Exhibition time is over

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

MONTREAL -- There are a great many stories in training camps across the CFL.

Some of those will come to unhappy endings this weekend, some will take on a new life and others will add another chapter to their own tales.

It took import receiver Andrae Thurman a while to get involved in own his tale last night but he impressed when he did.

"I was being patient," said Thurman, who led the Bombers with four receptions for 90 yards in their 30-15 loss to the Alouettes. "With our offence, the quarterback's got to get the reads. But it's a fast game and we'll be all right. It was just a pre-season game.

"I felt there was a couple of plays I should have made out there. But those guys on the other side are getting paid just as well. I would have liked to have made those plays and to have gotten into synch earlier in the game. But sometimes, the game is like that."

At weak-side linebacker, neither candidate -- Cedric Dickerson and Ike Charlton -- out-shone the other while Donnie Green made a few plays on the other side but took a stupid offside penalty on a key play.

There also seemed to be few obvious answers at safety or defensive tackle as both Ron Warner and Dante Booker had their moments.

Meanwhile, cornerback Omar Evans shone while Stanford Samuels and Robert Bean had some problems.

Troy Westwood had a distinct edge on Brian Claybourne in the punting department and never missed a field goal.

Ex-NFL tailback Onterrio Smith rushed for only seven yards on two carries and fumbled the ball away on his first. He also returned one kickoff for 14 yards.

Albert Johnson III returned three kickoffs for 78 yards and had a punt-return TD called back due to a penalty.

The Bombers must trim their 68-man roster to 42 with a four-man reserve and a seven-man practice roster, which has certain restrictions (such as a CIS development player) by tomorrow afternoon.

REPLAY OOPS: For the second straight week, Montreal head coach Don Matthews lost a replay challenge. This time, his team lost possession of the ball, too. Matthews challenged an incomplete ruling when receiver Thyron Anderson fought Winnipeg defensive back Sidney Haugabrook for the ball, coming up with it out of bounds. But after checking the replay, officials awarded an interception of the Anthony Calvillo pass to Haugabrook.

"I wanted to thank Don for that," joked Bombers head coach Doug Berry.

Matthews, who later lost another challenge, has already gone on record saying he is against instant replay. We're guessing he won't be changing his mind any time soon.


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