EDMONTON — For most of this season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have led the league in futility.
Still, there continue to be a few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season.
Slotback Terrence Edwards is a case in point.
Edwards streaked past the idle Arland Bruce III to take over as the CFL’s leading receiving yards producer Saturday night.
Edward was 24 yards behind Bruce heading into the game and took over No. 1 spot before half-time.
He finished the game with 46 yards on four catches and now has 1,325 yards on the year.
On the other side of the ball, nobody could fault the efforts of the Bombers defensive line.
Phillip Hunt extended his league-leading sacks total to 16 with a first-half sack, one of three by the fearsome front seven.
“It means a lot, the personal accolades,” said Hunt. “The CFL allows me to be the league-leader in sacks.”
Still, the sting of the loss took a little of the edge off Hunt, who still has NFL aspirations.
“We’re still playing for a lot of pride on this team,” said Hunt. “We’ve still got one game to go. We’ve got to come out shooting our guns and playing hard.”
The way Winnipeg lost was so typical of its 4-13 season.
“We’ve got a group of fighters here, but at the end of the game, we just have to come out with a win,” said Hunt. “In most of these situations, we lost a lot of games really close.
“As players, we don’t take that into consideration. Winners find a way to win at the end of the game and obviously, we didn’t get it done today.”
Being fighters may give them a sense of moral victory as the L’s pile up, but pro football is about winning.
“We showed a lot of fight tonight, a lot of tenacity and we stuck with it, even though we’re not in the playoffs,” said Hunt. “We need some wins so we can get used to winning in close games.”