Garrett proud of debut performance

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:34 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Like a proud papa showing off his newborn, Chris Garrett put a picture of his first professional touchdown ball on his Twitter feed Sunday.

The 24-year-old Bomber running back screamed 32 yards for a major on Friday night against the Alouettes in his 2011 debut and finished with a solid 76 yards on 11 carries. That’s a 6.9-yard average against the league’s best run defence, and, interestingly, it’s a mark Fred Reid failed to reach once this season before tearing an anterior cruciate ligament on Sept. 24.

In other words, there’s a chance the Bomber running game could actually improve down the stretch.

“I felt like I did pretty well, but I could’ve done some things a little better,” Garrett said after the 32-26 loss to the Als. “This week at practice I’m going to focus on some things and try to get better myself so I can help the team get a win next week.”

Head coach Paul LaPolice had no complaints.

“Chris Garrett had a couple nice runs and was perfect on his assignments,” LaPolice said.

BIG PLAY: One of Winnipeg’s highlights on Friday night was James Green’s blocked punt that rookie linebacker Henoc Muamba returned 52 yards for a touchdown.

It kickstarted a Bomber comeback that fell just short when they were stuffed twice at the one-yard line on the final two plays of the game.

“Coach always talks about special teams being special, and that’s one of the things that can change the momentum of games,” Muamba said.

“It definitely lifted the team up a little bit. It’s just a matter of continuing to do that on a regular basis and we’ll eventually end up with the win.”

LATE HITS: Greg Carr had six catches for 95 yards against the Alouettes on Friday night, giving him 427 yards and four touchdowns in four career games versus the Als … The Bombers return to the practice field on Monday at 11 a.m. to prepare for their key East Division game on Friday night in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats. The Bombers and Alouettes (8-5) have a two-point lead on the Ticats (7-6) atop the East.


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