Old Calvillo returns

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

If this guy lost his confidence somewhere in the last six games, he certainly found it again in Winnipeg.

Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo had borne the brunt of the blame for a six-game losing skid but deserves the hero's role this time out.

Calvillo, who calls his own plays, was simply brilliant as he engineered a series of ball-control drives that usually led to field goals.

Calvillo completed 21 of 30 passes for 272 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions as Montreal beat the Bombers 23-20 in a CFL match before 28,028 disappointed fans at Canad Inns Stadium last night.

BOUNCES BACK

"A.C.'s a guy who's gonna bounce back," said Bomber linebacker Barrin Simpson. "He's not a guy who's gonna doubt himself.

"We knew that he would come out and be the leader that he has always been. We just needed to step up and make plays. A.C. and his crew made more plays than we did."

Then again, it seemed rather easy since his receivers were wide-open on just about every passing play. And this is a Bomber defence that went into the game second in pass defence in the CFL.

"A couple of times, we had a few coverage busts and they just out-gameplanned us on a couple of plays," said Bomber defensive back Robert Bean. "We've just got to watch film and make some adjustments ... We just have to make sure everyone's in the right place for a chance to make plays."

Calvillo moved past Ron Lancaster (3,381) into second place on the CFL's career completion list.

And when Calvillo wasn't passing, running back Robert Edwards was bulling his way through the once-impenetrable Winnipeg front seven for 109 yards on 21 carries.

If this were a tail of two quarterbacks, you could say Winnipeg's Kevin Glenn lost. Not only did he miss some receivers badly, Glenn was picked off twice in a match that demanded ball control and was sometimes booed in the second half.

"We made too many mistakes," said Glenn, who completed 17 of 30 passes for only 166 yards and one 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Derick Armstrong.

"We let them take that one because we made too many mistakes.

"We just can't keep going back and forth. We need to sustain wins and keep them going and get consecutive wins in a row. That's how you measure a great team."

Glenn was also plagued by drops by receiver Andrae Thurman and fullback Scott Regimbald.

And Bomber tailback Charles Roberts was held to 69 yards rushing.

The Bomber receivers had company in the secondary as both Bean and Omar Evans dropped what should have been interceptions, with Bean's drop coming in the end zone.

"That's a play I should have had," Bean said. "We both went for the ball at the same time and it just came out."

Bombers blew a chance to grab a piece of top spot in the East with the loss.

"We need to take a step forward when it counts, and every game counts as we get closer to the playoffs," said safety Kyries Hebert. "We need to be winning games and keeping ourselves in it."

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GAME NOTES

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo looked like the Calvillo of old as he completed 21 of 30 passes for 272 yards, and that despite some drops by his receivers. More importantly for the Alouettes is that he moved the ball smartly down the field for one touchdown and all of those Damon Duval field goals.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Winnipeg defensive end Tom Canada recorded two quarterback sacks, one defensive tackle and was often in the face of Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

TOP SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER

Montreal kicker Damon Duval made four of five field goals, added a single on a missed attempt and booted a 70-yard single.

SMACK OF THE GAME

Bomber defensive back Kelly Malveaux simply stuck Montreal receiver Chris Davis, dropping him to the ground and stopping him for a negligible gain.

KEY PLAY

With the Bombers desperate to get the ball back in the last minute of play, Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo completed a 20-yard pass to receiver Ben Cahoon, beating Winnipeg cornerback Omar Evans, to keep the drive alive. Winnipeg never got the ball back.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn was under pressure and slipped as he threw the ball, but wide receiver Derick Armstrong made a superb catch for a 34-yard gain that set up a third-quarter field goal.


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