August 18, 2012
Alouettes' Anderson an adequate replacement
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Victor Anderson had four yards on four career carries this season heading into Friday's game against the Edmonton Eskimos.
But it only took one play for the Montreal Alouettes running back to double that total, getting the start for the injured Brandon Whitaker.
Anderson filled in admirably for the CFL's seventh-leading rusher, earning 55 rushing yards in the first half alone as the Alouettes jumped out to a 28-8 halftime lead. He was also at the end of a 21-yard touchdown pass.
A product of the University of Louisville, Anderson is in his first season with the Alouettes.
He'd been used sparingly this season prior to Friday's game against the Eskimos, getting just four carries, although one was for a touchdown.
AC of old
The guy might be pushing 40, but Anthony Calvillo demonstrated Friday he still has plenty of game.
Calvillo picked the Eskimos secondary apart, particularly in the first half when the veteran put up 216 yards passing with three touchdown tosses.
He added another in the third quarter.
The Eskimos didn't help their cause much by rushing Calvillo with three men for most of the first half, giving the league's leading all-time passer plenty of time to find his receivers.
On one of the rare occasion the Eskimos front three did pressure Calvillo, the veteran showed he still has the footwork to get out of trouble, shaking the rush and finding receiver Brandon London on a 26 yard gain in the second quarter.
Cory Boyd's debut with the Eskimos didn't get off to a great start.
The league's leading rusher, who was cut by the Toronto Argonauts last week, then picked up by the Eskimos a day later, ran into a mass of Alouette defensive lineman on his first carry Friday, losing three yards.
Boyd, who only had one real practice with the Eskimos, started the game as a backup to Hugh Charles. His second carry was a little better, earning five, giving him a net gain of two yards in the first half.
Boyd went into the game having eared 447 yards on 82 carries this season with the Alouettes before being given his walking papers.
It didn't take long for the Alouettes to show they meant business Friday.
The Alouettes took their opening possession of the game 66 yards for a touchdown.
Calvillo capped the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Lavoie. It was the first time this season the Eskimos had given up a touchdown on the opening drive of the game.
Calvillo didn't stop there. He took the Alouettes third possession 32 yards on two plays, capped by a 30-yard touchdown pass over top to Brian Bratton.
The Eskimos had given the Alouettes great field position by messing up a punt.
Calvillo added a third touchdown pass on the Alouettes next drive hitting Anderson with a 20-yard pass.
Steven Jyles didn't exactly endear himself to the 32,760 who showed up at Commonwealth with a tough outing on Friday.
However, the Eskimos quarterback could have used a little help from his receivers.
Greg Carr had a pass bounce right off his chest in the second quarter, which killed a drive.
In the third, Fred Stamps had a ball sailed through his hands.
In Stamps defence, he did get popped going up for a ball over the middle in the first quarter and would have been obliterated by Alouettes defensive back Michael Carter had he made the catch in the third.
The footsteps could be heard from the pressbox.
It was military appreciation night Friday with the Eskimos paying tribute to the Canadian military.
The night began with a pair of military fighter jets making a couple of flybys over the stadium.
There was no word on whether Canadian minister of national defence Peter MacKay was on board one of the jets catching a lift.