Bombers D still remarkable

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Richie Williams, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' third-string quarterback, rushed for 16 meaningless yards on the last play of Friday's game.

Had that run not occurred, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defence would have allowed fewer than 100 yards of net offence for the second time this season.

Doing it once, allowing 72 yards against Toronto in June, was remarkable. Doing it a second time would have been unheard of.

The Bombers ended up allowing 108 yards of net offence in their 29-0 win over the Tabbies. It was the first time in almost 55 years that Hamilton had been shut out at home.

"We got the players, we got the coaches, and it's just straight execution right now," Bombers middle linebacker Barrin Simpson said.

And the Minister of Defence doesn't care one bit that backup quarterback Kevin Eakin was at the controls for Hamilton.

"Eakin hasn't taken too many game snaps this year, but still, don't take anything away from us," Simpson said.

"... It's a credit to all these guys committed to working hard and buying into (defensive) coach (Greg) Marshall's scheme."

STUNNING STEGALL: There are 11 games remaining, but Bombers SB Milt Stegall is on pace to set a CFL single-season record of 2,201 receiving yards.

Turtle Man, who had 11 grabs for 162 yards Friday night, has caught a league-leading 50 balls for 856 yards.

"Milt's playing super," Bombers head coach Doug Berry said. "I just hope he keeps wanting to play like he is right now for at least another year."

Allen Pitts set the league standard with 2,036 receiving yards for the Calgary Stampeders in 1994.

Berry said Stegall is fine despite taking a hard hit from Ticats DB Tay Cody in the second quarter of Friday's game.

LATE HITS: Troy Westwood's punting average on Friday was 51.7 yards ... At 3-1, the Bombers have already tripled their road win output from last season ... The Tiger-Cats released veteran SB Craig Yeast immediately after Friday's game, and according to the Globe and Mail, Yeast began cleaning out his locker in front of his teammates while exclaiming, "Don't tell me I don't play hard. I play hard every night."


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