Game Breakers

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Remember the fingers?

No one was more upset about losing to the Als than former Montreal assistant coach Doug Berry last year.

In fact, the Winnipeg head coach was still talking about how the Blue Bombers needed to learn from all of the turnovers they committed in blowing a lead to the Als in last year's CFL season-opener in Montreal during this year's training camp. And of course, both Berry and defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall were so steamed at former Alouettes mentor Don Matthews running up the score against the injury-ravaged Bombers in the second match in Winnipeg that they gave him the one-finger salute in the dying moments of a 44-16 drubbing.

The Als won three of the four regular-season games against Winnipeg last season but all but the one was a close battle.

And here are the players who can and have broken games open in contests against each other:

RB CHARLES ROBERTS

- Roberts, who has not been known to run well in Montreal, rushed for 71 yards on only 12 carries but added another three catches for 39 yards as the Bombers dropped a 27-17 heartbreaker in a game where the Als were ready to be had. Roberts was then held to only 38 yards on 14 carries, a telling stat considering that so many offensive linemen dropped that the Bombers finished with defensive lineman Jon Oosterhuis playing on the O-line. Roberts also had one catch for 32 yards as Montreal mashed the Bombers 44-16 in their own ballpark. Although those are not impressive stats, it was the second-best total on the team. But Blink bounced right back in Montreal, of all places. The scatback scurried for 159 yards and one touchdown on 19 rushes and added another 45 on four receptions as Berry's Bombers beat the Als 17-14 in their own backyard. Rumours that Matthews was about to lose his job then intensified. But less than a week later, the Als exacted revenge with a 23-20 victory in Winnipeg, although that failed to save Matthews. In that one, Roberts was held to 69 yards and one TD on 12 carries but added another 37 yards on five catches -- which was Winnipeg's best individual offensive total.

QB KEVIN GLENN

- The Winnipeg starter could have become an instant hero had he pulled off a miracle in Montreal in the season-opener. But instead he came home a bum for throwing late interceptions on ill-conceived attempts as the Als came back to beat Winnipeg 27-17, sending Berry into a post-game funk. Glenn completed 15 of 26 attempts for 173 yards with no touchdowns. He followed that up with a decent outing behind a patchwork O-line as he completed 14 of 28 passes for 262 yards and one touchdown, with only one pick, as the Als whipped Winnipeg 44-16. But Glenn also bounced back in the next encounter. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 298 yards, with one pick, as he led Winnipeg to Berry's first win over the Als, 17-14 -- in Montreal! He had lots of help, though as Derick Armstrong and Milt Stegall had 11 catches for 158 yards between the two of them. Then, Glenn almost made it two straight wins over the Als but faltered down the stretch again, throwing more picks with the game on the line. Yet, Glenn still completed 17 of 30 passes for 166 yards and one touchdown as the Bombers dropped a 23-20 squeaker to the Als at home. If Glenn can only put games away in the late going against Montreal or anyone else, he will become a true gamebreaker.

WR DER-MILT ARM-GALL

- The two headed monster became a force once Derick Armstrong joined the Blue Bombers well into the season, adding another weapon to the aerial arsenal led by future hall-of-famer Milt Stegall. The latter opened the season with five receptions for 61 yards in the 27-17 loss to Montreal. He followed that up with three catches for 31 yards in the 44-16 whipping. But Armstrong, who missed the first two encounters because he was still pursuing his NFL options, then latched on to seven passes for 70 yards while Stegall added another 88 yards on four receptions as the Bombers beat Montreal 17-14. The twosome led the way again in the next Montreal outing. Armstrong snagged six passes for 93 yards and one TD while Stegall added 32 yards on four catches as Winnipeg dropped a 23-20 decision.

