Als redemption in Home Opener, "This is us"-Flory
The Alouettes vowed not so much to have short memories as make the necessary corrections from Opening Game embarrasment. Offense, defense and specials teams.
Two out of 3 ain't bad. The Als beat the Bombers 41-30 with a dominating 1st quarter performance and hat-trick of touchdowns for Brandon Whitaker.
The CFL rushing king was a threat through the air matching a career high 11 receptions for a career high 137. B-Whit was stifled on the ground though for the 1st half, but the Als pounded away in the 2nd half.
Whitaker finished with 98 yards on 16 carries for a combined offensive total of 235.
The Als' receiver corps made up for an early fumble and some drops---SJ Green breaking free for 120 yards on 5 receptions.
Anthony Calvillo and Adrian McPherson hit rookie Patrick Lavoie and defensive lineman-turned-tight end JP Bekasiak for touchdowns on their first career CFL catches.
The Als host Calgary for payback on that 38-10 Canada Day loss Thursday night (7PM Countdown to Opening Kickoff).
The Alouette defense hit stride with newcomer Rod Davis recovering a fumble and grabbing an interception in front of the adoring eyes of his wife and little boys visiting from Mississippi.
The Als also came up with 3 quarterback sacks, while Anthony Calvillo was never forced to hit the ground for a loss.
Calvillo did leave the game momentarily after scrambling for a few yards, but hit the turf hard with a Bomber colliding. AC went to the trainers room but emerged for the very next series, his left (non-throwing) shoulder seemingly none the worse for wear and tear.
Calvillo finished the night 31/39 for 443 yards passing with no interceptions and 3 touchdowns.
On the CJAD postgame show, veteran offensive lineman Scott Flory says "That wasn't us in Calgary...this is us."
Defensive lineman Luc Mullinder however says he's not content with the defensive performance.
"We prepare like we want a shutout every time. I know that sounds crazy."