Ike irked about drops

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Even four days later, he was still lamenting the big ones that got away.

The score was 26-18 for the B.C. Lions late in the fourth quarter on Friday night when quarterback Jarious Jackson threw the ball right to the out-stretched arms of Winnipeg linebacker Ike Charlton, and there was nothing but daylight between him and the endzone.

But Charlton watched the football drop like a prize catch wriggling off the hook. Then he raced towards the sidelines, his helmet raised like a spear, looking for someone or something to bear the brunt of his frustration.

"It was a case where I saw six points," Charlton recalled yesterday. "But my back had started to cramp up so, I wasn't able to really get full extension on it so I was kind of mad. But in cases like that, you've got to make those plays ... I'm one of the playmakers on the defence and I didn't make that play.

'PRETTY FRUSTRATING'

"You don't get a lot of opportunities to get interceptions and that was the second one I dropped. So, that was pretty frustrating. But, at least we stopped them and gave our guys (offence) a chance to get back in there. We didn't come out with the victory, though. If I make the catch, I'm going in for six and it's a different situation so, I was pretty upset that I didn't catch that one."

B.C. wound up beating the Blue Bombers, 26-20 in the CFL contest.

Bomber defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall was asked what goes through his mind when a defender blows a pick or a fumble recovery during a close game.

"I don't think I'm allowed to say that right now," he replied. "It's frustration, just from the standpoint of it's a lost opportunity for us."

Earlier in the match, Charlton dropped a sure pick in the endzone.

"Oh, man," he exclaimed. "Actually, I wasn't even supposed to be there. My guy ended up blocking so I was just running and somebody told me to turn my head and the next thing is, there's the ball and I'm like, 'Oh!' I catch it, then I slip and when I hit the ground, I hit my elbow and it came out of there ... You've got to keep control of it once it hits the ground.

"So, it was pretty frustrating because I want to make the big play, which is the interceptions and stuff, and I didn't make that play. I felt that, if I make those plays in those situations, it's a different situation. He don't get that touchdown if I make that (early) pick. Maybe we don't put our offence into a position where they've got to score in the last seconds if I make that (other) pick. Who knows what would have happened?"

After the first drop, Jackson scrambled five yards for B.C.'s first touchdown on the next play.

"It is something that I will take as motivation into this game," said Charlton, referring to the one against the Stampeders in Calgary this Sunday. "That won't happen again. You've got to make those catches. To help your team win, you've got to be able to step up to the plate and make those plays. And I let them slip away ... It came back to haunt us ... A good play will keep you in the games. A great play will win games for you."


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