Roberts wants the rock

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Charles Roberts leaned up against a table yesterday wearing his cool shades on a hot and extremely muggy afternoon.

His simple message: Get me the ball.

"I really like to run the ball. That's what I like to do," the Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back said. "And I need to run it, because I'm behind in the rushing race right now."

Roberts lugged the leather only 24 times for 71 yards in Winnipeg's last two games. Tonight's opponent, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, are last in the CFL against the run.

Their No. 1 mission, however, is to stop the man known as Blink.

"We need to take Roberts away," Ticats coach Ron Lancaster said. "... You need to control him to eliminate their whole package."

Roberts, who is second in CFL rushing with 475 yards, took that as a compliment.

"That's good. I like Ron Lancaster, too. He's a nice guy," Roberts said. "I think he might be right. We do a lot of things through me on the field, whether I'm picking up 100 yards or not."

But those 100 yards sure would be nice, Roberts hinted.

"We can run on any team in this league, and hopefully (tonight) we will attempt to more than we did last week ... please," he said.

FAMILIAR FACE: CB Sam Young, recently cut by the B.C. Lions, will make his Ticats debut tonight.

And the man trying to torch him will be Bombers QB Kevin Glenn, who was Young's roommate for three years at Illinois State.

"If it so happens that I throw a touchdown pass on him, then it so happens that I throw a touchdown pass on him," Glenn said with a sly smile on his face.

QUOTABLE: "I'm a vet, but that's one area that I'm still maturing in, that it's OK to take over the game. Even though it's a team game, it's OK to just say, 'I'm the best guy out here. Feed me, and I'll get you there.' That's what I'm starting to get into now."

-- Ticats WR Kamau Peterson, who dropped too many passes in Winnipeg before getting traded to Hamilton last August.

LATE HITS: The humidity in Hamilton these days is downright oppressive, and Bombers head coach Doug Berry has been instructing his players to drink as much water as possible to avoid cramping tonight ... For those of you who love the Xs and Os of football, the Bombers have altered their offensive game plan to counter the Ticats defence, which often features both man and zone coverages on the same play ... The leading rusher for the Ticats, who feature both Josh Ranek and Corey Holmes, is QB Jason Maas, with 162 yards ... Bombers SB Milt Stegall needs five touchdowns to break the CFL's all-time mark of 137 ... After tonight, the Bombers don't play on the road again until the Labour Day Classic in Regina on Sept. 3. "We've got a chance (tonight) to go 3-1 on the road at this point, and that's what I'm really focusing on," Berry said.


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