Als' D a puzzler

Montreal Alouettes' Kelly Malveaux evades Andre Talbot of the Argonauts after making an...

Montreal Alouettes' Kelly Malveaux evades Andre Talbot of the Argonauts after making an interception late in the fourth quarter yesterday. Toronto had six turnovers in a 33-17 loss. (Toronto Sun/Fred Thornhill)

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

The Montreal Alouettes defence turned Damon Allen into a rookie quarterback by turning back the clock.

In a dramatic turn of events, the Als reverted to their basic defence when yesterday's second half resumed and had a field day against Allen and the Argos' beleaguered offence in Montreal's 33-17 win in the East final.

When the teams met last month to determine first place and home field in the East, the Als were torched by Allen.

Yesterday, it was the Als defence's time to shine.

"We stuck to our guns and we confused D.A.," linebacker Timothy Strickland said.

"We showed one defence and mixed it up. We pulled out our old Montreal defence and pulled a few tricks out of the bag."

The old, familiar Als defence is an attacking style that wants to confuse quarterbacks by lining up seven on the line of scrimmage and dropping five into coverage.

"We got our swagger back," Als defensive end Anwar Stewart said. "We went with our old defence and we totally confused Damon, who is one of the smartest quarterbacks I've ever played against."

Stewart nearly did not play yesterday.

A younger brother needed hospitalization but Stewart was comforted when informed his brother had been discharged.

"My brother is fine and I felt good playing," Stewart said.

"This team has gone through a lot this year and winning like we did brings us even closer."

The Als refused to quit after trailing 14-0.

Kicker Damon Duval was on his game, and once the Als offence began to move the ball and the defence began to force turnovers, Montreal took control and is now heading to its third Grey Cup appearance in four years.


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