Bombers' Buck to the rescue?Starting QB will take the reins Friday
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
|Bombers QB Buck Pierce will get the start under centre for the first time since July 13 when the Bombers host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this Friday. (Chris Procaylo/WINNIPEG SUN)
WINNIPEG - Buck Pierce to the rescue!
That’s all that can be said after Winnipeg’s 44-3 shellacking at the hands of the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night.
The Bombers haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in 13 quarters, which is more than three games. It’s been 46 possessions — or 199 minutes and 15 seconds — since backup quarterback Alex Brink plunged into the end zone in the third quarter against B.C. on Aug. 24.
Pierce was healthy but didn’t play against the Stamps. He will start this Friday against Hamilton, which snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday with a 51-8 thrashing of Edmonton and moved four points up on Winnipeg in the East Division.
Bombers head coach Tim Burke doesn’t want too much pressure on Pierce, who will play for the first time since July 13.
“That’s putting an awful lot on Buck’s shoulders,” Burke said. “It’s a little bit unfair just to put it all on his. I’m sure we’ll get an emotional boost from Buck being out there, and he is our starting quarterback.
“You always like to think your first-team quarterback is better than your second-team quarterback. So I’m hoping that gives us a lift, but the rest of the team’s gotta pick it up.”
Joey Elliott on Friday fell to 1-7 as Winnipeg’s quarterback of record after completing five of eight attempts for 26 yards and an interception in just less than a half of work. He had gone 50 possessions without a touchdown pass when he got the hook on Friday.
“Why I got pulled,” Elliott said, “I don’t know.”