Lions claim first place, again

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

B.C. Lions were thankful for a different kind of bird yesterday.

The Montreal Alouettes' 35-8 home win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders meant the Lions clinched first place in the West. B.C. will host the West championship on Nov. 12.

Anthony Calvillo connected with Ben Cahoon for a pair of touchdowns as Montreal general manager Jim Popp got his first coaching win less than a week after Don Matthews' surprise health-related resignation.

Lions improved to 11-4 Friday when they carved up the Calgary Stampeders 39-13.

"The season's just getting fun now," Lions' head coach Wally Buono said after the win. "I can't wait to get in the office in the morning."

Leos meet the 9-7 Stamps again Sunday in Calgary before finishing the regular season at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.


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