Bombers' Bowman will be on the hunt
By QMI Agency
|Bowman will be looking to deliver the hits early, often, and hard come Sunday. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - Marcellus Bowman delivered one of the hardest hits in Bomber history in the 2010 Banjo Bowl, eviscerating Riders fullback Chris Szarka on a screen pass that caused him to fumble.
The linebacker would like to do it again on Sunday.
"I'm looking for it," Bowman said. "I'm not looking for anything illegal, but I'm going for somebody. I don't know who — but somebody."
Bowman made Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant aware of his presence last Sunday when he knocked the pivot out the game with a hard hit in the third quarter of Saskatchewan's 52-0 win. Durant suffered a sprained neck when he took off on a botched handoff and ended up on the wrong end of a collision with Bowman. He left the game for precautionary reasons but will be good to go on Sunday for the Banjo Bowl rematch.
The only Rider who had a problem with Bowman's hit last week was centre Dominic Picard.
"But you know how Picard is," Bowman said. "You can't expect anything less. I expected Picard to come around the corner sooner or later. I'll do it again this week and see what he says."
Durant doesn't have an issue with Bowman.
"I opened myself up for that, so I put more responsibility on myself for that," Durant said. "Nothing against him. He's just playing football. He was just trying to take me out, and that's what he's supposed to do."
Riders slotback Weston Dressler caught two touchdown passes in the first half of last week's game, and Bombers head coach Tim Burke noted both could have been prevented.
"The first one was man (coverage)," Burke said. "It's really a shame. We knew that play was coming. We had practised it. We had seen it on video. And it's just a matter of the defensive back (Jonathan Hefney) being overly aggressive, and Dressler used that to his advantage."
On the second one, which was on a zone defence, safety Ian Logan got out of position as Dressler came across the middle.
"Instead of taking a lot of inside leverage like he should have, he crowded the route and Dressler just beat him back inside," Burke said.
Both were mistakes made by veterans who should have known better, especially in the ninth game of the season.
"I'm disappointed we're making these kind of mistakes at this point of the season," Burke said.
The Riders are 8-1 against the Bombers since 2008, and turnovers are essentially the reason why. Saskatchewan has 12 turnovers in those nine games, while Winnipeg has 36 Ñ or three times as many gifts ... Winnipeg's only roster change is at right tackle, where Shannon Boatman will make his Bomber debut in place of the injured Jordan Taormina (neck). "No matter what tackle is playing, they still put on their pants like we do," Riders defensive end Odell Willis said. "I just hope they're ready for what they're about to get out there on Sunday." ... The Riders are making no roster changes É Winnipeg's 102 yards of net offence last Sunday was the team's lowest output since its 56-4 loss to Saskatchewan in the 1995 Labour Day Classic ... It looked like backup Canadian running back Carl Volny would be ready to make his season debut on Sunday, but he's still nursing a hamstring injury associated with the ACL surgery he had last fall ... Despite the anger and frustration among Bombers supporters these days, hundreds turned out for Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday. The Watchmen and Northern Pikes performed free concerts, and the Winnipeg players signed autographs.