Making their case

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

It was their one and only night to shine, and several young Bombers did just that.

Granted, the Ticats left quite a few of their starters at home, including Markeith Knowlton, Chris Thompson, Prechae Rodriguez, Kenton Keith and Otis Floyd, but more than a few members of the Blue and Gold have made it tougher on the Bomber coaching staff with their performances last night.

Here's our take on how a few non-quarterback Bomber hopefuls looked against the Tabbies last night:

- Lavarus Giles -- the rookie tailback also had a strong night, rushing 14 times for 77 yards and two scores.

"It went pretty good," Giles said. "The offensive line, the guys up front, they really blocked."

Both he and Yvenson Bernard (10 carries, 54 yards) are in tough with Fred Reid and Joe Smith in front of them on the depth chart.

"We've got some good running backs here," head coach Mike Kelly said. "The ones that we don't keep we're going to play against, because I know there's teams that are interested in some of these guys."

- James Johnson -- the former Saskatchewan Roughriders cornerback picked off a Kevin Glenn floater in the first quarter, perhaps proving that Winnipeg's starter the 2007 Grey Cup wouldn't have mattered after all. He also ripped a potential compleition out of LaShaun Ward's hands.

- Jasper Johnson -- the rookie got the start at weak-side linebacker in place of the injured Siddeeq Shabazz. Not only was he part of preventing Hamilton from scoring in the first half, but he led the Bombers with five tackles also had a solid special teams tackle.

- Mike Renaud -- the Canadian punter had a 59-yard punt midway through the fourth that bounced past the Hamilton returner and dribbled out of bounds at the one-yard line.

- Ramonce Taylor -- the former Texas running back had a 49-yard kickoff return in the third, but he flubbed a punt that resulted in a turnover and he also dropped a pass from Williams.

- Willie Byrd -- he had a rough start to camp, but the second-year defensive back made the brass remember his name when he picked off an Adam Tafralis pass in the third.

- Fred Perry -- acquired from Edmonton a couple weeks before training camp, the defensive end, with some help from Gavin Walls and Joe Lobendahn, stopped DeAndra Cobb on a third-and-one attempt in the second.

- Alexis Serna -- the sophomore booted a 40-yard field goal into the wind, a 17-yarder and an 11-yarder, and he placed a couple of punts inside Hamilton's 21-yard line. Then he booted a kickoff out of bounds in the fourth to put the kibosh on a perfect outing.

- Romby Bryant -- last year's leading receiver made three catches for 108 yards in the first half. Something tells us he's going to hold on to his roster spot.

- Brady Browne -- the former University of Manitoba Bison defensive back knocked down a long Quinton Porter pass late in the second quarter. He did, however, have a shot at intercepting it.

- the starting offensve line -- Steve Morley, Brendon LaBatte, Obby Khan, Kelly Bates and Glenn January gave LeFors plenty of time to make his decisions in the first quarter.

"The lineman played very well," LeFors said. "I don't think I got touched, and you can't ask for anything more than that."


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