'Stars' unable to ride to rescue

PAUL FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

REGINA -- Kevin Glenn and Milt Stegall said they weren't going to be the Winnipeg Blue Bomber saviours.

Boy, were they right about that.

The return of the team's starting quarterback and all-star receiver for last night's Labour Day clash with Saskatchewan did nothing to cure the offensive malaise that has gripped the Bombers for four weeks, now.

"Everything happened for them, nothing happened for us," Stegall summed up, after the offence managed just one touchdown in a 39-12 loss to the Roughriders.

"Offensively, we didn't do anything. We couldn't get it going. Whatever we did, they were able to, I guess, counter. They had a good game plan. And our game plan, we didn't execute."

Stegall managed four catches for 37 yards and the lone touchdown, while Glenn struggled early and often. Both missed the previous three losses with injuries.

"I didn't have any problems with my knee or anything," Glenn said. "It could have been some of me not being out on the field the past three games. But you can't make excuses. This is what we do for a living. And however long you're out, when you come back you gotta produce."

Head coach Doug Berry replaced Glenn with Brad Banks with just under five minutes to go.

"When I decided to pull him, he came running over to me and did not want to come out of that football game," Berry said. "I'm pleased to hear that. He's a competitor. He wants to win, and he wants to work out whatever his faults are right now. He was just not as sharp as he needed to be."

Glenn had plenty of company, as the lack of production from other players continued.

The offensive line, for example, gave up three sacks and created space only sporadically for running back Charles Roberts, who carried 12 times for 90 yards.

'Get momentum back'

"I know I need to pick up my game," lineman Mike Abou-Mechrek said. "They could have put a broomstick in my place and it probably would have done a better job."

The Bombers have now gone four straight games with less than 300 yards offence, managing 276 last night.

"Unfortunately, we've got to watch this film all week, because this is the team we play next week," Stegall said. "We've got to get some momentum back."


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