A rude awakening

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers secondary was cruising along at BC Place last Friday night, keeping the B.C. Lions in check.

Then, as the third quarter drew to a close, Lions quarterback Jarious Jackson came out of his fox hole and started dropping bombs on the poor Bomber defensive backs.

BOOM! A 56-yard pass to Paris Jackson.

POW! A 48-yard touchdown strike to Geroy Simon.

BAM! A 39-yard hookup with Clarence Coleman.

The result was 16 unanswered points for the Lions in their 27-18 win. The Bomber offence failed to even show up on the West Coast, but the defence still imploded in the fourth quarter.

"When we watch the film, you don't see how a quarterback puts up 300 or 400 yards," defensive back Kelly Malveaux said. "But all it takes is a couple of big plays.

"You can keep somebody at 200 yards, and you get two big plays and there's 300 or 350."

When all was said and done, Jackson had racked up 420 passing yards. That's the most the Bombers have allowed since giving up 430 to Montreal nearly three years ago, on Sept. 25, 2005.

That was also the year the Bombers allowed the most passing yards in CFL history. Malveaux wasn't with Winnipeg at that time, and he's not in the mood to set another dubious mark.

"You have to take pride in your unit," Malveaux said. "As one of the older guys in the back end, I talk to my young guys and I talk to my vets as well. We need to step up."

The secondary will certainly get a stiff test tonight in Calgary quarterback Henry Burris, who has a sparkling 107.8 pass efficiency rating and eight touchdown passes against four interceptions.

"He's a monster. He's looking crisper than he has in years," Malveaux said. "He's making crisp reads, he's letting his playmakers make plays, and he's making plays with his own feet. He has a cannon of an arm.

"Hats off to him. He's one of those premier quarterbacks of this league right now."

PLAYER NODS: For yet another week, an opposing player of the Blue Bombers was included in the CFL players of the week.

This time, B.C. receiver Paris Jackson was named top Canadian after catching six passes for 114 yards versus Winnipeg. And Lions defensive back Korey Banks was runner-up to Montreal linebacker Reggie Hunt in the top defensive player category.

Both Toronto quarterback Kerry Joseph (offensive) and Edmonton's Tristan Jackson (special teams) were unanimous selections.

ROSTER MOVES: The Bombers are making three changes tonight. Offensive lineman Obby Khan, linebacker Marcus Winn and safety Greg Bearman are on in backup roles, while linebackers Barrin Simpson (pectoral) and Pierre-Luc Labbe (thigh), and right guard Kyle Koch (ankle) are off.

Calgary is making four moves, the most notable the expected removal of middle linebacker JoJuan Armour, who has an adductor problem.

LATE HITS: The last time the backup quarterback won a game for the Bombers was Sept. 18, 2004, when Kevin Glenn, playing for the injured Khari Jones, beat Toronto 44-34. The No. 2 man is 0-9 since then ... As of 6 p.m. last night, nearly 24,000 tickets had been sold for the game ... Former Bomber Kyries Hebert has been listed as the backup free safety on the Cincinnati Bengals training camp depth chart.


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