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article imageCFL: Montreal Alouettes Break BC Curse

By Joseph DeClara     Jul 17, 2010 in Sports
Montreal - The Alouettes win their first game in BC since 2000 at Empire Field ending a nine-game losing streak in the stadium. The Alouettes still haven't won at BC Place though.
It wasn't the most convincing win Montreal has had in recent memory. But long losing streaks are often broken in unorthodox ways. Montreal didn't score a touchdown, but they did manage four field goals, two singles and a safety which was enough to win their first game in BC in a decade.
The Lions scored the only touchdown of the game late in the first half when Armstrong took a short pass from Printers and ran it into the end zone giving BC a 9-6 half time lead.
A field goal in the 3rd gave them a six point lead and it was up to Montreal to complete their second straight 4th quarter come from behind win.
Anthony Calvillo and Avon Cobourne worked well together. Calvillo finished with 297 yards passing and Cobourne finished with 79 yards rushing on 13 carries and another 43 yards receiving. Calvillo spread the ball around all game, hitting eight different receivers including offensive lineman Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, who caught a ten yard pass in the 2nd. Brodeur-Jourdain didn't look like a hall of fame receiver on the play, but any time an offensive lineman makes a catch, you have to give him credit. S.J. Green had a big game for Montreal, catching eight balls for 107 yards including a huge 40-yard reception to set up the game winning field goal.
Calvillo spent the night picking apart the BC defense for short gains going 30-47, but wasn't able to make the big play. For the second straight game, Montreal had difficulty scoring touchdowns from the red zone: they went 0-1 after going 1-4 last week against Edmonton.
"We grinded through," said Calvillo, "Our defense kept us in the game by keeping them out of the end zone. We had enough plays on offence to put us in field goal range."
Calvillo's counterpart, Casey Printers, had difficulty connecting with his receivers. He spent the night contained in the pocket, most likely a coaching strategy. Last week Printers suffered an quadriceps injury and was pulled from the game. Against the Alouettes, Printers was not his mobile self. He sometimes didn't seem as comfortable in the pocket as he usually is in the backfield, running around avoiding sacks and sprinting for first downs. He did manage to dodge a sack and dump the ball to Armstrong for the game's only touchdown. By the fourth quarter, Printers looked to be limping a bit after taking more hits than he's used to, although Montreal only managed to sack Printers once. Montreal has the lowest sack total in the league.
Damon Duval, the Montreal kicker, didn't have his best game but still managed to hit four of six field goals including a 41-yard game tying field goal and the 20-yard game winner. Later Duval kicked a 60-yard punt to pick up a single, giving the Alouettes a four point lead.
"If this game went any other way it's on my shoulders," said Duval. "It didn't start off well. We stuck together. Offense and defense kept pushing. I finally picked things up and got things going in the right direction."
Calvillo and Printers combined for 50 completions and 550 yards passing but only one touchdown. Part of the problem was dropped passes on both sides.
Ben Cahoon had three catches on his 38th birthday putting him three short of 3rd on the the all-time receptions leader list.
Jerald Brown had another good game, intercepting the ball in the 4th to kill a BC drive as well as recovering a fumble which lead to the game-tying field goal.
"We just hung in there and fought," said Brown. "Wins aren't always easy.”
That's two difficult wins in a row for the Alouettes, who take a very respectable 2-1 record back to Montreal. Next on the chopping block: their home opener against the 1-2 Hamilton Tiger Cats.
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