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article imageCFL: Cobourne has career day as Alouettes crush Argonauts Special

By Joseph DeClara     Jul 30, 2010 in Sports
Montreal - Anthony Calvillo throws for 394 yards and Avon Cobourne rushes for 115 as Montreal rolls over the Toronto Argonauts 41-10 at Molson Stadium.
If you were to look at only their records, it would seem that the Argonauts and Alouettes were evenly matched heading into last night’s game. Both teams had posted 3-1 records to start the season. The Alouettes, being the defending Grey Cup champions, are expected to win games this season. The Argonauts, who finished last season with an eight game losing streak, are not expected to win games. That being said, Toronto has managed to beat Winnipeg, Calgary, and BC so far this season.
Last night’s battle for top spot in the East started out close but the Als quickly took the game away from the Argos, exposing a number of weaknesses in the process. After a quick two and out by Toronto to start the game, both teams marched down the field on the ensuing drives for touchdowns, and took a 7-7 tie into the 2nd quarter. Toronto kept the game close in the 2nd, heading into half time behind 7 points, but in the 2nd half Montreal outscored Toronto 24-0 to complete the 41-10 blowout.
Leading the Alouettes, as usual, were Anthony Calvillo and Avon Cobourne. Calvillo completed 30 passes for 394 yards and threw two touchdowns. Ricky Santos threw another in the 2nd to Jamel Richardson. Cobourne had a career-high 231 total yards with 115 yards rushing and another 116 in reception yards plus two rushing touchdowns. S.J Green and Richardson caught the Calvillo touchdown passes.
“It just feels like another game,” said Coboune according to TSN. “The first time I did 100-100 it was big because I was always in the offence, but now it felt like working.”
Cobourne has been a workhorse this season, compiling 343 yards on 64 carries and another 271 yards on 24 receptions in five games. Only Richardson has more receptions for Montreal than Cobourne.
Kerry Watkins caught seven passes for 118 yards and Ben Cahoon caught 4 for 45 yards. Cahoon needed only two catches to pass Allen Pitts on the all time receptions list. He now has a career total of 969 catches, three behind Darren Flutie who is second on the list. Terry Vaughn has the most career receptions with 1,006.
Other than their first quarter touchdown drive and a 55-yard completion in the 2nd, which set up Toronto’s only field goal, the Montreal defence was solid. The CFL’s leading rusher, Cory Boyd, was limited to 53 yards on nine carries and Cleo Lemon, who was sacked three times, was held to just eight completions and 143 yards passing. Lemon did manage another 35 yards on the ground and scored the lone Toronto touchdown on a three yard rush capping a 17 play, 77 yard drive.
David Duval hit both his field goal attempts and all five converts.
Once again this Montreal team dominated with physical play. The offensive line opened big holes in the Toronto defence for Cobourne, and the defence didn’t stop with the hard hits even with the score out of hand and a quarter of the fans trying to beat the rush out of the stadium. Many of the fans, to their credit, stood around the gate till the final few seconds ticked off the clock.
Montreal hosts Saskatchewan next week in what is sure to be an exciting game. When they met four weeks ago to start the season, the Roughriders beat Montreal 54-51. It was the third highest scoring game in CFL history.
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