Stats, it seems, are for losers

PAUL FRIESEN, SPORTS COLUMNIST

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

REGINA -- What is it they say -- stats are for losers?

That was certainly the case for Winnipeg Blue Bomber receiver Derick Armstrong and quarterback Kevin Glenn yesterday.

Both turned in career-type days that went for naught, as the Bombers lost, 31-26, to the Roughriders.

Armstrong, in particular, had the type of night players dream of, with 13 catches -- the second-best single-game total in franchise history -- for 205 yards and two touchdowns, the Texan's first 200-yard game since college.

"But it's like having zero yards," Armstrong said. "What I did really didn't matter. You can have all the yards you want to, but the main goal for us is to win."

Armstrong was Glenn's favourite target all afternoon, on a day when the CFL's highest-rated, full-time passer completed an impressive 75% of his passes (27 of 36) for 393 yards, three touchdowns and, for the sixth straight game, no interceptions.

"It doesn't take one person to float a boat," Glenn said. "You need everybody paddling and going in the same direction. Our offensive line blocked well, the receivers ran the right routes and I delivered the ball.

"But we still had penalties in crucial situations where we could have come away with points instead of punting the ball."

The only costly offensive penalty was a holding call on Alexandre Gauthier that wiped out a 41-yard Glenn-to-Milt Stegall pass in the fourth quarter.

The Bombers took several penalties on defence, including three by Corey Jenkins, and a couple on special teams left them in lousy field position.

Overall, they took 10 to Saskatchewan's five.

THE STRAIGHT GOODS: D-lineman Jerome Haywood didn't mince any words when talking about his play yesterday.

"I pretty much played like s---," Haywood said. "Really and truly. For whatever reason I was tired out there, I wasn't getting to the ball. I don't know about the defence. All I know is I played like s---. And I plan on coming back next week, ready to go."

Haywood recovered a Riders fumble, but didn't register a tackle. He wasn't on the field for the game-winning run.

WHY WAIT?: Haywood wasn't the only one antsy to get the rematch underway.

"I wish the game that's next week would be tomorrow," safety Kyries Hebert, still angry about the last drive, said. "I'm ready to play now."

Glenn apparently felt the same way.

"I'm ready to get back on the field right now," the quarterback said. "If we could go back to Winnipeg tonight and suit back up tomorrow, I'm ready to play again. This one is a real tough one. But we've got to put this one behind us, because we've got them again next week."

KUDOS FROM ABOU: Riders O-lineman Mike Abou-Mechrek had nothing but good things to say about the Winnipeg D-line.

"They're good, man. I'd forgotten," the former Bomber said. "Doug (Brown) made me look like a little girl on some plays. Nothing against little girls. But I'll take getting worked and a win, any day."


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