Als QB joins exclusive company

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

The latest member of the 6,000-yard club is more concerned with team goals than personal goals.

Anthony Calvillo became only the fourth quarterback in Canadian Football League history last night to pass for 6,000 yards in the Montreal Alouettes' 58-20 victory over the Argos.

Calvillo needed 313 to reach the plateau and passed for 354 before exiting in the fourth quarter.

"It wasn't a major goal of mine to reach 6,000," Calvillo said. "I know (head coach Don Matthews) had predicted that (before the start of the season). It wasn't that important to me. The most important thing was to make sure we were playing well going into the playoffs at this point in the year."

The Als overcame a three-game losing streak to conclude the regular season with two emphatic wins. They will play host in the Eastern final on Nov. 14 to the winner of next Friday's Eastern semi-final between the Argos and Hamilton at the SkyDome.

"It's great to set records and do a lot of things, but we still have some unfinished business and that's to win the Grey Cup," Calvillo added. "We've still got a few more games ahead of us."

If the Als end up playing the Argos in the Eastern final, Calvillo said last night's game will basically be meaningless from a schematic point of view.

"It's not even close to what they're going to be showing," he said. "It wouldn't even be worth us watching this game to prepare if we see them again because it's nothing what they do. We realize that and we know the guys they weren't playing were some big-time players. You look at what they did over the 17 games. They stopped a lot of people, so we know this is not their team."

Not that Calvillo was disappointed.

"We put up 58 points, we're excited about that," he said.

Calvillo said he will welcome the rest the team will enjoy before beginning preparations for the final.

"My body is going to enjoy a whole week off," he said. "As you get older you start to appreciate (that). We had a short week and my legs and my back were really tight coming into the game. For the veterans and I'm sure for these young guys they'll realize how important it is to get that bye week because all you have to do is win one game to get to the Grey Cup."


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