Calvillo courageous comeback bid falls well short 39-24
Three's company in a crowded CFL East, but Anthony Calvillo couldn't work miracles for a second straight week.
Calvillo seemed to thrive off the pain of repeated hits and sacks in the 2nd half to throw for a pair of 3rd quarter touchdowns to keep hope alive.
Just as AC had to pick himself up repeatedly in the 2nd half, Kyries Hebert says the Als have to pick themselves up as a team.
The Als are now 2-2, tied with Hamilton and Toronto for 1st place. But big trouble areas have already been exposed and exploited.
Brandon London, a 3rd quarter hero, calls next Friday's game on CJAD 800 "our Grey Cup" facing Toronto and a chance to reclaim sole posession of 1st place at Molson Stadium. (Hear it live on CJAD starting with a 7PM Countdown to Opening Kickoff).
If Ivor Wynne Stadium is a "no pain, no gain" workplace, then Anthony Calvillo seemed determined to grin and bear it seeking his first win in Hamilton since 2009.
AC threw a perfect strike to Brandon London for a touchdown after being knocked to the turf repeatedly and favoring his left arm. That closed the gap to 32-17 late in the 3rd quarter. London had 0 catches in the 1st half.
Then AC threw to TD specialist Patrick Lavoie for the rookie's 3rd TD catch of the season on just 4 receptions.
But the Als were soft on specials and let Hamilton push the lead back to 2 touchdowns.
Anthony Calvillo threw a rare interception on the Als' first offensive series to set up an early Hamilton touchdown, but there's enough blaim to go around in this game.
Special teams gave up a punt block and a long missed-field to Chris Williams in the 2nd quarter alone. That created an 11-point swing.
Defense shot itself in the foot with penalties to set up another Henry Burris TD pass for a Ti-Cats early 14-0 lead and at times appeared to be manhandled.
But Calvillo struck late in the 1st for a long gain deep over the middle to SJ Green then a short toss in the left flat for a touchdown, Whitaker's 3rd TD catch of the season.
Als receiving yards leader Brian Bratton has been placed on the 1-game injured list and will not face the Tiger-Cats. He was replaced by Bo Bowling on the roster, a 2nd-year Alouette, but saw no game action.
Bowling can play receiver and run back kicks, an area of weakness for the Als so far this season, but the Als started with Trent Guy and DB Seth Williams on kickoffs, Guy doubling as an extra receiver.
The Als have their entire starting defense for the first time together with the season debut of veteran rush end John Bowman and the return from minor injuries for end Marques Murrell and DB Dwight Anderson.
But the defense was scorched by Henry Burris, facing the Als for the first time as a Tiger-Cat.
Calvillo was slow to get up after taking a hit in the 3rd quarter, wincing in pain from his left arm. AC has been bothered by a sore left shoulder.