Bombers' search for kicker afoot

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

For those of you who brag to your buddies that you can nail that 45-yard field goal, you still might get a chance to prove it.

Head coach Doug Berry said yesterday the Bombers will continue to search for field goal kickers after Alexis Serna's 2-for-4 effort in Thursday night's win over Hamilton.

"He kicked off great, he punted great," Berry said. "We did everything we could to line up the field goals for him and to not overtax the distance, and it was just disappointing for him, and us, that he wasn't able to hit those from 35 and 32.

"If there's a term automatic, that's what we would consider automatic."

Serna was right back on the turf at Canad Inns Stadium yesterday morning, trying to figure out what went wrong.

"I'm not kicking with confidence right now, so it's definitely tough," he said. "Today I went out there and worked a little bit. I felt like there were a few things that I could've changed, like just the way my body was feeling when making contact.

"So I tried to change things up. I felt like I changed a few things for the better."

FIRE THE DIRECTOR: Middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn didn't score a touchdown in college, but he came oh so close to getting one as a pro on Thursday when he returned a fumble 84 yards to the Hamilton one-yard line.

He might have scored, too, if the picture on the video scoreboard at the north end of the stadium hadn't changed during his mad dash.

"I was looking at the JumboTron, and that was the eyes at my back," Lobendahn said. "I was making sure no one was behind me, and all of a sudden it changed view. It gave a close-up view.

"I was on about the five-yard line, so I took a peek. Then I saw a white shirt, and that's why I covered the ball with two hands just to make sure I don't fumble the ball."

The "white shirt" belonged to Ticats running back Terry Caulley, who hauled him down at the one-yard line.

LIFE IS GOOD: Defensive tackle Doug Brown said his bye week plans rested on the outcome of Thursday's game.

"If we won I was going to do the pontoon boat and the lake thing and call up (CFL chairman) Gene Dunn and tell him I'm crashing at his pad down at Lake of the Woods," Brown said. "If we lost, though, I was leaving the country. Since we won, I can stick around and spend lots of time in the splashy water."

AND WE QUOTE: "Hey, I wouldn't put nothing past nothing, man."

-- Bombers defensive back Kelly Malveaux, when it was suggested no major personnel or coaching changes will be made during the bye week.

LATE HITS: Slotback Terrence Edwards, who missed the last two games with bruised ribs, will be back for the Labour Day Classic, Berry said. His return means a Canadian will likely have to go back to safety in place of Malveaux ... The Bombers suffered no significant injuries against the Ticats.


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