Pick dashed Charlton's late-game heroics

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

For a few fleeting moments, Ike Charlton thought he was going to be a hero.

In the waning moments of Friday's CFL game against the Argos, the Winnipeg linebacker recovered Jeff Johnson's fumble at the Toronto 25. So the Blue Bombers were already in position to attempt a game-tying field goal. Alas, Toronto safety Orlando Steinauer picked off Mike Quinn's pass in the endzone to preserve an 18-15 victory.

"I knew we were, at worst, going into overtime and we just didn't put it away, man," Charlton said after the match. "That's the frustrating part about it. You know, we fought hard. We fought, fought, fought ...

"We've just got to finish. We've got to find a way on both sides of the ball to finish games."

The Bombers, who have lost three straight -- all at home -- head to Regina to play the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the annual Labour Day Classic this Sunday.

"That's a big game," Charlton said. "We need a 'W' just to get us back on the winning side and to feel good about ourselves, ya know? Right now, we're kind of down a little bit but we can pick it up.

"We can go out there and steal a win but it's going to be tough -- going into someone else's stadium. But we're a pretty good road team so that's what we're banking on."

The Bombers are 3-1 on the road and 2-4 at home.

LONG BOMB: Although the Bombers defence was solid once again, cornerback Omar Evans got beaten on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Damon Allen to R. Jay Soward.

"I caught up to him, I got in good position and I just turned the wrong way and the ball dropped in," Evans said. "Damon Allen made a great pass and he made the catch. That's my first one all year and I am human. Deion Sanders gets beat once in awhile for a touchdown but, still, I should have been back there deep and I'll take that. I have no problem taking the glory or taking the pain. I learn from my mistakes and I make up for them, believe me.

"This team has learned from its mistakes but we've just got to learn how to win. Offence, defence and special teams, we've got to learn how to win. We can't just win for 42 minutes or whatever, we've got to win for 60 minutes."

SHARING BLAME: Any time a team holds its opponent to 18 points, it should win.

"We had opportunities to put the game away, and we couldn't do it, either," said Bombers defensive lineman Doug Brown. "We had a great first half, but that's all for naught if you can't finish it in the second.

"We couldn't close the door. We had every (darn) opportunity in the world to do it. That's what makes it so frustrating."

REGINA-BOUND? The Bombers are sure hoping that QB Kevin Glenn (knee) and SB Milt Stegall (ribs), who have missed the last three games, will suit up in Regina.

"They're our big guns," said Bombers LB Barrin Simpson. "They were the reason why we were 5-2. Getting them back is going to be real huge for us."

INJURY WOES: With Kelly Malveaux the latest DB to be "nicked," Bombers GM Brendan Taman remains concerned about his secondary. Both CB Stanford Samuels (ankle) and DB Anthony Malbrough (knee) missed the last match and Taman is unsure of their status for this week ... With SB Kwame Cavil (ankle) also lost for an extended period, Taman is on the lookout for import receivers ... Although non-import OL Matt Sheridan (groin) will be out for another extended period, OL Carl Gourges was released Saturday.


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