Football Night In Canada: Week 3 Wrapup

The third week of the CFL season was a tribute to its history. Each team played its games in a 1960’s retro jersey during the CFL’s Retro Week. While all the games weren’t vintage rivalries didn’t mean that the teams didn’t give their all and go hard for the win. Among the big games for the week were Saskatchewan and Montreal battling to be the sole remaining undefeated team this season. However, even that game failed to provide any real excitement at the wire.

BC 40 @ Edmonton 22 – They had to do it on the road, but the BC Lions were able to earn their first win of the season by crushing the Eskimos. In the first quarter, BC starter Buck Pierce went down with an injury and it was backup Jarious Jackson that carried the team to victory. Jackson led the way with 362 yards and 4 TDs.

The Lions got out of the gate with 16 unanswered points before Ricky Ray fired back with a pair of majors to make it a two-point game at the half. From there it was all Lions. Jackson threw three of his TD passes in the second half to leave the Eskies in the dust and pull BC off the schnide. Interestingly, despite his outstanding performance, Jackson won’t start next week against Calgary. Meanwhile, the Esks, losers of two straight, is going back to the drawing board.

Toronto 9 @ Calgary 44 – The defending Grey Cup champions decided that they won’t give up their crown without a fight. Unfortunately for Toronto, they were victims of the awoken giant that was the Stampeders. The Stamps crushed their opposition by taking advantage of 6 Toronto turnovers to earn their first win of the season.

The Stamps scored first on a Joffrey Reynolds 1 yard run and never gave up the lead from there. The Argos only scoring came in the first half as Justin Medlock kicked three field goals. As mentioned, Calgary took advantage of Argo mistakes. They earned two TDs off interceptions while a Kerry Joseph fumble was also returned for a major. All told, Calgary was able to turn Toronto turnovers into 24 points on the night. The offensive numbers may not have been spectacular but the defence was clearly the star of the game for Calgary. That effort was led by Brandon Browner who had 8 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 TD.

Montreal 43 @ Saskatchewan 10 – The battle of the CFL’s only unbeaten teams heading into week three was anti-climactic. It was a one score game after the first half and Saskatchewan had the lead at one point. But the Als buckled down in the final 30 minutes to utterly embarrass the Green Riders in front of their home fans to become the lone top dog in the CFL.

After the Riders took an 8-4 lead in the second quarter, Montreal scored 29 unanswered points to take control of the game. Anthony Calvillo hit two big passes (from 20 and 55 yards) for majors. Even when Saskatchewan scored, they didn’t. Montreal conceded the safety that gave the Riders their only second half points. Avon Cobourne led the way offensively for both teams. The Als running back rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Kicker Damon Duval also had a good game. He went 4/5 on field goals, kicked three rouges, and was four-for-four on extra points to score 19 points on the day. Despite this being supposedly a battle of two top teams, there was some sloppy play. The teams combined for 10 turnovers and 153 yards of penalties.

Also, history is in the cards for Anthony Calvillo. His two touchdowns tied him with Ron Lancaster on the career touchdowns list with 333 TD passes. The sixteen season CFL veteran is 61 TDs behind Damon Allen’s all-time mark of 394 TD passes.

Winnipeg 13 @ Hamilton 25 – This game actually was closely fought for most of the game. That was until a former Bomber came off the Ti-Cat bench and made his old team pay the price for letting him go. Kevin Glenn came in for Quinton Porter and led the way for Hamilton to have a Week 4 clash for the East Division lead with Montreal.

The teams traded field goals for a 6-6 tie at the half. From there, it was the Kevin Glenn show at Ivor Wynne. Glenn had a pair of TD passes to give Hamilton the win. Glenn can even take some credit for the Bombers only major of the game. Siddeeq Shabazz intercepted a Glenn pass for a 30 TD return. Other than that, it was smooth sailing for the home side as they rose above .500 for the first time since 2004.

Offensive Player of the Week: Jarious Jackson (BC) – 19/28, 362 yds, 4 TD, 20 yds rush
Defensive Player of the Week: Brandon Browner (CGY) – 8 tkls, 1 int, 1 TD

East Division Standings
1. Montreal 3-0
2. Hamilton 2-1
3. Winnipeg 1-2
4. Toronto 1-2

West Division Standings
1. Saskatchewan 2-1
2. Calgary 1-2
3. BC 1-2
4. Edmonton 1-2

Week 4 Schedule:
Thursday: Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Montreal Alouettes
Friday: Toronto Argonauts at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Friday: Calgary Stampeders at BC Lions
Saturday: Edmonton Eskimos at Saskatchewan Roughriders

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