Freddy to the rescue

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

Some wondered whether Winnipeg could muster much of a running game without injured tailback Charles Roberts in the lineup.

Although Fred Reid did rush for 57 yards on 13 carries during last week's loss to Toronto, Roberts had no reason to worry about his starting job. Heck, Reid's longest lug versus the Argos was just 12 yards.

But last night, it was 'Fiercesome Freddie' to the rescue, sparking the Blue Bombers to a 20-17 victory over Montreal.

In the first half of the CFL game alone, the 5-foot-8, 183-pound Mississippi State speedster rushed for a total of 101 yards on only eight carries. Yes, eight. And that included gains of 44 and 26 yards. The former set up a 30-yard field goal by Blue Bombers placekicker Troy Westwood late in the second quarter. The latter set up a 21-yard Westwood three-pointer with just 16 ticks left on the clock in the first half to give Winnipeg a 20-14 lead.

TOUCHDOWN

Reid, 25, also raced 18 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and added a one-yard TD run in the second.

Reid, who has been on the roster all season as a kickoff returner, kick cover guy and backup running back, took advantage of an offensive line that features two all-stars, tackles Dan Goodspeed and Alexandre Gauthier.

The ground game was especially important in the opening 30 minutes because Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn completed only eight of 15 passes for just 123 yards and no touchdowns, with one ugly interception. Mind you, Bomber receivers dropped four catchable balls in the first half alone.

Reid, who also had three catches for 32 yards, finished with 139 yards on 17 carries.

NOTING: Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn passed the 5,000-yard passing mark last night, the only QB in the CFL to do so this season ... Bomber slotback Milt Stegall, who dropped two passes against Toronto last week, dropped another three last night. So did wide receiver O-Neil Wilson ... Although he made two, Winnipeg placekicker Troy Westwood missed three-pointers from the 49 and 43 into a slight breeze ... Bomber safety Kyries Hebert snagged his team-leading third interception in the third quarter ... Bomber centre Obby Khan appeared to suffer an injury to his right arm in the second quarter and, although he was in uniform on the sidelines during the second half, he did not return to play ... Bomber cornerback Greg Moss suffered a leg injury during the third quarter but returned to play ... Middle linebacker Barrin Simpson also missed a number of plays in the second quarter due to an undisclosed injury but returned in the second half.


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