QB ANTHONY CALVILLO

- They were down on the veteran pivot in Mount Royale last season but AC still somehow managed to lead the Als to the Grey Cup, although they did lose to B.C. Calvillo opened the season by completing 22 of 37 passes for 205 yards with one interception, leading Montreal to a 27-17 triumph. He followed that up by completing 27 of 45 attempts for 261 yards and three touchdowns as the Als lashed Winnipeg 44-16. However, the Montreal boo birds were out when Calvillo was held to just 50% of his tosses (14 of 28) for a mere 169 yards as the Bombers beat the Als 17-14 in their own backyard. But Calvillo rebounded by completing 21 of 30 passes for 272 yards as the Birds winged Winnipeg 23-20. Although those stats were down for a rock tosser who has been known to throw for 5,000 yards a season on a regular basis, he still found ways to win.

WR BEN CAHOON

- The non-import always seems to shine against the Bombers, bringing out the best in him over the years. And last year was no exception. Cahoon started the year off by grabbing five passes for 42 yards, many of them critical in Montreal's 27-17 victory. He followed that up by snagging another five for 60 yards in the 44-16 shellacking. And even when the Birds bowed to the Bombers 17-14, Cahoon caught six passes for 69 yards. And he snagged yet another five for 57 yards when Montreal edged the Bombers 23-20. Cahoon is a constant threat every time he plays Winnipeg or, for that matter, anyone else.

WR KERRY WATKINS

- The import gave Montreal the kind of deep threat that the Bombers were missing until Derick Armstrong showed up. He only caught three passes for 27 yards in Montreal's 27-17 victory but his mere presence spread the Winnipeg defence around enough for Calvillo to find enough holes to lead the Als to victory. Watkins followed that up with a six receptions for 81 yards as the Als whipped Winnipeg 44-16. Watkins was then held to 39 yards on three catches during Winnipeg's 17-14 win. But he rebounded by latching on to five passes for 50 yards as the Als nipped Winnipeg 23-20.

TEAM LEADERS

Touchdowns

Winnipeg -- Charles Roberts 4

Montreal -- None

Passing

Winnipeg -- Kevin Glenn 29-for-44, 416 yards, 1 TD, 0 int.

Montreal -- Anthony Calvillo 28-for-39, 271 yards, 0 TD, 3 int

Receptions

Winnipeg -- Milt Stegall 7, Derick Armstrong 7, Terrence Edwards 7

Montreal -- Ben Cahoon 11

Receiving Yards

Winnipeg -- Milt Stegall 126

Montreal -- Ben Cahoon 96

Rushing Yards

Winnipeg -- Charles Roberts 93

Montreal -- Mike Imoh 50

Kickoff Return Yards

Winnipeg -- Albert Johnson 81

Montreal -- Avon Cobourne 50

Punt Return Yards

Winnipeg -- Albert Johnson 8

Montreal -- Avon Cobourne 36

Missed Field Goal Return Yards

Winnipeg -- Albert Johnson 62

Montreal -- None

All Purpose Yards

Winnipeg -- Albert Johnson 151

Montreal -- Ben Cahoon 96

Yards From Scrimmage

Winnipeg -- Charles Roberts 129

Montreal -- Ben Cahoon 96

Punting

Winnipeg -- Pat Fleming 49.5 avg.

Montreal -- Damon Duval 46.9 avg.

Kickoffs

Winnipeg -- Troy Westwood 63.0 avg.

Montreal -- Damon Duval 65.5 avg

Scoring

Winnipeg -- Charles Roberts 24 points

Montreal -- Damon Duval 1 point

Placekicking

Winnipeg -- Troy Westwood 1-for-4 (25%)

Montreal --Damon Duval 0-for-1 (0%)

Fumble Recoveries

Winnipeg -- Doug Brown 1

Montreal -- none

Quarterback Sacks

Winnipeg -- Gavin Walls 1, Doug Brown 1

Montreal -- Randee Drew 1, Devone Claybrooks 1

Defensive Tackles

Winnipeg -- Barrin Simpson 7, Gavin Walls 7

Montreal -- Randee Drew 4, Anwar Stewart 4

Special Teams Tackles

Winnipeg -- Adrian Baird 3, Brian Guebert 3

Montreal -- Shawn Gallant 3

Interceptions

Winnipeg -- Kyries Hebert 1

Montreal -- None


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