Football Night In Canada: Kicking Off Week 2

The second week of the CFL season kicked off in Montreal at Molson Stadium on the campus of McGill University. While school may be out for the students, that didn’t mean that there wasn’t a massive crowd on hand. Like the games last week, yesterday was a playoff rematch of the East Division Final between the Als and the Edmonton Eskimos. Would the Als come out on top like the last time they met?

Edmonton 16 @ Montreal 50 – After a very competitive East Division Final, the rematch was an absolute dud. The offenses slept for the first 45 minutes. When they finally came alive, it was a flurry to behold… For one team’s fans, anyway.

The game got off to a quick start for the home side. Anthony Calvillo through up a 28 yard toss to Karry Watkins for the major only seven plays and less than four minutes into the game. The Als put up the next score two minutes later when a 37 yard Damon Duval field goal attempt went wide to the left for the rouge. The Eskies did put some points on the board before the end of the first. Noel Prefontaine split the uprights with a 22 yard chip shot to cut the deficit to 8-3 after 15 minutes. The Als would open the second quarter scoring only a minute in. Duval missed another field goal to the left for a rouge, this one from 40 yards out. The senior kicker on the CFL circuit, Prefontaine, then decided to show Duval how it was done. He booted a 15 yard kick for 3 points. A couple of minutes later, Duval used his first-hand lesson to make his first field goal of the game from 11 yards out. With five seconds left in the first half, the Als would get the last laugh. Calvillo called his own number and rumbled 3 yards for the major. After the first 30 minutes, Montreal held a commanding 19-6 lead.

The second half got off to an exceedingly slow start. It wasn’t until the final 90 seconds of the third quarter that Edmonton was able to get points on the board. Noel Prefontaine launched home his third field goal of the night to cut the Als’ lead to 10. That was as close as the Esks would get. The Alouettes turned up the wick and put up 31 points in the fourth. They started a minute in with a 21 yard Calvillo pass to SJ Green. Five minutes later, Damon Duval lofted his second field goal of the night from 24 yards out. The next Esks drive ended with a punt but that didn’t slow the Als. Larry Taylor returned the Prefontaine punt 68 yards for the major. The Als scored on their next possession too thanks to a 1 yard rumble by Avon Cobourne. On the next play from scrimmage, Esks backup QB Jason Maas was picked off by Cory Huclack who took it 38 yards to the house. After all that, the Eskimos finally managed to score their first major of the game. Arkee Whitlock charged for one yard into the end zone with a minute to cap off a high scoring game.

For the Eskimos, this was a game to forget. Their 341 total yard wasn’t bad but giving up 5 turnovers and 5 sacks makes for a very long night. Montreal won the turnover battle which gave them control of both the ball and the scoreboard. Edmonton didn’t have a poor night defensively. They only gave up 457 yards over the game which doesn’t explain 50 points. Defence didn’t kill the Eskies last night, it was bad bounces.

Offensive Player of the Night: Anthony Calvillo (MTL) – 24/32, 343 yds, 2 TD passing, 1 TD rushing
Defensive Player of the Night: Keron Williams (MTL) – 5 tkls, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries

Friday Schedule:
Calgary Stampeders (0-1) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-1)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1) at B.C. Lions (0-1)

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