Als pull out heart-stopping win 33-32
Kyries Hebert calls it the kind of win that builds team unity. Brandon London says the thrilling 33-32 rally teaches team bonding to Alouette newcomers.
But it also reinforces the legend of Anthony Calvillo.
"He's the best ever," Brian Bratton stated simply from the madness of the victory celebration after the Als struck for 2 touchdowns in the final 2 minutes.
Calvillo finished with another "hat trick" of TD passes and for the 2nd straight week showed confidence in rookie Patrick Lavoie at a critical moment.
Calvillo was entirely frustrated in the 2nd half when the Als squandered a modest 13-8 lead and fell behind 32-20 into the final minutes.
AC aired it up for Brandon London repeatedly who hauled in his first career 100-yard pass-catching game to set up SJ Green for a TD catch.
The defense set up the winning TD in the final minute when Jerald Brown picked off a Kevin Glenn pass, ran it inside the 5 of the Stamps only to fumble.
Kyries Hebert alertly scrambled to the ball, but then more heroics were required.
The Als lost yardage on their first 2 attempts to get to the endzone and reclaim the lead. Adrian McPherson was on for the short-yardage offense but Calvillo came back on for one critical 3rd and goal play from the 3. He fired a bullet to Lavoie, who hunt on a step inside the endzone, and was driven back out to the Calgary 1...but the TD stood.
The Als defense then forced the Stamps to take too much time in a bid to move into FG range to steal the game back.
The Als improve to 2-1, the Stamps slip to 1-2.
Montreal returns to CJAD 800 Saturday July 21 at 6:30PM from Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats.
The Als o-line was under pressure to keep Anthony Calvillo better protected than ever with AC shrugging off a sore left shoulder suffered in the home opener win against Winnipeg, but the Stampeders came up with 4 sacks, several more punishing hits and several more hurries.
The Als had surrendered only 1 sack so far this season, though AC was hit on a play last week when he was flushed out of the pocket and went to take the safety slide after gaining a few yards.
The veterans on the o-line are raving about the work of first-year CFL assistant coach Pat Meyer, who had climbed his way up the ranks in US college football with North Carolina State when Marc Trestman was there.
Veteran tackle Jeff Perrett says this is the 3rd season in a row the Als have had the same starting 5 up front and they expect better things.
Pack Your Bags: Als GM Jim Popp, AGM Marcel Desjardins and other scouts are plotting their routes through NFL pre-season training camps.
Surprised the Als have Brody McKnight, their 1st Rd pick from 2010? "He can do all 3 phases of the kicking game and that's more valuable in the CFL than the NFL", one CFL source tells CJAD.