Bombers away

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- It will be Kevin Glenn versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Nov. 8 at Canad Inns Stadium for a home playoff game.

Good seats are still available.

The winner of that contest will finish second in the East and host the division semifinal a week later. What happens to the loser depends on how it all shakes out in both divisions over the next two weeks.

Winnipeg and Hamilton have beaten each other once this year, so the victor of the Nov. 8 game will take the season series and win the tie-breaker if they end up with the same records.

"That'll be something," Bomber linebacker Ike Charlton said. "If you can't come watch that game for all the marbles, a home playoff game, you're not a fan."

Bomber quarterback Michael Bishop threw two long touchdown passes 52 seconds apart in the last two minutes of the first half yesterday afternoon, and Winnipeg rolled to a 41-24 thrashing of the Montreal Alouettes, who started Adrian McPherson in place of the injured quarterback Anthony Calvillo and had their six-game losing streak come to an end.

The Blue and Gold improved to 7-9 in front of 21,378 spectators -- the smallest crowd in more than a decade -- and kept pace with the Tiger-Cats, who are also 7-9. Winnipeg, which has won four of five, travels to Montreal for a rematch one week from today, while Hamilton hosts Saskatchewan on Saturday.

Next weekend's games will have no effect on the race for second place in the East, but they could mean plenty in the pursuit for third, depending on what also happens in the West Division over the next two weeks.

The Edmonton Eskimos are in fourth spot in the West at 7-9. They have to finish with more points than the third-place team in the east to cross over. That means Winnipeg's rematch with Montreal isn't exactly meaningless.

"You don't want to put all your eggs in one basket for that game and then have the crossover take effect," centre Obby Khan said. "Next week we might be able to avoid that crossover still, so it's still a huge game to avoid that crossover."

Bishop had his best game as a Bomber -- and perhaps his career -- yesterday, completing 17 of 33 passes for a career-high 411 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

He threw his two TDs in a 52-second span late in the second quarter to break open a tight game. He hit Terrence Edwards for a 57-yard score and then found Titus Ryan on a 53-yard major to give the hosts a commanding 24-9 lead at the break.

Both touchdown throws were lasers over the middle against zone defences that Bishop said his receivers played perfectly.

"After the first time we beat 'em with it, I didn't think they'd come back and do it again, but they continued to do it," said Bishop, who completed eight passes of at least 20 yards. "So hats off to the receivers for recognizing that."

Jovon Johnson had a 79-yard punt return for a score, Alexis Serna was good on all four of his field goal tries, and backup quarterback Ricky Santos scored his first CFL touchdown.

KIRK.PENTON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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