Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argonauts

The over 20,200 (83rd straight home sellout) fans in attendance to see the Alouettes game on Sunday must have a little worried at the beginning of the game. It definitely was a slow start for what ended up being a thorough pasting of our neighbours down the 401.

At the end of the first quarter of play the score was a snooze inducing 0-0, but the Alouettes were still dominating if you can imagine it with that score. Kicker Damon Duval missed two field goals while the Argos barely even crossed midfield into Alouette territory. Once the scoring started in the second quarter it came fast and furious. Just after the five minute mark of the second quarter Montreal scored their first points off a 10-yeard touchdown pass from Anthony Calvillo to wideout Jamel Richardson. And the romp was on. By halftime the score was 17-3 (a fieldgoal by Duval and a touchdown pass to Kerry Watkins) and the result was never in doubt.

In the second half the Alouettes proceeded to pull away from the thoroughly outclassed Toronto side, especially in the fourth quarter where Calvillo ran for one touchdown, backup quarterback Adrian McPherson ran for another and the speedy kick returner Larry Taylor made a thrilling 69 yard punt return for another. Anthony Calvillo, who was named the player of the game, threw for 367 yards and no interceptions. He also became third on the all-time list for touchdowns thrown, passing Winnipeg's Matt Dunigan.

The Alouettes defense was also dominating with two sacks of Toronto quarterback Kerry Joseph, two interceptions (by Anwar Stewart and Davis Sanchez) and only allowed one touchdown late in the game. The special teams unit also caused a fumble on a punt return. It was almost too easy.

After the game you realized the distance between the Alouettes and the rest of the East Division teams. They are in first place with a record of 7-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 against Eastern teams. Without exerting much effort they had completely dominated the second place team. Their next game against a Western Division team (Calgary Stampeders) should prove to be more difficult.

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