Defensive dozen have lots to say

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

Even though the Bombers offence finally exploded on Friday night for 518 yards of total offence, the happiest members of the team might have been on defence.

Many times this season the Winnipeg defensive dozen had to bite its collective tongue during post-game interviews after the offence had failed to do its part yet again.

That wasn't the case in Winnipeg's 37-10 win over B.C., and Bombers defensive end Gavin Walls hopes the point getters can build off their momentum.

"That's the taste to remember. That's it right there," Walls said. "If they can remember to play that type of ball, we're good.

"It's good to see. It's a big relief for them. They were out there having fun, and we were out there having fun."

Right tackle Glenn January called the win "big," but he knows there is still a lot of work to be done.

JUST A STEP

"It's a step in the right direction, but that's all it is," January said. "We didn't do anything more than win a game and move on with our season."

REWARDS PROGRAM: The Bombers offensive linemen are under the impression that Fred Reid is going to take care of them for helping him dash for a franchise-record 260 yards against the Lions.

"He mentioned something," left guard Brendon LaBatte said, "but we'll have to wait and see.

"It would have been nice to get 28 more and put him on top of the CFL (record book), but we'll take it."

ROAD WARRIORS: The Bombers are 2-3 on the road and 1-2 at home.

After the Labour Day Classic on Sept. 6 in Regina, six of their last nine games will be at Canad Inns Stadium.

Walls knows that winning on the road, like they did Friday at B.C. Place, goes a long way toward putting together a playoff-worthy record.

"It's going to be a big part of the success we have, winning on the road, because we've got a Kool-Aid schedule when we come back," Walls said. "We've got a lot of home games, and we gotta put some things together."

IT'S MINE! It's almost as true as the sun rising in the east: Don't turn the ball over and more often that not you're going to win the football game.

Thanks to their taking the ball away from the Lions five times on Friday night, the Bombers improved to 18-4-1 since 2006 when winning the turnover battle.

"If we can take care of the football and run the football and just throw it effectively enough to keep people off of us," head coach Mike Kelly said, "we can be a pretty competitive football team."


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