Blue squeak out win

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

HAMILTON -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers escaped with a victory in a game between two desperadoes last night.

The Bombers watched as Hamilton kicker Nick Setta missed a game-tying field goal and squeaked out a 25-23 win in the CFL's Hall of Fame Game before 19,102 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium Friday night.

The Bombers improved to 4-8 and a tie for second with Toronto, which plays today.

Moments before Hamilton's kicking gaffe, Winnipeg kicker Alexis Serna took a single off a missed 36-yard field goal due to a bad snap, which gave the Bombers a 25-22 lead.

PRINTERS REPLACED

Hamilton's Quinton Porter, who replaced Casey Printers at quarterback to start the half, completed a 42-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez to pull Hamilton to within 24-22 with about 10 minutes left.

Setta also conceded a safety touch.

Winnipeg took a 22-15 lead into the fourth quarter. After giving up a touchdown to the Ticats, Serna connected on a 42-yard field goal.

Porter promptly marched the Ticats 91 yards, completing five straight passes to open the second half. Tailback Terry Caulley capped it off with a six-yard touchdown run to pull within 19-15.

Winnipeg took a 19-8 lead at halftime. Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn capped off an impressive drive with a 19-yard touchdown throw to wide receiver Terrence Edwards with 47 seconds left in the half.

That major came just after Setta was forced to concede a safety because Bomber defensive end Gavin Walls sacked Printers at the Hamilton two. Printers appeared to be injured on the play.

The Bombers sacked Printers four times in the opening 30 minutes.

On Winnipeg's previous drive, Serna kicked a 26-yard field goal to take a 10-8 lead.

The Bomber special teams were caught sleeping once again earlier in the second quarter.

Setta faked a punt and completed a 12-yard pass to former Bomber receiver Chad Rempel. Three plays later, Printers completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to slotback Scott Mitchell to pull ahead 8-7. It was Mitchell's first CFL TD.

Winnipeg led 7-1 after the first quarter. On second and short, Glenn completed a 63-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Derick Armstrong in the last minute of the opening quarter.

Setta had opened the scoring with a 51-yard single, attempting a coffin-corner punt that failed.

MOVING TRIBUTE: Hamilton fans gave the family of the late Ron Lancaster a standing ovation when they were introduced just before the game.

After a video tribute appeared on the Jumbotron, the fans gave him another standing ovation. Lancaster lost a battle to cancer late Wednesday, although the official cause of death was a heart attack.

HALL OF FAMERS: Bomber great John Bonk was one of five inductees into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame who were honoured at halftime. The others were Doug Flutie, Mike (Pinball) Clemons, Mike Pringle and builder Tom Shepherd.

SURGERY FOR SHERIDAN: Before the game, the Bombers announced that veteran offensive lineman Matt Sheridan will need season-ending surgery to correct a torn labrum, a cyst that needs to be removed and requires repair to his collarbone. He has been returned to the nine-game injured list.

"After repeated attempts to treat the shoulder in a non-invasive manner, it wasn't getting any better," Sheridan said in a release. "Now, moving forward, my first and most immediate priority is to get this shoulder back to 100%."

Bombers GM Brendan Taman has been speaking to free agent OL Bobby Singh about the possibility of making a comeback.


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