Bombers 'half-baked'

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

TORONTO -- Whatever ghosts remain here still haunt the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Every time they play here, something strange seems to befall.

The Bombers scored only one point in the first half, their tailback rushed for zero yards in the opening 30 minutes and the special teams were asleep at the switch.

The Argos took advantage by out-scoring Winnipeg 21-1 in the first half, then held on for a 31-23 victory in a CFL contest before 26,423 witnesses at the Rogers Centre yesterday.

The Bombers did out-score Toronto 22-10 in the latter half.

"It was like a half-baked souffle," said Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown. "We did what we needed to do and won the second half of the game but we just dug ourselves too big a hole in the first half. So it's disappointing.

"It's a tough place to come into ... We get to come back and if we're interested in making it to the championship, we'd better learn to play well here because we can't let this place haunt us. We need to play well on the road, especially here in Toronto if we want to achieve and accomplish all of our goals this year."

Toronto, of course, will host the Grey Cup.

Toronto's Dominique Dorsey, cut by Winnipeg in training camp, returned a kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown -- the longest of the CFL season -- in the first quarter.

Toronto quarterback Michael Bishop completed an 18-yard TD toss to wide receiver Frank Murphy while placekicker Noel Prefontaine kicked field goals of 47 and 16 yards. The Bombers also conceded a safety touch.

Although Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn completed 30 of a career-high 54 passes, he was picked off twice with Argo defensive back Kenny Wheaton returning the second for an 84-yard touchdown.

"We just had too many turnovers and didn't get anything going in the first half, it's as simple as that," said a clearly-frustrated Glenn. "We knew what they were doing in the first half, we just didn't execute plays in the first half.

"It's just one of those games. We got behind and you don't always want to get behind and keep on trying to come back ... (But) it's one game. It's not going to make or break a season. We've got six more games left. This is a minor setback."

'WE DIDN'T PLAY WELL'

Winnipeg remains atop the East with a 7-4-1 record, three points ahead of Montreal.

"We didn't play well as a team," said Bombers linebacker Barrin Simpson. "We squandered away an opportunity to separate ourselves and really move towards clinching the Eastern division. To be a division champ and to get to where we need to be, we've got to come to play every week. Every week. That's a frustrating, frustrating loss right there because we didn't play well."

Glenn completed touchdown passes of 11 yards to slotback Terrence Edwards and 30 to wide receiver Derick Armstrong while tailback Charles Roberts scored on a two-yard run. Prefontaine also booted a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Winnipeg hosts the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday.

HASHMARKS: SB Chris Brazzell, who replaced Milt Stegall (shoulder), suffered a knee injury during the match ... CB Juran Bolden did not make it to the game due to personal reasons and was replaced by defensive back/linebacker Marcus Winn in the lineup.


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