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Bombers fizzle in home opener


WINNIPEG—Kevin Glenn would have preferred starting his season with zero interruptions.

The Montreal Alouettes’ quarterback threw for 332 yards and one touchdown to veteran S.J. Green as the Als beat the Blue Bombers 22-14 on Friday night in a game that was delayed because of lightning.

The CFL season-opener for both clubs at Investors Group Field was put on hold with 6:57 left in the first quarter because of the approaching weather system.

The stoppage lasted about an hour and resumed after players had a quick warm-up.

“It’s tough when you get all that adrenalin going and the game’s going, and then you have to cut it suddenly and it’s not like a half-time situation,” Glenn noted, adding they used the time to talk about game adjustments.

Glenn, acquired by Montreal last October, completed 30-of-42 pass attempts and had an interception.

He connected with seven different receivers, but joked that they weren’t all happy with him.

“Some of them still are a little upset at me for not throwing them the ball on certain plays,” Glenn said.

“But I’m just the waiter and [offensive co-ordinator] Anthony [Calvillo] is the chef, so I just bring the food out,” he reasoned.

“They have to yell at the cook for not making the food right.”

Bombers’ quarterback Drew Willy was 25-of-34 for 303 yards with a TD and a pick.

Montreal’s Boris Bede hit field goals from 41 and 47 yards and added a pair of converts.

Back-up quarterback Brandon Bridge plunged in for a one-yard TD while Green hung on to an eight-yard touchdown toss.

Bede and new Winnipeg kicker Justin Medlock each conceded a safety.

Medlock had a 47-yard field-goal attempt hit the left upright late in the first half, but booted a career-long 58-yarder early in the third quarter that tied Bernie Ruoff’s Winnipeg record for the longest field goal.

He also added a 62-yard punt single.

Winnipeg receiver Darvin Adams eluded a tackler during his 63-yard TD reception, which was followed by a two-point convert catch by Quincy McDuffie with under three minutes to go.

Recently-acquired Winnipeg receiver Weston Dressler took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Als’ rookie defensive back Ethan Davis just before the lightning started.

He walked to the dressing room but the Bombers later announced he wasn’t returning to the game.

He and fellow former Saskatchewan receiver Ryan Smith were two of Winnipeg’s key off-season signings.

“It’s obviously something big when you lose a leader like that on the field,” Smith said.

Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea had no update on Dressler but didn’t think his absence altered the offence’s rhythm.

“It’s pro football. They get it,” he said.

“Quincy McDuffie jumped in there and did well, and pulled double duty playing a lot more receiver and returned the ball for us.”

Early penalties hurt the offence, O’ Shea noted, adding it was a tough first half and it took a while for the players to get into a rhythm.

Key off-season signing Andrew Harris was an example.

The Winnipeg-born running back had four carries for 20 yards in the first half and finished rushing 13 times for 80 yards.

Ottawa topped Edmonton 45-37 (OT) while B.C. edged Calgary 20-18 in Saturday’s games.

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