Blue rock the Argos

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:47 AM ET

TORONTO -- The blood-stained bandage on Matt Sheridan's nose was symbolic of what the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had just done.

BOMBERS 24 ARGOS 17

It wasn't exactly pretty but it allows the healing process to continue.

The Bombers got another solid outing from their defence, and slotback Milt Stegall had 10 catches for 136 yards and the 132nd touchdown of his stellar CFL career as Winnipeg dumped the Toronto Argonauts 24-17 yesterday afternoon in front of 26,304 spectators at Rogers Centre.

"I'm a natural born skeptic, so I don't want to get too worked up, but I've got a pretty good vibe," said Sheridan, the Bombers offensive lineman who suffered a gash on the bridge of his nose for the second straight game. "Things are coming together. We've got an absolutely phenomenal dynamic in the locker-room.

"We are playing for each other."

It was the third straight win for the Bombers, who, at 3-1, are tied for first place in the East Division with the 3-0 Montreal Alouettes. Winnipeg became just the second CFL team to win on the road in 12 games this season, and it also snapped a three-game losing skid at Rogers Centre.

The Argos, who lost their third straight game with quarterback Spergon Wynn playing for the injured Damon Allen, fell to 1-3.

Winnipeg's victory sets up a huge game on Saturday, when the Alouettes will pay a visit to Canad Inns Stadium. The Bombers have momentum and a week to prepare for their biggest home game in a long time.

"This is a time to party in Winnipeg, because in two days we gotta close the door (and get back to practice)," said giddy Bombers head coach Doug Berry. "We're going after Montreal. It's going to be for first place.

"... I'm feeling really good about this team, and they should be feeling pretty good about themselves."

Winnipeg's defence forced four turnovers yesterday, and all of them were on downs. The second one, which came late in the second quarter on a Toronto third-and-one, set up Charles Roberts' 23-yard touchdown run that put the Bombers up 13-7 at the half.

Wynn hit R. Jay Soward on a 75-yard touchdown bomb midway through the third quarter to put the Argos up 14-13, but the Bombers took the lead back early in the fourth with Troy Westwood's 18-yard field goal.

After a quick two-and-out by the defence, Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn found Stegall from 15 yards out to put the visitors up 23-14. Stegall is now just five touchdowns shy of the CFL record of 137.

Westwood also booted field goals from 42 and 38, while punter Sam Paulescu had a 60-yard punt single in the final minute.

Noel Prefontaine added a 30-yard field goal for the Argos.

'TRIBUTE'

Glenn completed 24 of 36 passes for 261 yards and the touchdown, Roberts had 18 carries for 105 yards and the Bombers played a third straight game without committing a turnover on offence.

"When you do that, you got a chance to win," said Berry. "That's a tribute to Kevin, Charles, the O-line and everybody."

Wynn had his best outing of the year, completing 27 of 38 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 14-yarder to Andre Talbot in the first quarter of the game.

Former NFL star Ricky Williams, however, was a different story, as the Argos running back had nine carries for a paltry six yards. He managed just 14 yards on eight carries in Winnipeg's 16-9 win two weeks ago.

That's a grand total of 20 yards on 17 carries for the former Heisman Trophy winner in two games against the Blue and Gold.

"The thing about our D is that we didn't quit," said Bombers defensive end Tom Canada. "There were definitely some times when we were kind of looking around and saying, 'Oh s---,' but we never quit."


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