Josh MacArthur of the UNB Red Bombers gets grabbed by Moe Rousselle of the Moncton Raiders during Atlantic Football League play Friday at Chapman Field. MacArthur had a touchdown as the Red Bombers won 38-27. 
Hubbard big for Bombers

By Chris Fox
Published in the Daily Gleaner on Saturday October 17, 2009
Appeared on Page B1

As the old saying goes, when you make a mistake don't just feel bad about it, make up for it.

For Andrew Hubbard, repentance comes in the form of touchdowns.

Hubbard, the star wide receiver for the UNB Red Bombers, fumbled a punt two minutes into an Atlantic Football League game against the Moncton Raiders on Friday night at Chapman Field that resulted in the game's opening touchdown, but quickly turned things around, scoring two touchdowns through the air and having several big runs on the ground as the Red Bombers dumped the Raiders 38-27.

"I felt terrible after bobbling that punt and them scoring and I really put it on my shoulders and told the guys that I would get the points back," he said. "It was just such a bad start, but we really did well to come back as a team and it feels good to get a win."

After losing a 16-14 nail biter, in which they struggled offensively on Oct. 2, the Red Bombers had no trouble putting points on the board Friday night in their second regular season game.

After Brad Doiron scored off a five-yard run for the Raiders early, Red Bomber quarterback Brendan Cornford engineered a 35-yard drive that was capped off when Tommy Broad tied the game on a four-yard run down the middle.

Then, after Moncton quarterback Donovan Boucher hit Ryan Larsen in the back corner of the end zone on a 30-yard blast, Josh MacArthur used the second of back-to-back runs to score from 10 yards out and even the score at 14.

In the second half it was all Red Bombers, as the home team scored 24 uncontested points before Moncton scored a meaningless goal line touchdown with one minute left.

Hubbard had two touchdowns on the night as did MacArthur. Linebacker Matt Flosse also scored a touchdown, after picking off a pass 10 yards out midway through the second half and running it in uncontested.

"We didn't really change the defence, but we just started putting more pressure on them with blitzing that really messed up their blocking and it worked," said Bombers head coach Mike Dollimore. "We were able to make contact with their running backs at the line of scrimmage if not in the backfield."

With the win the Red Bombers even their record at 1-1 as they enter the season's final stretch, which includes road games against Saint John next Saturday and Moncton again the following weekend.

Hubbard said the goal is simple.

"We really want to win the championship game on this field," he said.