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Kito Poblah's First CFL Touchdown


WINNIPEG -- Buck Pierce breathed some life into the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' offence and the team's faint playoff hopes.

Pierce and the Bombers scored three touchdowns en route to a 34-12 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday.

Pierce has been out since July with an injured foot. It was his first win since the season started and the first for interim head coach Tim Burke, who gave full credit to his starting quarterback's return.

"There's a combination of things that led to our offensive success and obviously Buck is a big part of that," said Burke, as the Bombers now look ahead to the Toronto Argonauts next Saturday.

"You can see when he's out there he takes command of the huddle. I thought he did a great job using the clock going against the wind. He burned a bunch of time off the clock and just managed the game so well."

The wind was gusting to almost 60 kilometres per hour at the start of the game and the temperature was a chilly 8 C, falling about five degrees during the game.

It didn't seem to bother Pierce, who completed 21-of-31 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown to Kito Poblah in the third quarter.

Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris managed only 11-of-24 attempts and 156 yards.

"Penalties killed us tonight and we just didn't make enough plays on offence," he said after the game, his voice hoarse from trying to be heard calling signals over a screaming crowd.

"It's something that we've got to figure out ASAP."

Coach George Cortez said the Bombers didn't surprise him with the effort they put in but his Ticats did.

"We had a discussion, not a discussion, a soliloquy about penalties," he said.

"I was very disappointed in how we came out tonight."

Burke said the rest of the offence stepped up, from the offensive line to the receivers and in particular running back Chad Simpson, who had the best night of his rookie season.
Simpson ran for 134 yards and picked up another 58 receiving as the Bombers used him more than they have all year to great effect.

"What running back wouldn't want the bull as much as I got it tonight," said a smiling Simpson as the Bomber dressing room got its first chance to celebrate a win since Aug. 16.

"But kudos to Buck, he came back, and kudos to the offensive line and the receiving corps, we just played a great collective game."

Pierce said the way the Bombers won the game was important. Although they led 9-6 after the first half they only really broke away in the final quarter.

"We won it in the fourth quarter, that's big," he said.

Pierce was proud of what the offence managed.

"We took what they were giving us...We used their defensive structure against them."

Justin Palardy kicked four field goals and added a single, and running back Will Ford ran 17 yards for Winnipeg's third touchdown in the fourth.

Fan Comments
als rule
as usual TFmcb no where to be found!!
September 23, 2012 - 11:54am
Prefer not to be insulted!
September 23, 2012 - 9:54pm
Jinx? the bombers came out to play today, and simply put, the ti-cats did not.
September 22, 2012 - 4:03pm
You may be right; maybe it's that simple. Usually, though, a team tries harder the 2nd time when playing a team that beat them. Maybe it was a let down after the big win last week but it shouldn't have happened.
September 22, 2012 - 5:20pm
I guess the only team that Winnipeg has no trouble beating this season is in fact the Hamilton Ticats in the last 6 weeks the Bomber have a win then 4 losses and then another win and it is in fact Hamilton that is at both ends of those weeks
September 22, 2012 - 4:05am
I'm not happy to agree but it's true. It's one of those mysterious football jinxs, like the Als not being able to beat the Lions in BC.
September 22, 2012 - 1:17pm