Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Castillo Boots 4 Field Goals, Bombers Top Alouettes in Pre-Season Opener

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Castillo Boots 4 Field Goals, Bombers Top Alouettes in Pre-Season Opener

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Bombers top Alouettes in pre-season opener


WINNIPEG - Kicker Sergio Castillo knows his time with the Blue Bombers may be short, but on Wednesday night he relished his part in the team's 36-13 exhibition win over the Montreal Alouettes.

Castillo booted four field goals and Winnipeg kept the Alouettes off the scoreboard in the second half in front of 23,334 fans at Investors Group Field.

Castillo was with the club last year but fellow import Justin Medlock was a pricey free-agent acquisition.

"I knew the situation coming in, but the way I took it is I'm just going to learn as much as I can from Medlock because he's proven to be the best," Castillo said. "I hope to be in his situation one day."

Medlock opened the game's scoring with a 47-yard field goal and added a convert. He's the most accurate kicker in CFL history with a career field-goal percentage of 87.5 through five seasons.

Castillo made field goals from 35, 44, 39 and 49 yards, went wide on a 44-yard attempt and put through two converts.

"He's the next good import kicker in the CFL," Medlock said of Castillo. "It'll be interesting to see where he ends up."

Last season, Winnipeg's main kicker Lirim Hajrullahu and Castillo combined to make only 32-of-45 field-goal attempts (70.3 per cent). Hajrullahu is now with Toronto.

Winnipeg got its touchdowns off one-yard runs by tailback Tim Flanders and backup quarterback Bryan Bennett. Fred Williams hung on to a 28-yard TD pass from Bennett.

Nik Lewis hauled in a TD catch from Kevin Glenn and receiver Chandler Jones did the same with a Rakeem Cato throw for Montreal. Kicker Boris Bede made one convert and missed another.

"Most of these guys, they're seeing their first action in football," Lewis said. "It's one of those things that young guys are going to go out there, they're going to play hard and make a couple mistakes. But I thought they made some plays. …

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