Play it again, Ryan

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Boatmen beware -- ringmaster Ryan Dinwiddie and his circus-catchers are coming to Hogtown Friday.

The Winnipeg quarterback and crew are coming off their most impressive performance this season.

Rookie slotback Romby Bryant, who can also pass for a mime, caught six passes for 152 yards, including the game-winning touchdown with 12 ticks left on the clock.

Wide receiver Terrence Edwards had seven receptions for 143 yards and had a 74-yard TD called back due to a holding penalty.

Slotback Arjei Franklin chipped in with six grabs for 92 yards, including a key 27-yarder on the winning drive as the Blue Bombers beat the Calgary Stampeders 32-28 in CFL action on Thursday.

'CIRCUS CATCHES'

"You saw them, some of those circus catches we were making," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry yesterday. "I was just talking to Calgary's defensive co-ordinator (Chris Jones) and he was like, 'How am I going to tell a guy to cover any better?'

"There were some plays that were made that you can't defend ... And every time we were in a tough situation and needed a big play, we had somebody make it."

Dinwiddie, who replaced Kevin Glenn, brought the receivers in early in the morning twice the week before the game -- on his own.

"I was just trying to get on the same page with them, showing them what I see and what we can expect on down and distance and things like that," explained Dinwiddie, who is now preparing to face a stiff Argo defence.

"All the guys played well and when they all play well, they kind of feed off each other a little bit. Hopefully, we can do that every week."

Dinwiddie completed 24 of 39 passes for 450 yards and one TD -- with no picks. It was the first time the Bombers had more than 400 yards passing since last September (Glenn completed 30 of 54 passes for 453 yards and two TDs, with two interceptions).

"Dinwiddie put up some great balls for us to go up and catch, and we made them," Edwards said.

Franklin had one of his best games a Bomber.

"I felt good about it," said Franklin. "I generally try to make the plays when they come your way and I think I was able to do that."

After the non-import made a sparkling grab on the last drive, he was tough to bring down because he wanted to score his first CFL TD so badly.

"I was trying," he said. "That would have been a nice way to do it. But it set up for a big play, so I was just glad I was able to contribute and help this team get a much-needed win. So the feelings are good through the whole team.

"We all had a fun time and that's what we needed because we haven't had as much fun the past month."

PANICKED FOX

Bryant, the 6-foot-1, 191-pound import, sped away from awaiting media like a panicked fox again yesterday.

"Romby's had a big year so far," Berry said. "He's made some fabulous plays, a big target, great speed, a great athlete. He knows the game and is learning it quickly. He's been a nice fill-in (for the injured Milt Stegall)."

Wide receiver Kerry Johnson caught two passes for 19 yards and wide receiver Jamie Stoddard kicked in with an 18-yard grab.

"I've held Ryan in high regard from the get-go, and the whole team does," Franklin said. "He's a competitor, he's fiery and he did exactly what I expected him to."

Now, they need to prove they can do it again.


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