'We got to finish. We're not there yet,' says linebacker Bowman
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defence did all it could against the B.C. Lions Friday night.
It still wasn't enough.
The Bombers defence, looking good for three quarters in the 20-17 Lions win, couldn't seal the game off when it mattered the most, giving up the winning field goal from B.C. kicker Paul McCallum from 41-yards out with zeros on the clock. That, after the B.C. offence marched the ball down 42-yards on four plays in final 27 seconds to give the veteran leg plenty of distance to work with.
"We definitely performed well, but we got to get into the habit of winning," a dejected linebacker Marcellus Bowman said afterwards. "Our core is together and we're starting to get healthy and everything, but if you don't get that 'W' is doesn't really matter.
"It don't matter how many steps you take. If you get to the point where you need to be, then you need to take another step. We just got to finish... we're not there yet."
The fourth quarter was a rollercoaster ride for the defence Friday night, intercepting quarterback Travis Lulay not once but twice in the frame. First, Demond Washington jumped on a pass at the B.C. 25-yard line with 10 minutes to play. That led to a Justin Palardy field goal that gave the home side its first lead of the night, a slim 11-10 advantage.
The very next B.C. offensive series, Bowman stepped in front of a Lulay pass; another turnover that lead to another Palardy field goal, and Winnipeg was looking good at 14-10 with five minutes to go.
Field goals weren't going to get it done and that same defence, which helped give the Bombers the lead, then fell apart. …