Als grab 1st place with 28-17 win over Riders
The Alouettes scored touchdowns on each of their first 2 drives to start the game, but kept the Roughriders alive with turnovers and a sputtering offense in the 2nd Half.
Brandon Whitaker carried the ball 4 times and had a long gain through the air to give the Als a 7-0 lead off their first posession, but B-Whit's fumble in the 2nd half set up a Riders TD in the opening minute of the 4th quarter.
Injury trouble hit again: Brian Bratton knocked out of action with a leg injury suffered on a touchdown catch from Anthony Calvillo as he somersaulted at the goal line, then Brandon Whitaker early in the 4th quarter with a leg injury too.
The Als defense came up with key turnovers in the 4th quarter--Seth Williams and Kyries Hebert with interceptions then a takeaway on downs with Hebert doling out another hard hit.
The Alouettes warmed up on the field without 3 key starters: Billy Parker, Brandon London and Jeff Perrett who was on crutches for the Montreal-Riders game (live on CJAD 800).
American rookie Michael Ola started on the o-line for Perrett. Some CFL sources suggest Ola, fresh off UFL and Arena football stints, is athletic enough to be starting regularly for some other teams.
A win gives the Als sole posession of 1st place in the CFL East. The Riders have won 2 in a row (both against lowly Winnipeg) since a 5-game losing streak.
Adrian McPherson also scored for the Als on a 1-yd run early.
The Saskatchewan roadtrip marks a football homecoming for former Alouette allstar Barron Miles (who has agreed to serve as defensive coordinator someday when I name Calvillo head coach and Cahoon offensive coordinator, lol). Miles was an expert ball theif but his Roughrider secondary has only 3 interceptions.
Paul Woldu, the former reserve DB and special teams player, turned 28 just 2 days ago.
The Als honoured the 2002 Grey Cup championship team before the game, including CJAD's Ed Philion.