Serna perfect on first attempt

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Kicker Alexis Serna was good on one of the most important attempts of his life during the bye week.

The Winnipeg Blue Bomber rookie asked his girlfriend to marry him, and she said yes.

"We were at Laguna Beach," Serna said, "and I wrote it in the sand."

Was she surprised?

"Kind of, but not really," he said. "It was long overdue. I was just a poor college student, so it was nice to have a little bit of money in the pocket. So I figured I better do it now."

If Serna's going to keep making money in Winnipeg, however, he has to start making more field goals. While not proposing to his girlfriend back home in California, he worked hard on his game with his old kicking coach after missing six of his last 10 attempts before the bye week.

"It was just basically reaffirming old things, just trying to get back on track again," he said. "I was hitting the ball real well down there. I was making a lot of kicks, so I just gotta transfer that up here."

Serna made five of six attempts during yesterday's practice. His lone miss hit the post.

Warren Kean, who was brought in a few weeks ago to challenge Serna, showed signs of improvement, booting a 50-yard field goal.

"There's no way he was going to do that before the break," Berry said. "He's obviously found some flaw in his mechanics, and we talked about it before he left that his plant foot was off. He looked better."

There was no sign of punter Duncan O'Mahony yesterday, but head coach Doug Berry is seriously considering bringing him back to allow Serna to focus solely on placekicking.

"We've still got plenty of practice time in front of us," he said.

NO SHOWS: Three players missed yesterday's practice, but only two of them had excuses.

Kick returner Jason Armstead wasn't at Canad Inns Stadium, and the team hadn't heard from him as of yesterday afternoon. Berry said that will result in a fine, not a benching.

Fullback Brian Guebert asked for and was granted yesterday off prior to the bye week, while cornerback Stanford Samuels at least called Berry before the workout to let him know he wouldn't be able to make it.

INJURY FRONT: Receiver Jamie Stoddard watched practice due to an undisclosed ailment, but he is expected to be back on the field tomorrow.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Jon Oosterhuis, who suffered a severe high ankle sprain in Week 2, was back practising for the first time. He still has three games to go before he's eligible to return.

Slotback Milt Stegall didn't practise, but that will likely be the case for the rest of the season. He will still play games, however.

Slotback Terrence Edwards returned after missing two games with a rib injury, which, due to ratio issues, meant Canadian Ian Logan was back at safety.

LATE HITS: The Bombers will host their annual golf tournament today at Larters ... The few thousand Bomber fanatics headed to Regina this weekend -- and Roughrider fans -- are invited to attend the True Blue Booster Crew's second annual social on Saturday night at the Ramada Hotel. It goes from 7 to 11 p.m., and there will be prize giveaways.


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