Serna struggles with focus

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

It must be awfully difficult to kick a field goal in front of 30,000 people when you're not focused.

Bomber kicker Alexis Serna proved that on Friday night.

The rookie out of Oregon State missed three field goals to the right (from 40, 33 and 30 yards) in Winnipeg's 30-23 win over Edmonton, and felt something wasn't right with his mental approach during the kicks.

"I don't think my focus was there completely for some reason," Serna said. "I just wasn't seeing the ball well. I don't know what it was, but that's what I'm going to work on this week, just trying to be focused on every single one, no matter what."

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Serna is perfect from inside 30 yards this season, but he's an abysmal 6-for-13 from between 30 and 39 yards. His overall success rate is a CFL-worst 61.1%.

Despite those less-than-stellar numbers, Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry is sticking with Serna, who said his three misses combined on Friday "probably didn't miss by three yards."

"The irony is I don't think he's ever missed to the right in practice -- I mean ever," Berry said. "If he ever misses, it's always left. To miss three in a row to the right ...

"I just need to know his range and the wind factor, and then ask him to do something that I believe he's capable of doing, and I still believe he's capable of getting the job done."

There was some speculation that Serna's last miss, from 30 yards, actually went through the uprights, but Berry wasn't about to launch a protest.

"We have two officials standing right underneath the goal posts, and those guys have the best view in the house," Berry said. "If they say it's wide, it's probably wide."

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