Bowman's drop proves costly for Bombers

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:57 PM ET

Adarius Bowman finally broke out in a big way on Saturday night.

Then he broke down at the worst possible moment.

The second-year Bomber receiver had five mostly forgettable games to open the season, registering only 17 catches for 212 yards and no touchdowns.

That all changed on Saturday night in Hamilton when he hauled in six balls for 139 yards and a major.

His shining moment was when he took care of an entire, 75-yard drive late in the third quarter all by himself.

First he made a 54-yard grab and then a 21-yard touchdown snag to give the Bombers a 22-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for Bowman, though, he dropped what would’ve been a first down on third-and-four at the Hamilton 25-yard line with 1:34 remaining.

The Bombers got the ball back for one more drive that almost resulted in a touchdown, but Bowman’s bad drop might have changed the game’s outcome.

“I missed the play, man,” Bowman said. “I gotta make that play. It was a roller-coaster, but as a whole I’m proud of our team with just the fight and the character we showed. It’s hard to talk about them right now.”

Head coach Paul LaPolice didn’t toss Bowman under the bus when asked about his receiver’s unfortunate drop.

“I’m sure he’ll have frustrations,” LaPolice said, “just like we all will.”

BUCK WATCH: Buck Pierce has now missed three games due to a sprained knee, and his status for Friday’s rematch with the Ticats remains up in the air.

“We’ll see,” LaPolice said. “That’ll be a day-to-day thing. We gotta see him be able to move and scramble around. Once again (quarterback) Steven (Jyles) put us in a position to win the football game. He did enough things to show he can start in this league.

“No doubt Buck, if he’s healthy, will start.”

BIG, BIG, BIG: The Bombers need to win Friday’s rematch to tie the season series to tie the season series at 2-2, but a victory would be good considering who they have to face after that.

Following Friday’s tilt with the Tabbies, the Bombers play four of their next five games against Montreal and Saskatchewan, a pair of league powerhouses who have a combined record of 9-3.

If the Bombers beat the Ticats on Friday and the teams end up with the same record at the end of the season, it would come doing to points for and against in their four-game season series.

Hamilton has an 86-78 edge in points, which means Winnipeg has to win by at least nine points to gain the tie-breaking edge.

CLASSY MOVE: Serna looked like he had a communicable disease on Saturday night the way his teammates were avoiding him in the wake of his two missed field goal attempts in the second quarter.

As Serna ran by himself to the locker-room at the half, Hamilton placekicker Sandro DeAngelis stopped him. He gestured at the west uprights while talking to Serna and patted him on the back before they headed to their respective locker-rooms.

“He just gave me some pointers on the wind, and then he just said ‘Just keep grinding away at it.’ He’s a good guy, and I do appreciate that,” Serna said.

LATE HITS: Jyles set career highs in completions (24), attempts (35), passing yards (349) and passing touchdowns (two) in Saturday’s game … Bombers left tackle Andre Douglas suffered a right knee injury early in the contest and was replaced by Canadian Luke Fritz. Douglas’ status will be updated on Monday, but if Fritz starts in his place the Bombers can add another import starter somewhere else on the field … Thanks to back-to-back big games, Hamilton’s Arland Bruce III is the CFL’s new leader receiver with 43 catches for 680 yards … If the playoffs started today, the Bombers, who are technically last in the East, would cross over to the West Division playoffs since the B.C. Lions and Edmonton Eskimos are both 1-5.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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