Did you catch the Labour Day Classic on Sunday? Man, there were potential game-breakers on just about every play, thanks to some bewildered defences.
The Winnipeg-Saskatchewan game was punctuated by a game-breaker as Roughriders quarterback Kerry Joseph raced 27 yards up the middle untouched to score the winning touchdown with the game on the line in the waning seconds.
Big-time players make big-time plays and Joseph has made a lot of them this season, leading the Roughies to the best record in the CFL at 7-2.
And here are the potential game-breakers for each side when the two teams face each other in the re-match at this Sunday's Banjo Bowl at Canad Inns Stadium:
CHARLES ROBERTS, RB
- The ever-dangerous tailback toughed out 83 yards on 16 carries against the CFL's stingiest run defence during last Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Roughies. And that crowned him as the Bomber leading rusher of all time. The 5-foot-6, 182-pound Sacramento State dynamo was good against the Roughriders last year, too. Roberts, 28, rambled for 103 yards and one touchdown as the Bombers beat Saskatchewan 27-23 in last year's Banjo Bowl. In last year's Labour Day Classic, Roberts rushed for 90 yards on only 12 carries, one of the few bright spots in a 39-12 loss.
MILT STEGALL, SB
- Although the veteran slotback caught only two passes for 38 yards against Saskatchewan on Sunday, he did have a big one called back due to a questionable holding call.But the 6-foot, 180-pound Miami (Ohio) product has been a thorn in Saskatchewan's side over the years. Last year, Stegall led all receivers with seven receptions for 110 yards and one TD when Winnipeg clipped Saskatchewan in the Banjo Bowl. Although Stegall, 37, was coming off injury the previous week, he still managed to snag four passes for 39 yards and a major during the 39-12 loss.
KEVIN GLENN, QB
- Despite last week's loss, the Winnipeg quarterback continued with a hot hand. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound pivot passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns by completing 27 of 36 passes. Last year, Glenn completed 20 of 32 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown as he led the Bombers to a 27-23 victory over Saskatchewan in last year's Banjo Bowl. However, Glenn, 28, was held to only 12 completions on 29 tries for 168 yards and one TD in the 39-12 Labour Day loss. Honourable mention to wide receiver Derick Armstrong who caught 13 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns in his first game against his old team last week.
KERRY JOSEPH, QB
- The much-maligned Rider quarterback has been a thorn in the Bomber side ever since he donned Green and White. Joseph, 33, continued sticking it to Winnipeg when he completed 20 of 32 passes for 348 yards and two TDs as he led the Roughies to a 31-26 victory last Sunday. And would-be Bomber tacklers were just not able to pull him down as the former NFL safety scrambled for 74 yards and one major on just nine carries -- which was more yardage than tailback Wes Cates gained. Last year, Joseph completed 16 of 29 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns when Saskatchewan dropped a 27-23 decision to the Bombers in the Banjo Bowl. But the week before, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound McNeese State product scrambled for 48 yards and two majors on only seven carries. He added 12 completions of 23 passes for 207 yards and another two TDs as Saskatchewan seared the Bombers 39-12 in the Labour Day Classic.
MATT DOMINGUEZ, WR
- The 6-foot-3, 220-pound import wide receiver has not put up gaudy numbers against the Bombers but has been a threat to go deep in each outing. Just last week, the Sam Houston State product latched on to three Joseph passes for 59 yards and one touchdown. Dominguez, 29, was also one of Saskatchewan's better players when they lost 27-23 to Winnipeg in last year's Banjo Bowl. He caught three passes for 47 yards. However, Dominguez was held to just one 11-yard catch in Saskatchewan's 39-12 victory in last year's Labour Day Classic.
ANDY FANTUZ, SB
- The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Canadian receiver is quickly developing into a game-breaker -- when he hangs on to the ball. The Chatham, Ont., native grabbed four passes for 96 yards as Saskatchewan sunk the Bombers 31-26 last Sunday. He was virtually wide-open on every catch as Bomber defenders somehow ignored the huge target. And when he did catch the ball, would-be Winnipeg tacklers had a tough time pulling him down. Last year, Fantuz had two catches for 43 yards during the loss to the Bombers in the Banjo Bowl. Although he was held to one catch for 14 yards in the Labour Day Classic, he was primarily a backup then.
Winnipeg -- Charles Roberts 9
Saskatchewan -- D.J. Flick 7
Winnipeg -- Kevin Glenn 213-for-307, 2,770 yards, 14 TDs, 3 Int
Saskatchewan -- Kerry Joseph 137-for-242, 2,011 yards, 14 TDs, 5 int
Winnipeg -- Derick Armstrong 49
Saskatchewan -- Matt Dominguez 39
Winnipeg -- Milt Stegall 686
Saskatchewan -- Matt Dominguez 643
Winnipeg -- Charles Roberts 805
Saskatchewan -- Wes Cates 520
Kickoff Return Yards
Winnipeg -- Albert Johnson 696
Saskatchewan -- Corey Holmes 520
Punt Return Yards
Winnipeg -- Albert Johnson 219
Saskatchewan -- Corey Holmes 151
Missed Field Goal Return Yards
Winnipeg -- Albert Johnson 211
Saskatchewan -- Corey Holmes 29
All Purpose Yards
Winnipeg -- Charles Roberts 1,064
Saskatchewan -- Corey Holmes 819
Yards From Scrimmage
Winnipeg -- Charles Roberts 1,064
Saskatchewan -- Wes Cates 735
Winnipeg -- Rob Pikula 41.4 avg.
Saskatchewan -- Jamie Boreham 42.1 avg.
Winnipeg -- Rob Pikula 55.2 avg.
Saskatchewan -- Jamie Boreham 64.8 avg.
Winnipeg -- Charles Roberts 54 points
Saskatchewan -- Luca Congi 90 points
Winnipeg -- Rob Pikula 7-for-10 (70%)
Saskatchewan -- Luca Congi 20-for-28 (71.4%)
Winnipeg -- Gavin Walls 2
Saskatchewan -- Fred Perry 2
Winnipeg -- Corey Jenkinsd 3
Saskatchewan -- Scott Schultz, James Johnson 2
Winnipeg -- Tom Canada 7
Saskatchewan -- Fred Perry 6
Winnipeg -- Barrin Simpson 61
Saskatchewan -- Fred Perry 42
Special Teams Tackles
Winnipeg -- Kyries Hebert 14
Saskatchewan -- Kitawana Jones, Neal Hughes 8
Winnipeg -- Kyries Hebert, Barrin Simpson, Corey Jenkins 1
Saskatchewan -- James Johnson 3