First-place flop

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

Their first two plays of the third quarter summed up the night for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn threw a perfect pass to Scott Regimbald, but he dropped the ball.

On second down Glenn fired a pass out toward the sideline, and it was picked off by Davis Sanchez.

Once again, just too many mistakes for the Blue and Gold.

ALOUETTES 23 BOMBERS 20

The Montreal Alouettes took advantage of those miscues and were able to stop their own bleeding with a 23-20 win over the Bombers in the battle for first place in the East Division.

"We played hard for four quarters," Bombers head coach Doug Berry said. "We didn't play smart and disciplined for four quarters, and that was the difference in the game.

"... (But) I don't think it's a major step back at all."

The Alouettes, who fell 17-14 to the Bombers last week in Montreal, ended a six-game losing streak in front of 28,028 spectators at Canad Inns Stadium and moved into first place in the East at 8-6.

The enigmatic Bombers (7-8) lost for the sixth time in eight games but remain tied for second in the East with the Toronto Argonauts (7-6), who host the Calgary Stampeders today.

Winnipeg now has a bye week before travelling to Hamilton to take on the Tiger-Cats on Oct. 15. If Hamilton loses once and Edmonton falls twice before then, the Bombers will have a playoff spot locked up before they play at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Unfortunately for the Bombers, they won't go far in the playoffs if they play like they did last night.

Glenn tossed two interceptions and would have had more picked off if it weren't for a couple of Montreal drops. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 166 yards and a 10-yard touchdown toss to Derick Armstrong with 6:38 remaining in the fourth.

Armstrong had a 44-yard catch wiped out by an offensive pass interference penalty, Andrae Thurman had a bad drop, and defensive backs Omar Evans and Robert Bean failed to snag sure interceptions.

Armstrong's touchdown, which happened after Sanchez's taunting penalty kept the drive alive, gave the crowd some hope late in the fourth, but the Als were able to march down the field on the Bomber defence and run out the clock.

It was the same thing the Bombers did to the Als last week, which had middle linebacker Barrin Simpson peeved.

"Consistency will make you great," Simpson said. "That's how you become the Grey Cup champs. You gotta be consistent."

When Glenn was asked why the Bombers haven't been able to play consistent football, he replied: "No clue."

The Bombers roared out to a 7-0 lead on their opening drive that ended with Charles Roberts' one-yard run, but the Als responded with converted punt and field-goal fakes on a long drive that ended with Robert Edwards' two-yard touchdown run.

The Bombers were also tagged with an objectionable conduct penalty because of scoreboard interference.

"Those are three huge things that had an impact on the whole game," Berry said.

Quarterback Anthony Calvillo completed 21 of 30 passes for 272 yards for the Als, while Edwards finished with 20 carries for 109 yards.


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