Time to worry

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Sure, it was just another sloppy exhibition match for coaches to evaluate their talent.

But for Winnipeg, it may be time to worry.

Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry was determined to get his offence in rhythm before the CFL's regular season starts next week. However, except for the opening drive, quarterback Kevin Glenn failed to get into synch with the rest of the starters as the Bombers dropped a 24-20 decision to the Tiger-Cats in a pre-season match before 20,153 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium last night.

And Glenn had company as only veteran slotback Milt Stegall shone in the three quarters he played.

Glenn completed 18 of 26 passes for only 155 yards -- five of them to Stegall for 82 yards -- and one interception. Roberts rushed for 31 yards on nine carries.

"I was a little disappointed," Berry admitted. "I thought we would be a little smoother offensively than we were. But that doesn't come with total surprise that we were a little rusty. When you haven't been in the heat of the full-speed stuff ... (practice) is still not like this. We can be a little bit sharper than we were (last night), hopefully.

"(But) this is the way Kevin plays obviously. The way he's shown in the past, he comes out and shows a little rust, then just gets smoother as he goes along and that's what I hope and anticipate will happen ... I'm not concerned about that."

Glenn was relatively unconcerned as well.

"I felt all right, I felt pretty good," he said. "I felt comfortable and everything. As an offence, we weren't consistent enough and we had good drives, bad drives.

But that's going to happen in pre-season. But overall, I think I played pretty good. I moved the ball. I wish I had one play back (interception)."

And the backups battle for jobs fared little better in their quarter and change.

Quarterback Justin Holland completed just three of 11 passes for 27 yards and two picks.

"I wanted to see what he could do two weeks in a row," Berry said. "He certainly struggled (last night) and I will certainly evaluate all the reads and decisions he was making ...

"Right now it still does (concern me). I don't think we're ready to win the Grey Cup with our backup quarterback yet, for sure."

And Holland was well aware of his poor showing.

"Obviously, this didn't go as well (as last week)," he said. "I felt I was going where I needed to go for the most part in the beginning. Then that first interception, the guy (defensive back Kevin Timothee) came up from underneath that I didn't see and made a good play on the ball."

Hamilton kicker Mark Myers, who is battling Nick Setta for the job, kicked field goals of 16 and 34 yards in the fourth quarter to give the Ticats the come-from-behind victory. Myers also booted a 44-yard three-pointer and a single off a wide try. Setta kicked a 35-yard field goal. Hamilton quarterback Jason Maas also completed a two-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Talman Gardner. Hamilton also conceded three safety touches.

Winnipeg tailback Charles Roberts scored on a two-yard run. Winnipeg placekicker Troy Westwood booted field goals of 33 and 26 yards and added a single on a wide try. The Bombers also conceded two safeties.

HASHMARKS -- Canadian receiver Arjei Franklin had to be helped off the field after fielding a second-quarter punt and limped into the dressing room at the half ... the Bombers have apparently already released RB Antoine Bagwell.


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