Broken play proves to be Als' last

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Avon delivered a huge run and it appeared once again the Calgary Stampeders defence was going to be roadkill.

The Montreal Alouettes had a seven-point lead when Avon Cobourne took an innocent screen pass from Anthony Calvillo and ripped off a 60-yard gain.

Right then and there, the Stampeders defence decided it was time to step up during a 23-19 win last night at Molson Stadium.

Cornerback Brandon Browner caught Cobourne to stop him from scoring on that play, then shut the door for two incomplete passes to hold the Alouettes to a field goal.

From that point on, the Alouettes only scored two punt singles. After getting torched for 448 yards by Ricky Ray a week ago, it was a satisfying performance.

"That was the turning point because we stopped them right there," said defensive end Mike Labinjo. "They could have put us away and we held them to three points. Being down at that point, we needed that.

"Holding them to two points in the entire second half, with such a high powered offence they have, it was huge."

After allowing Calvillo to throw for 274 yards in the first half, the Stamps were able to regroup and get more pressure up front from the likes of Labinjo, Howard Hodges, Miguel Robede, Eddie Freeman and Charleston Hughes.

Hodges and Robede had second-half sacks of Calvillo, while Freeman and Hughes teamed up to crush him after he threw a pass.

Calvillo dislocated the pinky finger on his left hand during that play and was never able to get it going from then on.

"When this defence gets on the same page, we're pretty much unstoppable," Labinjo said. "When we make little mistakes, that's when offences take advantage.

"That second half, we told ourselves we needed to step up and shut Montreal down."

The Alouettes had just 70 net yards in the second half and never threatened to score.

Robede was playing in his first game in Montreal after a stellar college career at Laval. He was all smiles taking photos with fellow Montreal native Randy Chevrier on the field after the game.

"A sack is always good, and that's what I wanted," Robede said. "I made some mistakes. I really wanted that second sack. I'm happy with I've done in this game.

"At the start, I was probably too excited and I missed a couple of timing assignments. It turned out to be a great game. We had some pressure with three guys, and coach (Chris) Jones seemed happy about that."


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