J-Rich singing in rain, leads Als to 36-26 win
Neither wind nor rain can slow the Als offense down in Winnipeg. Anthony Calvillo hit Jamel Richardson for his 1st TD catch of the season and Montreal jumped out to an 8-0 lead by the end of the 1st quarter.
Richardson had never gone 6 games to start the season without a TD, and if you discount his playoff TD last November, hadn't scored in 9 consecutive regular season games.
J-Rich was somehow left wide open for his 2nd touchdown of the game in the 4th quarter. It came as Winnipeg was rallying back in the second half.
Patrick Lavoie had a key catch near the close of the 1st Q to set up a 2nd-quarter opening FG chipshot for Sean Whyte.
The Alouette defense has been the biggest storm faced by Bombers' QB Alex Brink. John Bowman had a 1st quarter sack, Jerald Brown a 2nd quarter pass knockdown and by the time the Als had an 11-0 lead early 2nd, Winnipeg had only 1 first down.
For a team that showed up in The Peg more than 13-1/2 hours late, they sure showed up early on the field. Air Canada pilots gave the Als more fits than the Blue Bomber attack did in the opening half.
The Als were forced to hold a walk-thru practise at Gate 17 of Trudeau Airport on the eve of the game as they whiled the hours away of needless flight delays.
The attacking defense of coordinator Jeff Reinebold held the Bombers to just 12 net yards in the opening quarter.
The rain hit just in time to soak the Alouettes for player warmups in Winnipeg, with a risk of thunderstorms threatening tonight's battle to avoid the basement of the CFL East.
Thunder boomed to the southwest, as lightning flashes were visible from the CJAD Broadcast Booth at CanadInns Stadium.
Flashing determination and patience was Bo Bowling on punt returns. He carried 8 times for 84 yards, a solid 10-yard average, not including another long run called back by penalties.
The Als dressed Kristian Matte, a rarely used spare in his 3rd season since a university career at Concordia, for only his 2nd game career on the 42-man active roster.
At halftime, Philion was reunited with former Alouette safety and University of Manitoba Bison Will Loftus to flashback to their 2002 Grey Cup win live on CJAD 800.
Former Blue Bomber Kyries Hebert hopes to make a big impact on a defense struggling to rally from one of the worst starts in franchise history---giving up the 3rd worst total ever through 5 weeks of the season. But it was Rod Davis who came up with big plays repeatedly, 2 sacks including a controversial helmet to helmet hit on Alex Brink that was not called a penalty.
Brandon London made a fumble recovery on special teams for the Als' first takeaway.
INJURY WORRIES: Marc-Olivier Brouillette had his left forearm in a sling as Montreal headed home for their bye week break. Brandon Whitaker left the game in the 4th quarter with a possible hip injury but it did not appear to be serious.