Goose egg for Stegall

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Last Monday, Milt Stegall had four catches for a career-high 234 yards and four touchdowns.

Yesterday, Milt Stegall had zero catches for zero yards and zero touchdowns.

That's not a misprint, folks.

Remarkably, it was just the third time in 154 career games that the Bomber slotback did not record at least one catch in a regular-season game.

And the team that has shut him out all three times was the Toronto Argonauts, who did it again yesterday en route to a 35-32 win.

The Boatmen also held Stegall off the scoresheet on Sept. 9, 2000, and Sept. 19, 1998.

Extra attention

Stegall admitted that he got some extra attention yesterday from the Argos secondary.

"That's true," he said. "And you know I'm a team player, but give Milt Stegall some opportunity. That's what I say. I know through the scheme of things certain things happen, but give me some opportunity. Give me some chances to make some plays. I've made some in double coverage before.

"And I'm not knocking the plays that were called or Kevin (Glenn) or anything like that, but I want to be more involved. They pay me too much money not to be more involved."

Stegall had one ball thrown his way in the first quarter, but he wasn't a target again until late in the fourth.

The closest he came to making a catch was when he drew a pass-interference penalty that set up Glenn's five-yard touchdown toss to Darnell McDonald two plays later.

Bombers head coach Jim Daley didn't seem overly concerned that Stegall finished without a catch.

"Obviously, the Toronto coverage was effective," Daley said. "It's more a tribute to the Toronto defence than anything.

"To be honest, whether Milt catches one ball or 10, the result is if you're taking him away, it opens other things."

QUOTABLE: "We're a good team, and you can see that. The wins and losses, it just doesn't show right now. We were going blow for blow and pound for pound with the defending Grey Cup champs, and they made a play at the end of the game to win it."

-- Bombers QB Kevin Glenn, who refuses to be dejected despite his team's 5-11 record.

LATE HITS: Recently acquired DB Anthony Malbrough, who made his Bomber debut yesterday, left the game late in the first half after aggravating a hamstring injury and is out for a while. Daley said DB Ike Charlton, who signed with the team on Wednesday, will play on Saturday against the Lions ... LB Joe Tuipala, who made his Bomber debut in place of six-year veteran Ryland Wickman, played sparingly and had just one special teams tackle.


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