Montreal Alouettes vs. Hamilton Tiger Cats @ Percival Molson Stadium – October 18, 2015

montral alouettes vs hamilton tiger cats2On a cool, sometimes snowy (I know!) afternoon in Montreal what has been the case for the Alouettes proved to be true once again.  Throughout the 2015 CFL season the team has struggled offensive like I have never seen before.  You know a team is having trouble when they go through 7 starters at the quarterback position.  All throughout the season they have struggled to put points on the board.  This despite the fact that they have one of the better kickers in the league and a defensive unite that is near the top.  The defense has kept them in the games often.  As a 5-9 team, the only reason they had any hope of making the playoffs was the fact that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and B.C. Lions are horrible as well.

 

Desperate for something from the quarterback position after Rakeem Cato suffered a concussion in last week’s game against Toronto, GM (and head coach) Jim Popp made a deal for veteran Kevin Glenn.  He swapped a 5th round pick to Saskatchewan for the guy who has now been a part of every CFL team except the Edmonton Eskimos.  It is his 15th year in the league and oddly enough his last start for the Roughriders was against the Hamilton Tiger Cats.  Despite the fact that Glenn only had two days of practice with his new team the expectations were high that he would find his groove quickly.  That wasn’t the case.

 

The first offensive series, the Als started with the ball, began well with Glenn connecting on his first pass attempt with S.J. Green.  Glenn, who was wearing the number 5, is not the most mobile quarterback, but has gained a reputation as someone who gets rid of the ball quickly.  The drive stalled there though there seemed to be some reason for hope at this point.

 

montreal alouettes vs hamilton tiget catsThroughout the 1st half the Als’ offense wasted great field position supplied to them by the defense, a strong Boris Bede kick or a good return by Stefan Logan, who had another good day.  The visitors, led by Jeff Mathews who was only making his third start, kept accumulating points despite the fact that they did not enjoy such good starting field position.  Either the offense wasn’t clicking, the offensive line was being dominated by the Hamilton defensive line so the running game could not get going, receivers were dropping balls, or Glenn was throwing an interception.  Glenn was guilty of throwing two interceptions in the 1st half which were the 25th and 25th of the season by a Montreal quarterback which is worst in the CFL.  His timing was definitely off with his receivers on many occasions throughout the game.

 

As opposed to Glenn’s struggles the rookie Mathews was doing a fine job and looking rather composed.  He was helped by the fact that Montreal’s defensive line did not manage to get much pressure on him for most of the 1st half.  When they finally did Winston Veneble forced a fumble which was recovered by John Bowman.  He rumbled the ball into the Hamilton end of the field.  Alas, once again Montreal did not take advantage.

 

Hamilton went into the locker room at half time with a 13-2 lead.  Montreal’s only points came via a conceded safety.  There was nothing really in the 1st half that could even buoy the spirits of Als’ supporters into thinking they could come back.  That plus the fact that over the course of the season they are the team that has scored the fewest points in the 3rd quarter made everything more dreary than the sky over Montreal.

 

montreal alouettes vs hamilton tiger catsTrue to form Hamilton widened their lead in the 3rd over Montreal.  Montreal was only able to earn 3 points via a Bede field goal.  It was a scintillating (sarcasm) 19-5 at the end of the 3rd.  the 4th was not any better.  Glenn threw his 3rd interception and the offense was dead.  That is until that last few minutes when Hamilton basically went into a prevent defense.  Glenn connected with receiver Fred Stamps with 0:01 left in the game for a touchdown.  They tried for a 2-point conversion, but were unsuccessful making the final score Hamilton 23 and Montreal 11.

 

With the victory Hamilton brought their record to the mirror opposite of Montreal’s at 10-5.  They moved into 1st place in the East and guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs.  For Montreal it was their 4th loss in a row, which is their longest losing streak of the year.

 

Up until this game Hamilton had lost its last 18 games in Montreal against the Alouettes.  The streak was bound to end sooner or later, but this was an important game for the home side.  Time is ticking away on them moving ahead of the two weak sides in the West to be eligible to crossover to make the playoffs.  Next up for Montreal are the Argonauts on Friday in Toronto….actually Hamilton because of the Blue Jays being in the MLB playoffs.

 

Game Stats:

1          2          3          4          –           F

Hamilton         3          10        6          4                      23

Montreal         0          2          3          6                      11

 

Passing:

Hamilton

Name           Comp      Att       Yards   TD        Int

MATHEWS, J   21        25        241      1          0

Montreal

Name          Comp       Att       Yards   TD        Int

GLENN, K         26        44        226      1          3

 

 

Rushing

Hamilton

Name             No         Yards   Lg        TD

FORD, M         6          45        25        0

WOODSON, A 12        38        17        0

MATHEWS, J   5          15        6          0

SINKFIELD T     1          11        11        0

BANKS, B         1          4          4          0

Montreal

Name              No        Yards   Lg        TD

SUTTON, T       10        50        12        0

GLENN, K         2          4          3          0

LOGAN, S         1          2          2          0

GIGUERE, S      1          -3         0          0

 

 

Receiving

Hamilton

Name            No          Yards   Lg        TD

TASKER, L        8          107      43        0

SINKFIELD, T    8          90        33        1

WOODSON, A 1          20        20        0

FANTUZ, A       2          16        10        0

FORD, M         2          8          5          0

Montreal

Name             No         Yards   Lg        TD

SUTTON, T       6          79        22        0

LEWIS, N          8          60        14        0

STAMPS, F       3          34        16        1

GREEN, S         3          23        10        0

GIGUERE, S      4          17        8          0

CUNNINGHAM, B        1          10        10        0

LOGAN, S         1          3          3          0

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