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KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:25 PM ET

Doug Berry knew the questions were going to be asked, so he came prepared.

As soon as the topic of how Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Charles Roberts was used in the second quarter of Friday's night's 18-15 loss to the Toronto Argonauts came up, the head coach whipped out the play-by-play sheets from his back pocket.

Berry had highlighted each of Roberts's nine touches in the second half with a yellow highlighter, and he read each one out loud to the assembled media.

The numbers (see box) weren't exactly pretty, and Berry said he had no problems with offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson's play calling.

"No. This is exactly what we wanted to do," Berry said. "The matter of fact was that we didn't execute what we needed to.

"When we hand the ball off, we expect more out of the running game."

Roberts rushed for 99 yards on 12 carries in the first half, but he managed only 21 yards on nine rushes in the second. He also had a fumble and didn't touch the ball in the final 11 minutes of the fourth quarter.

The last time Roberts handled the rock was when he was stopped on third-and-one at Toronto 37-yard line. Berry said someone missed a block.

Roberts, who can be mercurial at the best of times, bolted from the locker-room without even showering after Friday's game, presumably because he was upset about not getting the ball.

Berry figured Roberts was simply mad that the Bombers lost.

"The way I felt was probably the same way Charles felt, and he was lucky enough to get out of here," Berry said.

There was a rumour that Roberts left the sideline with 30 seconds left in the game, but it was untrue.

"I heard from two reliable sources that Charles Roberts was on the sideline throughout the end of the game," Berry said. "He did not leave the sidelines early."

Whether he was there for Berry's post-game address to the team is another story.

"I usually, as a matter of fact, stand by his locker, but I didn't for this night, so I don't know if he was there or not," Berry said. "I wouldn't have taken attendance, and if somebody's so hot that they gotta leave ... I've never even heard of anybody ever doing that.

"He couldn't have left before I talked to the team, because that's the first thing we do. He would've had to change his pads before I came in.

"I don't know how he could've done it, because I was the first one in the locker-room."

Roberts wasn't the only one upset. Several players were grumbling about abandoning the running game in the second half and that it's happened more than once this season.

Berry said the Argos simply did a better job of stopping Roberts in the second half than they did in the first. His 1.7-yard average on first downs would appear to back up Berry's claim.

"We handed the ball off enough to Charles Roberts in the second half," Berry said.


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