Monday, September 13, 2004

Clinching a post season spot by showing Post season form

One week after Labour Day and two months before the playoffs start, the Montreal Alouettes booked their spot in the Post seasons festivities. The Alouettes completely dominated a beat up Hamilton Tiger Cat squad, 47-18 securing a playoff spot after only week thirteen of the CFL schedule.

Anthony Calvillo once again had a highlight reel day, completing 24 of 36 passes for 332 yards, the eighth time this year he had passed for over 300 yards. And he did most of it without his primary receiver Ben Cahoon, who was forced from the game early in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Autry Denson picked up the slack scoring three touchdowns in the rout as the Alouettes controlled all aspects of the game.

Hamilton’s offence couldn’t get things going in this one, with Danny McManus having a sub par afternoon, the Tiger Cats only getting points when the game was far beyond reach. The normally tenacious Tiger Cat defence had a tough time of it handling Calvillo and his various weapons, as the Alouette quarterback kept things moving along nicely for most of the game, before surrendering the ball to back up Ted White who was given a good portion of the fourth quarter to work on his game.

Ti cat Head Coach Greg Marshall admitted that his team did not look good today, realizing that a team in a rebuilding mode is going to have problems handling a squad of the caliber of Montreal. He now turns his attention to preparations for Saskatchewan next Sunday at Ivor Wynne. For the Als it’s a week off to rest up the few injuries they have, keep sharp with repetitions in practice and then prepare for the trip Winnipeg to take on the Blue Bombers on Sept 25th.

The Als have won 11 of their first 12 this year which is a team record, they recorded their 52nd straight sell out at Molson Stadium and are now only three wins away from clinching first place overall in the Eastern Division. And the Als have their eyes on going 17 and 1 this year as the goal to motivate them for the rest of the season. Judging by the way they’ve been playing of late, a wise person would not put any money against them achieving that milestone either.

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