CFL notes: Bombers controlled the clockBlue had greatest time of possession in over 6 years Friday night
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
|Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce passes the ball against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the first half of their game Friday. (FRED GREENSLADE/Reuters)
The easiest way to win a football game?
Hold on to the football for most of the night.
The Bombers had their hands on the pigskin for a whopping 37 minutes and 13 seconds in Friday’s 34-12 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It was their greatest time of possession since they had it for 37:41 in a 29-0 win over Hamilton on July 28, 2006 — or more than six years ago.
“We were playing pretty good on defence, so we didn’t have to make a lot of corrections, and then when the offence controls the ball like that, especially against the wind, that makes your job a heck of a lot easier,” head coach Tim Burke said.
Burke said he witnessed quite a bit of team camaraderie on Friday night, which only helped the situation.
“I was really excited on the sideline when our offence was out there,” he said. “The defensive guys were up and cheering, and really telling them they were doing
The Bombers re-signed Canadian defensive tackle Ryan Lucas on Monday.
The 27-year-old Vancouver native attended Bombers training camp this year but was released before the regular season.
He has appeared in eight regular season games for the Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders, notching one tackle and a fumble recovery.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
The Bombers scored three touchdowns in five trips to the red zone on Friday night, which is good. They were between Hamilton’s 20- and 25-yard line twice, however, and had to settle for field goals both times.
“We know we can score points,” quarterback Buck Pierce said. “We have to find a happy medium of what we want to do down there and attack it. And we’re getting there. Our guys are starting to understand what we’re trying to do.
“Obviously we’ve got to be better. We still had opportunities that we got threes out of it. But I’m proud of the guys.”
COULD HAVE BEEN
The Argonauts will update the status of injured quarterback Ricky Ray on Tuesday, but it’s likely his twisted knee suffered in Sunday’s loss to Montreal will keep him out of this week’s game against the Bombers.
That means the quarterback Winnipeg will likely be facing on Saturday night is Jarious Jackson, who was quite close to becoming a Bomber two years ago.
The Bombers had a deal in place to acquire Jackson from the B.C. Lions in exchange for a conditional draft pick in January 2010, just before Joe Mack was hired as the team’s new general manager.
Jackson had a shoulder problem that would have prevented him from throwing until late May 2010, so he wouldn’t have been Winnipeg’s guaranteed starter, but the team needed someone after the Stefan LeFors-Michael Bishop disaster of 2009.
It never happened, of course, because Mack became the GM and the Lions released Buck Pierce two months later, only to have the Bombers scoop him up.
— with files from Paul Friesen