Alouettes perfect

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Worried about potential fines from the CFL head office, nobody in the Edmonton Eskimos' dressing room yesterday would publically talk about the officiating in the East Division final.

But there is no doubt there are some frustrated members of the Green and Gold after watching the officials fail to call a single penalty against Montreal.

The Alouettes finished yesterday's East final with zero yards in penalties against.

Edmonton was flagged 10 times for 51 yards.

By no means is anybody suggesting that was the deciding factor in Montreal's 36-26 win over the Eskimos at Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but it's a sore point for the visitors.

QUICK HIT ...

Edmonton's Dario Romero has now revealed he played a handful of games in the second-half of the year with an ankle injury.

"I had two torn ligaments in my ankle," said Romero on the injury suffered in the Labour Day rematch at Commonwealth Stadium.

"I can say it is a lot better now. (But) there were about four or five games there where it was tough."

FINISH LINES ...

Fourteen-year CFL veteran Shannon Garrett didn't make any significant comments about his future after yesterday's Edmonton loss that ended the year.

If he doesn't return next spring the Esks will have to hope their off-season recruiting or free-agent dollars produces an outside linebacker who fills his large shoes.

PARTING SHOT ...

Kelly Campbell's streak is over.

The Eskimos receiver had more than 100 yards yesterday, but for the first time this year that didn't result in an Edmonton victory.

That ended the streak at six games.

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GOAT HORNS

ESKIMOS SPECIAL TEAMS COVERAGE UNIT

Giving up one return major in a playoff game is almost a killer - but giving up two is ridiculous. Taylor Inglis and Kenny Onatolu could have made tackles to prevent them, but didn't.

BIG HIT

In the football version of a suicide pass, Ricky Ray dropped the ball into triple coverage for Kamau Peterson.

Matthieu Proulx and Diamond Ferri hammered the Esks' WR, forcing an incompletion midway through the second quarter. That brought third down and an Edmonton safety.

BIG CALL

Head official Ken Lazurak rules Ricky Ray's throwing arm was coming forward when John Bowman knocked the ball loose with 1:24 left in the first quarter.

Edmonton retained possession and kicked a 45-yard field goal.

BIG NUMBER

The Eskimos finished with three rushing yards for the entire game. Running back AJ Harris only saw the field for one play in the entire second half.

SUMMARY

ALOUETTES 36, ESKIMOS 26

FIRST QUARTER

Edm -- Cooper blocked punt recovery (Prefontaine convert) 4:53

Mtl -- FG Duval 27 10:41

SECOND QUARTER

Edm -- FG Prefontaine 45 0:13

Edm -- FG Prefontaine 22 5:02

Mtl -- Safety Prefontaine concedes 8:10

Mtl -- TD Richardson 7 pass from Calvillo (Duval convert) 12:29

Mtl -- TD Taylor 62 punt return (Duval convert) 13:36

THIRD QUARTER

Mtl -- TD Cobourne 1 run (duval convert) 6:07

Mtl -- FG Duval 12 14:57

FOURTH QUARTER

Mtl -- TD Taylor 97 punt return (Duval convert) 0:45

Edm -- TD Campbell 55 pass from Ray (Prefontaine convert) 3:07

Edm -- TD Jackson 78 punt return (2-pt. convert faled) 14:10

Edmonton 7 6 0 13--26

Montreal 3 16 10 7--36

ATTENDANCE -- 38,102

Edm Mtl

First downs 12 21

Yards rushing 3 81

Yards passing 339 295

Total offence 342 376

Team losses 23 54

Net offence 319 322

Passes made-tried 26-49 20-32

Return yards 242 294

Intercepts-yards by 0-0 0-0

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0

Sacks by 3 2

Punts-average 4-49.5 5-58.8

Penalties-yards 10-51 0-0

Time of possession 27:09 32:51

Net offence is yards passing, plus yards rushing, minus team losses such as yards lost on broken plays.

INDIVIDUAL

Rushing: Edm -- Harris 3-3; Mtl -- Cobourne 16-52, Calvillo 3-29, McPherson 1-0.

Receiving: Edm -- Peterson 9-127, Campbell 5-117, Stamps 2-47, Mann 5-32, McCarty 4-14, Maurer 1-2; Mtl -- Richardson 6-91, Cahoon 5-88, Coburne 4-61, Watkins 3-34, Bratton 1-11, Carter 1-10.

Passing: Edm -- Ray 26-49 339 yards, 1 TDs, 0 ints; Mtl -- Calvilo 20-32, 295, 1, 0.

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BY THE NUMBERS

1

Edmonton's Justin Cooper scored his first CFL touchdown at 4:53 of the first quarter yesterday when he blocked Damon Duval's punt attempt. Cooper blocked the punt on Montreal's 14-yard line and finally landed on the ball in the end zone.

2

Edmonton's Tristan Jackson fumbled the ball on his first punt return yesterday, marking the second straight game in Montreal he dropped the rock on first touch.

8

Edmonton gave up three punt returns for touchdowns in eight days. Winnipeg's Jason Armstead did it in the East Division semifinal and Larry Taylor did it twice yesterday (62, 97 yards).

1

The Eskimos gave up one punt return for a touchdown in the 19 weeks of the regular season.

25

Montreal's Larry Taylor -- No. 25 - set a new CFL playoff record with two punt returns for touchdowns in a game.

1

Edmonton had one rushing yard in the first half yesterday. That's right ... one.

14

Montreal scored 14 points in 67 seconds in the second quarter to take a 19-13 lead to halftime.


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