Bombers players, coaches ready to enjoy week off from grind

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 AM ET

WINNIPEG - It’s time for the annual getaway, that mid-season break where players can forget about football for a few days.

Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce said things are going so well he wouldn’t have minded playing again this week, but he’ll take the league-issued bye week CFL teams get each August. The California native is planning a stay-cation.

“I’ll be here,” Pierce said. “I might get out of town and go up to the lake for a few days and just be in solitude.”

Linebacker Pierre-Luc Labbe is heading home to Montreal to visit with family and friends, and running back Fred Reid will do the same in Tampa.

Cornerback Jovon Johnson plans to be busy during his break. He’s heading to Houston to catch an NFL exhibition game on Monday night, and then it’s off to Atlanta to hang out with linebacker Clint Kent.

Head coach Paul LaPolice has travelled to his home state of New Hampshire for a few days, and the coaching staff doesn’t have to report back to work until Saturday.

Linebackers coach Casey Creehan isn’t going to use his relatively long break to take a trip, though. His goal for the next six days is to catch up on some sleep.

THIRD IS BEST: Winnipeg’s worst quarter in 2010 was the third.

Winnipeg’s best quarter so far in 2011 is the third.

In fact, the Bombers have almost scored as many third-quarter points in seven games this season (76) as they did in 18 contests last year (80).

On Saturday night at Empire Field the Bombers took a 13-10 half-time lead on the B.C. Lions and made it 30-10 through three quarters. They have outscored their opponents 76-13 in the third frame.

Winnipeg mustered only 259 total yards on Saturday, and Fred Reid had a dismal 26 yards on 20 carries, but it was the offence’s third-quarter burst that complemented another fine defensive effort.

Pierce, who completed 18 of 24 attempts for 237 yards, orchestrated a five-play, 55-yard scoring drive and followed it up two possessions later with a six-play 56-yard march that resulted in another touchdown.

“That’s who we are right now,” Pierce said. “We need to be better in the first half, but we’re making adjustments at half time and we’re coming out of the first half and we’re executing.”

LATE HITS: The Bombers emerged from Saturday’s game without any significant injuries … The Lions turned the ball over seven times, including three on downs. The Bombers gave it away twice … Terence Jeffers-Harris led Winnipeg with four catches for 57 yards.


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