Tiger-Cats 25 Blue Bombers 13
HAMILTON — Hamilton quarterback Kevin Glenn insists he is not a vengeful man.
But he couldn’t hide a huge grin as he spoke with reporters after coming off the bench in the second half to lead the Tiger-Cats past the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 25-13 in front of a loud crowd of 24,292 at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Saturday night.
“I’m not a vengeful person,” said the former Bombers star. “You want to treat every team the same. You want to go out and you don’t ever want to put one team above the other. But I’ll be honest. It does feel nice that it happened to be Winnipeg tonight.”
The veteran QB was released by Winnipeg in the off-season before being picked up by Hamilton. But Glenn, 30, started the season as the back-up to up-and-comer Quinton Porter, 26, who started Saturday’s game but was pulled after the teams went into halftime tied at 6-6.
Hamilton head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said he hadn’t planned on keeping Glenn in for the rest of the game. Porter had been moving the ball well (16 of 23 pass attempts for 188 yards, no TDs and one interception), but hadn’t been able to get it in the end zone.
“My thought process was, we’d give Kevin a few series and Quinton could watch,” said Bellefeuille. “He would probably go back in the game. Kevin got on a bit of a roll and was moving the team so we just stayed with him.”
Bellefeuille said he would decide on Monday who would get the start in Week 4 because ”both guys can play” and referred to Porter as the “future” of the team.
Glenn completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 146 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The key to Hamilton’s performance was the ability of the team to rebound and score after those two turnovers.
Glenn hit Chris Davis from 32 yards out and Dave Stala from 11 yards. Davis led receivers with six receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown. Stala, a Hamilton native, scored his first touchdown as a Ticat.
Hamilton improves to 2-1, having won its second game in a row. Winnipeg falls to 1-2.
Ticat kicker Nick Setta made three of four field goal attempts, missing from 44 yards to start the game, but hitting from 36, 32 and 42 yards. Bomber kicker Alexis Serna made both field goal attempts, from 49 and 44 yards.
Winnipeg QB Stefan LeFors completed seven of 19 pass attempts for 99 yards, no touchdowns and no picks.
Kelly shouldered the blame for the loss, in which his offence gained only 260 yards, 50 of which came on one run by Fred Reid.
“It’s on me,” Kelly said. “I didn’t put good enough schemes together in order for our guys to be successful.”