Turnovers kill Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce is treated by training staff after being injured...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce is treated by training staff after being injured during Friday's loss to the Toronto Argonauts. (BRIAN DONOGH/Winnipeg Sun)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

The scowl on Jovon Johnson’s grill said it all.

The cornerback is usually affable after games, no matter the score. On Friday night, though, after the offence and special teams once again failed to pull their weight, Johnson was not a happy camper.

“We can’t turn the ball over. We just can’t,” Johnson said. “We gave them two opportunities where they scored a touchdown off an interception, we fumbled the kickoff return and they get the ball on their side of the field, and then they get a big kick return. That’s the only way they scored points.

“We’re hanging in there. We played to win the game. Shoot, what can you say? They made the plays. We didn’t. It’s the same old sob story. I’m getting kind of tired of it.”

BUCKED OFF: Buck Pierce’s injury woes continued on Friday night when he left in the second injury with a right leg injury.

His status will be updated on Saturday.

Pierce got tackled by Lin-J Shell as he threw an interception that Byron Parker returned 45 yards for the CFL-record ninth time of his career.

It marked the 20th time in 55 career starts Pierce has left a game due to injury. He has been knocked out of 23 of 76 games overall.

The Argonauts have been responsible for knocking Pierce out of five games in his career.

STRONG SUPPORT: The Bombers closed out their last regular season at the Stadium in style with their seventh consecutive sellout, something that never happened in the park’s 58-year history until Friday night.

The official attendance for the farewell regular-season game was 29,751.

The Bombers set franchise attendance records, averaging 29,556 spectators per game and attracting a grand total of 266,008 people.

That smashed the previous record of 252,802, which was set in 2001.

HARD KNOCK: There was a scary incident in the fourth quarter when Bombers linebacker Johnny Sears drove head first into Argos quarterback Steven Jyles as the latter was sliding at the end of a run.

Sears popped Jyles in the head with such force that it appeared the former Bomber quarterback was knocked unconscious.

He lay on the turf for several minutes before heading to the locker-room under his own power.

Sears and Argos middle linebacker Jason Pottinger were tossed from the game after the play.

“It was never like I wanted to put him out or anything like that,” Sears said.

“My aiming point was the hip, and it disappeared. But it disappeared at a point where I couldn’t make another reaction. That happens.”

OOPS: Usually when fans disagree with a referee’s call, it’s a grey issue.

It wasn’t the case in the second quarter when Bombers defensive end Kenny Mainor got tagged with a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for hitting Argos running back Cory Boyd, who was lying on the turf.

Unfortunately for the officials, the replays clearly showed Dominic Picard blind siding Mainor and knocking him into Boyd.

The boos raining down for the crowd were clearly deserved, as it was a call where the official obviously didn’t see the play and made a guess.


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