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Reid runs wild as Blue Bombers roll over Lions

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The Canadian Press
8/22/2009 3:25:02 AM
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VANCOUVER -- In the end, running back Fred Reid couldn't believe how easy has big night was.

That left the B.C. Lions wondering how hard it might get this CFL season.

Reid scorched the Lions for 260 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns -- one a 52-yard gallop -- as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers trampled B.C. 37-10 Friday night.

"Just about every play I was in the secondary," said Reid, who set a Bomber single-game rushing record and helped Winnipeg snap a two-game losing streak. "I have to give props to the O-line. They opened some big holes tonight.

"Before I knew it, I was in the secondary. You know how the DBs are, they don't really want to tackle back there."

The five-foot-nine, 189-pound native of Tampa, Fla., was as elusive as he was fast. It was like trying to tackle a shadow as Reid ducked under arms and dodged grasping hands. Once he found some open space he turned on the speed.

"Fred left it on the field today," said Winnipeg quarterback Michael Bishop. "To have a guy like that can carry the ball, and do the things he did today, it was amazing."

While Bishop was amazed, B.C. linebacker JoJuan Armour was embarrassed.

"They lined up and kicked our ass," said Armour. "That's the bottom line.

"It's embarrassing. I'm embarrassed for my performance and I apologize to my team. There was no excuse for it."

The win improved Winnipeg's record to 3-5. The Lions, who saw a two-game win streak end, are also 3-5.

Reid broke the old Bomber record of 249 rushing yards in a game set by Blaise Bryant against Hamilton on Sept. 17, 1994.

He also was just 27 yards shy of the CFL single-game rushing record of 287 yards set by Ronnie Stewart of the Ottawa Rough Riders against Montreal on Oct. 10, 1960.

While Reid did the most damage he wasn't the only weapon the Bombers used to club the Lions. Yvenson Bernard also rushed for 112 yards on 11 carries.

"We have two great backs there," said Bishop, who threw a 23-yard touchdown to Terrence Edwards. "You never know who is gong to carry the ball back there.

"They both did a great job."

Overall the Bombers had 393 rushing yards compared to just 87 for B.C.

"We had some good play calling that caught them off guard and some new schemes that they weren't prepared for," said Reid. "We just executed.

"It gives us something to build on going in the bye week."

The last player to rush for over 200 yards against the Lions was Mike Pringle, then of the Baltimore Stallions, who had 216 yards in a game back in 1994.

Many in the crowd of 27,983 started heading to the exits early in the fourth quarter when Jovon Johnson picked off a Jarious Jackson pass and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown.

Reid also scored on a one-yard run.

Jackson started his first game of the season because Buck Pierce was sidelined with a concussion. He threw a 38-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Arceneaux but left the game in the fourth quarter after having his head slammed into the turf while being hit by two Bombers.

He finished the night completing 15-of-24 passes for 185 yards and three interceptions.

Alexis Serna added field goals of 44, 35 and 39 yards for the Bombers, who led 20-10 at half time.

Bishop's numbers weren't great for Winnipeg, but he didn't hurt the Bombers and he made a couple key throws.

With the game tied 10-10, the Bombers were facing a second-and-17 on the Lions' 23-yard-line. Bishop scrambled out of trouble and found Edwards, who had gotten open between three Lion defenders, for an easy touchdown.

"A lot of people were saying it was a make-or-break game for us," said Bishop, who completed 11 of 20 passes for 131 yards. "We didn't want to go into the bye with another loss.

"We went in with style and class and have something to build on."

After showing some signs of turning their season around, the Lions find themselves again searching for answers.

B.C. didn't score a point after the 4:45 mark of the second quarter. While Jackson had a hot hand on the opening drive, he looked very ordinary the rest of the night.

"We didn't show up," said slotback Geroy Simon, who was held to two catches for 24 yards. "They ran down our throats and we couldn't get any rhythm on offence so we just gave them the ball right back.

"We were awful."

Wally Buono, the Lions coach and general manager, was left shaking his head after the loss.

"I'm more concerned about the collective psyche of the team after that," he said. "It's hard to take.

"I was shocked. I was very, very disappointed."

Notes: B.C. now heads into a bye week before back-to-back games against Montreal . ...The Lions swept their series last year against Winnipeg by a combined score of 69-42. ...Simon didn't make his first catch until late in the third quarter.



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