Whitaker hat-trick, goal-line stand saves Als 30-25 win
Brandon Whitaker scored 3 touchdowns to give the Als a lead just before the 3-minute warning, but it took a goal-line stand to knock off the best team in the CFL West. Whitaker scored one on the ground and a pair through the air.
Ventrell Jenkins came up with 2 sacks, Billy Parker knocked down a pass on a 3rd-down gamble and the Als hung on in the final seconds to improve to 6-3. The Lions had their 4-game win-streak stopped.
Anthony Calvillo admitted he was given extra homework for a new gameplan against the Lions. Jeff Perrett vowed the Lions' top defense in the country can be kept off balance. Paid off in the early minutes, but by the 2nd half, the Lions turned momentum around with long kick returns and field goals.
Victor Anderson scored on an impressive run stradling a would-be BC tackler late in the 3rd quarter out of a unique 2-back T-formation to reclaim a lead late in the 3rd.
Captains for the game as chosen by Head Coach Marc Trestman were SJ Green, John Bowman and Patrick Lavoie (pictured at right).
Anthony Calvillo, seeking an 8th straight 300+ passing game, threw 4/4 for a touchdown to Brandon Whitaker in the opening minutes.
Whitaker would score on an impressive run after catch in the 2nd quarter to restore a lead. "B-Whit" is just 1 TD shy of his personal best 6 set last season.
The Als' misadventures on special teams continued with an offside penalty on a routine kickoff right after the major score, the flag denying a fumble.
Defense set the tone with a qb sack on the Lions' first play from scrimmage by 1st year Alouette Ventrell Jenkins.
The crowd hit 22,239 at Molson Stadium, where the Als don't play again until Sept. 16th.
Former Alouettes of the 1970s were honoured during the pregame ceremony: Gordie Judges, Glen "Fuzzy" Weir (also pictured here) and Gabriel Gregoire along with current Lions GM and former Alouette Wally Buono.