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article imageCFL: Mcpherson leads Als to victory, sets rushing record

By Joseph DeClara     Sep 11, 2010 in Sports
Montreal - Anthony Calvillo felt he was ready to start today in Hamilton, but head coach Marc Trestman thought it was better to give his star quarterback another week’s rest.
The decision was fuelled by the fact that Adrian Mcpherson was back from injury after tearing an MCL in his knee during training camp. It also turned out to be a good decision.
Calvillo is not in danger of losing his job to Mcpherson, but Avon Colbourne might have some competition for his role after Mcpherson gained 121 yards on 16 carries becoming the first quarterback in Als history to rush for over 100 yards. He also threw for 238 yards, completing 21 of 37 attempts with one touchdown pass.
No one is seriously considering Mcpherson as a starting running back, but he looked like he could fill the role should the team ever need him to. It’s rare to see a quarterback attempt stiff-arming a defense, it’s even rarer to see a quarterback do it successfully time and time again, but that’s what happened Saturday afternoon.
Mcpherson controlled the offense well and made good decisions in his third CFL start. His ability and desire to attack defences by rushing at them threw Hamilton off all day. Between shovel passes and stiff arms, Mcpherson had no trouble leading the Alouettes to a 27-6 victory in an important divisional game against the Ti-Cats.
Montreal took an early lead scoring a field goal on the opening drive. Kevin Glenn then threw an interception to Mark Estelle on Hamilton’s first play on the game which the Alouettes promptly turned into an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Watkins, who ended the day with 68 yards on 4 carries. Cobourne scored the other Montreal touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Damon Duval took care of the rest of the scoring going 4 for 5 in field goal attempts.
Ben Cahoon had a good day himself, racking up 48 yards on 4 receptions. He also passed 13,000 career yards, receiving on a fantastic diving catch in the second quarter.
Chip Cox had another solid day for the Montreal defence leading the team in tackles with six and adding a defection. Billy Parker added another interception to the defence’s totals although the post-interception celebrate caused a stir when Arlan Bruce took exception and tried to break it up. By the end of the ensuing scuffle, Montreal had 45 yards in penalties and De’audra Dix was ejected from the game, much to Tresman’s displeasure.
Hamilton’s quarterback woes continued with Glenn going 11 for 27 with 159 yards and one interception. He was replaced in the third quarter by Quinton Porter who did not fare much better, going 2 for 6 with 15 yards passing and an interception.
Deandra Cobb padded his stats with a 49-yard run on the last play of the game; he ended with 59 yards on 4 carries.
Montreal improved their record to 7-3 to take the lead in the eastern division, and broke Hamilton’s four game winning streak in the process. Hamilton dropped to 5-5.
Montreal returns home to host Edmonton next Sunday.
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