In front of a sell-out crowd on 29,553 fans, rookie Alexis Serna kicked a game winning 17-yard field goal with one second left in the fourth quarter to win the game for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19-16. The Montreal Alouettes relived the nightmare that they had only months ago when they were eliminated from the playoffs because of a game winning field goal by former Blue Bombers Kicker Troy Westwood.
The first half of play was a very low scoring half, with only a field goal by the Bombers and two single points from the Alouettes off of two field goal misses by Alouettes kicker Damon Duval, who was 0 for 3 at the end of the night. The score was 3-2 at the end of the half, and both teams made QB changes, hoping for some offensive scoring in the second half of play. The only thing the first half was full of was penalties, with 13 in the first half. There were 9 penalties in the second half.
The third half was also very dull, with only a field goal from Serna, putting the Bombers up 6-2 at the end of the third quarter. Serna was four for four at the end of the day. Once the fourth quarter started, it was truly a fight to the end for both teams.
Montreal QB started the fourth quarter scoring with a 37-yard TD pass to S.J. Green, putting the Alouettes up 9-6. Alexis Serna then tied it up for the Bombers with a field goal, leaving 7:47 left on the clock. With the scores tied, Bombers backup QB Ryan Dinwiddie threw a 5-yard pass to Kerry Johnson for the lead, making it 16-9 for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
However, the Alouettes would answer with a TD of their own only two minutes and thirty-three seconds later, when backup QB Adrian Mcpherson threw a deep 60 yard pass to Keith Gooding, tying up the game with just under two minutes to play.
The Bombers potential new starting kicker then sent the crowd home happy with a 17-yard field goal, capping off a fourth quarter full of scoring with a 19-16 win for the Blue Bombers. According to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers website, however, Ryan Dinwiddie was voted as player of the game by Bombers fans. Dinwiddie was 9 of 14 for 167 yards on the day.
However, newly acquired punter Duncan O'Mahony had a rough start, but finished off strong. O'Mahony fumbled the ball on his first punt, and it was recovered by the Alouettes only 7 yards away from the end-zone. Fortunately for O'Mahony, QB Anthony Calvillo was unable to connect to a receiver in the end-zone, and the ball was turned over on downs.
“It was a start and I’ll move forward from there, I can only get better. The hurdle I have to overcome now is my fitness and just getting reps. I missed three weeks of training camp, and that’s where you get into the swing of things,” said O’Mahony.
On the defensive side, the crowed seemed to be very pleased with Cam Hall. Hall had 6 tackles in the first half. Kevin Glenn also played his first game since injuring his left, non-throwing arm in the Eastern Conference finals game last year against the Toronto Argonauts, where Glenn injured his arm trying to recover a botched hand-off to Charles Roberts. Glenn was 12 of 20 for 119 yards with 2 interceptions.
The next time these teams face is on July 4th, in Montreal. The Alouettes must be hoping that in their next game, the Bombers do not have yet another game winning field goal with only seconds left.
- Chris Allen