Sharing the moment

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

The final pieces are in place to celebrate Milt Stegall's claim to CFL history tonight.

Both his wife, Darlene, and two-year-old son, Chase, will be in town hoping to witness the Winnipeg slotback's historic touchdown when the Blue Bombers take on Edmonton in CFL action. Should he score No. 138, it would be the most ever.

"Just the fact that they're here is special," Stegall said yesterday. "If I was to break the touchdown record, that would be great because they are here and they mean so much to me. My wife, she sacrifices and gives up so much so I can be here. So, it would definitely be ideal.

"She said she wished I would've broken it last week because now, the pressure's on her because everybody's going to be asking her in the stands, 'Is he breaking the record? Why did he drop that ball? What's going on with him? He's looking slow. He's getting old.' But the fact that they're here, it's always a great feeling."

And Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn has been joking about the milestone with Stegall:

"We tell him stuff like, 'After you get this record, you're not getting any more passes.'"

FITTING IN: Rookie WR Kerry Johnson will get his first taste of CFL action, replacing Derick Armstrong (knee).

"He's a good receiver," Glenn said. "He's fast, catches the ball with his hands, runs good routes. He's getting an opportunity to play and show his skills." The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Johnson has not played since suffering a knee injury in an NFL training camp in 2005.

"It's been a while and I'm just excited to play with these guys," said the Mississippi product. "I'm just trying to find a place where I can fit in with this receiving corps because it's so talented."

STEPPING IN: Bomber DB Gabriel Fulbright is also hoping to fit in to shore up an injury-riddled secondary.

"There's not really any pressure at all," he said. "I mean, we all know what we're doing. That's why you have guys ready to step in and I'm just glad to have the opportunity to step in. I'm not nervous or anything, I'm just ready to play."

Bomber head coach Doug Berry, however, may be a little anxious facing Edmonton QB Ricky Ray.

"It's always harder to play without whom you perceive to be maybe your top DBs," he admitted. "But we've got guys playing this week that have played here in other games and are still on this roster so, we obviously have a good feeling about them."

Rookie DB Chijioke Onyenegecha will also play his first CFL game as both CBs Robert Bean (knee) and Anthony Malbrough (ankle) are out.

"It is a rare chance," Edmonton WR Trevor Gaylor told Sun Media. "But as soon as starters go down, a new starter is born. You don't want a guy to earn a starting job on you. You want to take advantage of the lack of experience."

HASHMARKS: The Bombers had sold almost 28,000 tickets to tonight's contest by 5 p.m. yesterday ... Fans are reminded to bring either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation for the Purolator Tackle Hunger Food Drive. In return, they can get their picture taken with the Grey Cup.


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