Bombers air it out

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

No Derick Armstrong.

No Romby Bryant.

No Terrence Edwards.

No problem.

Despite not having a single one of their three 1,000-yard receivers from 2008 in the lineup last night, the Bombers put up arguably their best passing attack of the season in their 29-24 win over the Toronto Argonauts.

Bomber head coach Mike Kelly said there was a new energy level in his receiving corps at practice this week, and he was right.

Newcomer Otis Amey, who was put on the practice roster last month and was making his CFL debut, had 100 receiving yards by the five-minute mark of the second quarter.

He finished with six catches for 118 yards overall, becoming just the fourth Bomber receiver to crack the century mark this season.

Armstrong was released after refusing to play in Week 1, and Bryant was traded to the Calgary Stampeders a week ago today.

Edwards, the team's lone 1,000-yard pass catcher remaining from last season, missed last night's contest thanks to a concussion suffered in last week's loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

In addition to Amey, who played 11 games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, slotback Dudley Guice Jr. was making just his second CFL start last night. The duo's inexperience showed early in the game.

On several occasions Amey and Guice looked lost, reading their play cards as the time clock counted down and not knowing exactly where to line up.

It didn't seem to affect the offence once the ball was snapped, however, as Amey snared 47-, 24- and 11-yard passes in the first quarter alone.

Granted, they came on broken plays, but they were catches nonetheless.

Second-year CFL veteran Adarius Bowman continued his hot play of late, hauling in five grabs for 88 yards and a touchdown.

LONG BOMB: Bomber placekicker Alexis Serna drilled a 53-yarder in the first half last night, giving him the two longest field goals in the CFL this year.

Serna booted a season-best 54-yarder in a loss to Calgary on Aug. 8.

The 24-year-old missed a 44-yard attempt in the third quarter last night, but he has still made 22 of his last 24 attempts and has an overall success rate of 85.7% (24-for-28).

CREAM OF THE CROP: Bomber great Kenny Ploen has been voted the CFL's most outstanding player of the 1960s.

The quarterback-defensive back beat out East nominee Russ Jackson in online voting at cfl.ca.

"I want to thank all the CFL fans who voted, and especially everyone here in Manitoba, for this privilege," Ploen said in a release.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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