REGINA, Saskatchewan -- Charlie Baumann wasn't perfect, but he was good enough to get a second chance.
The Baltimore CFLs' new place-kicker made two field goals in a 35-18 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders yesterday -- but missed a 22-yard chip shot with the wind in the second quarter.
A week ago, a missed 22-yard field-goal attempt by Donald Igwebuike cost the CFLs a 30-29 loss to the Sacramento Gold Miners and ultimately cost Igwebuike his job.
"I think that's our tough range," Baltimore coach Don Matthews said yesterday. "I think [Baumann's] field kickoffs were really good. He did miss the 22- yarder, but he will certainly get a chance to kick again."
Baumann's CFL debut came in wind-swept Taylor Field, where both teams factored the wind into their strategy.
"It was a good introductory game for the wind for me," said Baumann, a former West Virginia kicker who was signed last Tuesday.
Baumann averaged 58.8 yards on his five kickoffs, including a 67-yarder with the wind.
He made a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Baltimore a 10-8 lead and finished the scoring with a 10-yarder in the final three minutes. But the failed 22-yard kick in the second quarter brought inevitable comparisons to Igwebuike.
"I didn't hit it good," he said. "I tried to put it where it would slide four or five feet inside the pole, but the wind pushed it over the top of the pole. In the NFL it would have been good. It was human error. I'm not used to that angle. . . . It was a learning experience."
Taking the knee
Matthews declined to put an exclamation point on the victory when he had quarterback Tracy Ham down the ball three times after getting first-and-goal at the Saskatchewan 1.
"We're here to win a football game and leave," Matthews said. "It serves no purpose to try to score a touchdown at that point."
Point totals count toward division tiebreakers, but not against other division foes.
For what it's worth, running back Mike Pringle thought he had scored on the play that gave the CFLs first down at the 1. "My body was out of bounds, but I crossed the pylon with the ball," he said of a 14-yard run.
Pringle has 1,021 rushing yards and slotback Chris Armstrong has 1,083 receiving yards with 11 TDs. Ham's two touchdown passes give him 19 for the season. . . . Saskatchewan coach Ray Jauch said he started quarterback Tom Burgess (17-for-31 for 167 yards and 2 TDs) to allow Warren Jones (rib injury) to get healthy for Shreveport next week. . . . Saskatchewan's Mike Saunders, who rushed for 386 yards in his past three games, was held to 49 on 11 carries, but had touchdown catches of 24 and 10 yards.
Having lost his bid to get a trial in Baltimore on use of the Colts name, CFLs owner Jim Speros said he would go without a name the rest of this season. . . . Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Superintendent of City Schools Dr. Walter Amprey will join CFLs coach Don Matthews and quarterback Tracy Ham at Garrison Middle School this morning at 9 to launch the "Coaches for Learning Foundation," a scholarship program that will assist middle school students in the city. Starting tomorrow, the caravan will go to three schools a day for the next nine school days.