Claws come out

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

No Milt Stegall.

No Kevin Glenn.

No chance.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost Glenn, their No. 1 quarterback, to a knee injury early in the second quarter of last night's East Division clash against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Glenn's injury, along with 233 all-purpose yards from Ticats running back Josh Ranek against the No. 1 defence in the league, propelled the Tabbies to a 26-11 victory over the Bombers in front of 26,521 disappointed spectators at Canad Inns Stadium.

The Bombers, who lost Glenn midway through the first quarter temporarily and then early in the second for good, fell to 5-3.

The Ticats improved to 2-6. It was sweet revenge for Hamilton, which lost 29-0 to Winnipeg last Friday at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

FIRMLY IN SECOND

The Bombers, who started a three-game homestand last night, host the B.C. Lions on Thursday night at the Stadium. The Blue and Gold remain firmly in second place in the East, four points back of the 7-0 Montreal Alouettes.

The Bombers, who were already missing Stegall, the CFL's top receiver, because of bruised ribs, marched down the field on their first drive with help from a Ticats penalty for roughing Winnipeg kicker Troy Westwood on a missed field goal.

Two plays later, Glenn hit Andrae Thurman from 15 yards out to give the hosts a 7-0 lead. It was Thurman's first CFL touchdown in seven starts.

Glenn, however, hurt his left knee on the next drive after getting sacked by Winnipeg native and Ticats safety Wayne Shaw. Backup Brad Banks took over, and the Bombers settled for a 51-yard punt single by Troy Westwood.

Glenn returned for the third and fourth drives, but he aggravated the injury when Ticats defensive end Anthony Collier got his hand on Glenn's arm just as he was throwing the ball.

Banks went back in for the fifth drive, but head coach Doug Berry wasn't pleased with his effort, because third-stringer Russ Michna, cut during training camp and brought back three weeks ago when Mike Quinn got hurt, was at the controls the next time out.

Michna fumbled twice, and lost the ball once. Meanwhile, Ticats quarterback Jason Maas, who missed last week's game with a hip pointer, found Ralph from five yards out and Ranek from 38 yards.

Those scores, combined with punter Pat Fleming's 60-yard single, gave Hamilton a 15-8 edge.

UGLY SECOND HALF

The Ticats conceded a safety with 3:09 left in the second quarter, but Jamie Boreham booted an 11-yard field goal with 46 seconds remaining that allowed Hamilton to take an 18-10 lead into the break.

Winnipeg's second half was almost as ugly as its one against Montreal on July 15. Berry put Banks back at the controls to start the third quarter, but the former Ottawa Renegade could get nothing going.

In fact, the only scoring the Bombers got in the second half was a single point -- on Westwood's missed 30-yard field goal.

Not good.

Banks completed just eight of 20 passes for 65 yards. He was also intercepted by Airabin Justin.

Fleming added a 51-yard single, and fullback Julian Radlein had a one-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth to round out the Hamilton scoring.

Ranek finished with 164 rushing yards on 27 carries and 69 yards on four catches.


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