Bombers kicking battle rages on

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

Alexis Serna grabbed the lead on Day 1,547 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicking competition.

Head coach Doug Berry whipped out his piece of paper after practice for the umpteenth time yesterday and rattled off the field goal numbers.

Serna: 5-for-6.

Warren Kean: 3-for-6.

Mark Myers: 2-for-6.

"Serna's still the leader," Berry declared, which, when you kick for the Blue and Gold, means you're good for about 24 hours.

No decision has been made for Sunday's game in Regina, so the competition will rage on today.

The Bombers want one person to do both the placekicking and punting, but Kean now has the upper hand in the latter department after a strong performance booting the ball with the wind yesterday.

"Warren Kean punted pretty well," Berry said. "He had a number of punts over 50 yards, and (he is) a stronger punter than we thought he might be. So there's something we want to be able to certainly develop there.

"I would say Alexis was probably the second-best punter."

TAKING PRECAUTIONS: Wide receiver Derick Armstrong aggravated his calf injury on Tuesday and watched yesterday's practice, but Berry said he should be good to go on Sunday.

That's good news for the Bombers, because Armstrong had 13 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns in last year's Labour Day Classic against his former club.

Meanwhile, backup Canadian receiver Jamie Stoddard (leg) didn't participate in yesterday's workout and is doubtful for Sunday's game.

Stoddard's absence, plus the fact that Milt Stegall has stopped practising, gave rookie Canadian pass catcher Aaron Hargreaves plenty of reps yesterday.

"Each day, each rep, each catch," Hargreaves said, "I get a little more comfortable out there."

Berry said there's a silver lining to so many injuries in the receiving corps.

"We're certainly building some depth as we go, and coming down the stretch here we've got some experience now," he said. "We've got a few guys that have played this year."

LUCKY US?: Berry dismissed the notion that the Bombers are getting the reeling Riders, who have lost two in a row, at just the right time.

"That's the way you guys look at it. I look at it as (they're) 6-2," he said. "I don't look at playing a team as a good time or bad time. You got the team, and they are the best team in the CFL with the best record in the CFL. We've got our hands full. That's really all I know.

"And the type of place that we're going into is just adding to all of that."

LATE HITS: Bomber tailback Charles Roberts needs 61 rushing yards to become the fifth CFL running back to amass 10,000 in his career ... Canadian Ian Logan took all the first-team reps at safety, meaning he'll likely start there Sunday.


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