LeFors looked lost

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Stefan LeFors said the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offence took "a step back" last night.

That's one way of putting it. There are probably a few other ways that Bomber fans would describe it, and they surely wouldn't make it into this family publication.

"Ugly. It wasn't good enough," LeFors said. "We took a step back tonight.

"It seemed like nothing was going our way. Fred Reid did an outstanding job doing the things he did tonight, but we win as a group and lose as a group. Tonight we lost."

LeFors looked lost on a night when the man he replaced, Kevin Glenn, came on in relief and guided the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the 25-13 victory.

The lefthander completed just seven of 19 passes for 99 yards. It marked the third straight game in which he's failed to complete better than 50% of his passes.

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly once again came to LeFors' defence, saying his passer was unable to rotate his upper body in the second half and he didn't want to make it any worse.

LeFors likely got hurt late in the second quarter when he took a monster hit from Ticats middle linebacker Otis Floyd, who actually got knocked unconscious on the play.

Kelly finally yanked LeFors midway though the fourth quarter, and backup Bryan Randall was good on two of five attempts for 25 yards.

Kelly, in what is becoming a trend after losses, claimed the offensive disaster was his fault and his fault alone, obviously trying to protect his quarterback.

"I didn't do a good enough job of giving them the opportunity to function," Kelly said. "We just have to keep working on things, and I gotta do a better job of designing some of our routes and patterns in order for us to move down the field.

"That wasn't the kind of offence that I'm used to seeing, so obviously I didn't break down the Tiger-Cats correctly. I gotta do a better job. And all the credit to Hamilton. They played very well."

Fred Reid managed 88 yards on 16 carries, and the Bombers finished with 137 yards on the ground. The air attack was a disaster, even though LeFors didn't throw an interception.

Winnipeg's leading receiver was Reid, who had three catches for 37 yards. Terrence Edwards, who shone in last week's upset of the Calgary Stampeders, didn't even make a grab.

Meanwhile, Hamilton coach Marcel Bellefeuille pulled his starter, Quinton Porter, at half time, even though he was much better than LeFors, making good on 16 of 23 attempts for 188 yards.

"I thought Quinton was moving the team very well, actually," Bellefeuille said. "It was one of those things where we got down to the scoring zone and were not taking advantage of the field position."

Bellefeuille said he hadn't planned on keeping Glenn in for the entire second half, but he stuck with him after he got on a roll.

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kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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