Troy ready for double duty again

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

Troy Westwood might be doing double duty again this weekend.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers placekicker was forced into the punter's role at the last minute on Sunday, and he performed both jobs admirably in his team's 24-22 win over the Montreal Alouettes in the East Division semifinal.

Westwood booted the game-winning, 20-yard field goal as time expired, and he had a 47-yard punting average.

Since Pat Fleming has a groin pull that he had been secretly nursing since injuring it Oct. 27 in Toronto, head coach Doug Berry said Westwood might do both again in Sunday's East Final against Toronto.

"I know I'm ready if I'm called upon," Westwood said.

Fleming is officially listed as day-to-day.

It wasn't only Westwood's field goal kicking and punting that impressed his teammates.

KICKOFFS UNBELIEVABLE

"Troy's kickoffs into the wind were unbelievable," receiver Jamie Stoddard said. "His (69-yard) kickoff to start the second half really put them behind the eight-ball for the whole third quarter."

LOUD AND PROUD: Sunday's game attracted a season-low crowd of 22,843, but the fans' voraciousness impressed the players.

"The way they responded, the way they sounded, I thought it was 40,000 there," slotback Milt Stegall said.

Defensive captain Barrin Simpson, who relies on the crowd to help out when the opposition's offence is on the field, tipped his cap to the 13th man. The din certainly didn't hurt when Winnipeg stuffed Montreal on its third-down gamble with 1:35 to go.

"I don't know how many people we had, but it sounded like it was sold out. They were very loud," Simpson said.

"Sometimes when we were on defence, the D-line couldn't even hear me make the call it was so loud. I nearly lost my voice in the first half."

SAY WHAT? Not everyone is convinced Westwood has the ability to get the job done, even after his Sunday heroics.

"Ya gotta love it when half of Winnipeg wants to dump a load of manure on Troy Westwood's lawn -- then he makes a 20-yard field gold and suddenly he's Morten Anderson," Jack Todd wrote yesterday in The (Montreal) Gazette "In your dreams, Winnipeg. Westwood is still horsespit."

QUOTABLE: "After the game, all the love they were giving me, I just wanted to give a little bit back to them, because if that was my last game, it was definitely a memorable game."

-- Stegall, who lingered on the field Sunday to soak up the cheers.

LATE HITS: The Bombers suffered no major injuries on Sunday. Cornerback Juran Bolden (back) and defensive back Davin Bush (ankle) are both expected to play this week ... The last time the Argos and Bombers met in the East final was in 1991 at SkyDome. Toronto cruised to a 42-3 win ... The second-place team in the East has made it to the Grey Cup two of the last three years ... The Bombers will take today off and return to the practice field tomorrow at 11:10 a.m.


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