Bombers can't score from one

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:37 AM ET

WINNIPEG - They are two plays that could end up costing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers first place in the East Division, or maybe even a home playoff game.

The Bombers had two cracks from the one-yard line to score the game-winning touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night, but they failed to get in both times.

Considering the defence plays a yard off the ball in the CFL, it’s stunning the Bombers failed to score.

Considering the Bombers have been superb at getting one yard ever since Paul LaPolice arrived on the scene last year, it’s stunning they failed to score.

Considering Alex Brink, who started the game in place of the injured Buck Pierce, is the quarterback who always does the team’s short-yardage plays, it’s stunning they failed to score.

It’s one tiny yard that could come back to haunt the Blue and Gold big time, and not just in the standings.

“It’s not the loss,” centre Obby Khan said. “It’s the way the loss occurred. We gotta get it.”

There was plenty of anger in the Bomber locker-room after the game — not into tape recorders and cameras, of course — because they felt Brink got into the end zone.

After they calmed down, the looks of furor were replaced by bewilderment.

“I was in, so I assumed he was in,” Khan said.

Left guard Brendon LaBatte sat in front of his locker 20 minutes after the game had ended, still in his equipment and staring at the floor.

“It’s real disappointing from an O-line perspective to have two shots one the one-yard line with the game on the line, the season series on the line, and to not put it in it’s very disappointing,” LaBatte said.

“When the game’s on the line you want to be in that situation. As an offensive line that’s what you want. And to come up short like that is just unacceptable and it’s disappointing.”

Head coach Paul LaPolice said the plunge is the best play in that situation.

“Certainly with two opportunities from the one, wedge, which has been a very good play for us for two years since we got here, it’s disappointing to get stopped there,” he said.

“You don’t want to hand the ball back. We could’ve gone to another play we run down there, but we felt that gave us our best chance to win.”

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