Les Alouettes l’emporte contre les Tiger-Cats
La Presse Canadienne
Les stratégies de Mark Trestman et le brio d'Anthony Calvillo ont permis aux Alouettes de Montréal de facilement battre les Tiger-Cats de Hamilton 33-10, jeudi, dans le tout premier match de la saison 2008 de la Ligue canadienne de football.
Le quart montréalais, qui en est à sa 15e saison dans la LCF - sa 11e avec les Alouettes - a terminé la rencontre en complétant 25 de ses 37 passes, pour des gains de 293 verges et deux touchés.
Ces 293 verges ont permis à Calvillo de porter son total en carrière à 53 343, pour ainsi devancer Danny McManus au deuxième rang de l'histoire de la LCF. McManus a complété sa carrière avec 53 255 verges de gains par la passe.
Calvillo a devancé McManus au troisième quart, en complétant une passe de 22 verges à Jason Armstead. Sur le jeu suivant, Calvillo a rejoint Kerry Watkins sur 32 verges pour un touché et porter la marque à 23-3.
Damon Allen domine tous les quarts du football professionnel, avec 72 381 verges de gains par la passe.
Watkins, de son côté, a complété la rencontre avec six passes captées pour des gains de 102 verges et deux touchés. Avon Cobourne a marqué l'autre touché des Alouettes. Le botteur Damon Duval a réussi quatre placements et trois transformations.
La performance des Alouettes, qui menaient 16-3 après deux quarts, a permis à Trestman, qui en est à sa première saison en tant qu'entraîneur-chef dans la LCF, de remporter son premier match à la barre de la formation montréalaise, qui a terminé la saison 2007 avec une fiche de 8-10, leur première fiche perdante depuis leur retour dans la LCF, en 1996.
Le match a été plus difficile pour les Tiger-Cats.
Le quart partant Casey Printers a connu un match décent, comme en font foi sa fiche de 15-en-21 pour des gains de 203 verges et ses trois courses pour un total de 33 verges, mais il a reçu peu d'aide de ses coéquipiers. Il a d'ailleurs été victime de trois sacs et les Tiger-Cats ont commis trois revirements, contre aucun pour les Alouettes.
Tre Smith a marqué l'unique touché des Tiger-Cats sur une course de 75 verges au quatrième quart, mais les Alouettes menaient déjà par 30 points à ce moment. Nick Setta a ajouté un placement et une transformation.
Just like old times
From Friday's Globe and Mail
June 26, 2008 at 10:28 PM EDT
HAMILTON — For a team determined to avoid the kind of dreadful start that has buried it by mid-season three years in a row, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats had about as many bad omens in one half of football as one could imagine.
Their first series of ended in an unsuccessful third-down gamble. Their first successfully completed pass was fumbled away. And by the time Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo had directed his team to a 16-0 lead midway through the second quarter, the Ticats had run just seven plays from scrimmage.
Climbing out of that kind of whole is tough for any team. And though Hamilton (0-1) certainly didn't roll over at any point of last night's 33-10 loss, there was never a sense of Montreal (1-0) being in any danger, right from the opening kickoff.
But if Hamilton fans – and judging by last night's crowd of 20,587 at Ivor Wynne Stadium, there are considerably fewer of them than there were at the start of last season – were looking for reasons to hope, they found it in quarterback Casey Printers, who looked at times a lot more like the 2004 CFL most outstanding player than the bewildered soul who showed up in Hamilton halfway through last season. Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo launches a pass as he is hit by Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Dominic Lewis.
Granted, it was tough for Printers to do much when he was barely on the field for a good part of the first half, and spent a good part of the rest of the game running for his life. But the poise, accuracy and that ability to throw on the run displayed last night is the kind of thing that should give Steeltown fans a little hope.
Hamilton's timing on offence always wasn't sharp, forcing Printers to make plays by either threading the needle into tight coverage or scrambling to buy time until his receivers could get open. And when he moved his team the length of the field in the final minute of the half – starting at the Hamilton two-yard line and finishing and travelling 99 yards for Hamilton's only field goal of the half – it was perhaps a glimpse of things to come.
With three receivers who are new to the CFL in Scott Mitchell, Eddie Cohen and Willie Ponder, Printers was doing much of the work himself last night. That made for some exciting football, but the team that made Printers among the highest-paid players in the league can't be happy seeing their quarterback take as many tough shots as he did against the Als.
Aside from Printers going 15 of 21 for 203 yards without an interception, there wasn't much else the Tiger-Cats did right besides a 75-yard touchdown run by Tre Smith that means Hamilton won't go into next week still seeking its first major of the season.
Overall, Hamilton is now 1-17 in games played in June and July since 2004.
The Alouettes, meanwhile, playing with a roster very similar to the one that managed the team's first sub-.500 season last season since the franchise was reborn in 1996, looked from the opening kickoff as though they expected to win last night.
Their offence looked sharp and rejuvenated under first-year CFL head coach Marc Trestman, going heavy on the pass, including on the first nine plays from scrimmage.
Calvillo attacked the Hamilton defence down the middle with mid-range passes, getting rid of the ball quickly to avoid a decent pass rush coming from the Hamilton front as he went 25 of 37 for 293 yards and two touchdowns before giving way to backup Brad Banks.
Early in the second half, a pass to Jason Armstead put Calvillo ahead of Danny McManus (53,255 yards) for second on the CFL's career passing list, trailing only Damon Allen, who retired this spring.
Calvillo spread the ball around but Montreal's biggest weapon was Avon Cobourne, who'd touched the ball just 50 times the past two seasons. Last night he had six receptions and nine carries for 126 total yards and a touchdown, often turning short passes into big gains with his aggressive running.
Montreal added to its lead late in the third quarter, when Calvillo hit Kerry Watkins with a 32-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter that gave Montreal a 23-3 lead.
Coburn's three-yard touchdown with 6:58 in the fourth quarter sealed the deal by putting the Als up by 27 points.