'Sweet' night for Als

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Jarrett Payton may not have the moves of 'Sweetness,' so the running back just ran over the Calgary Stampeders last night.

The son of NFL great Walter (Sweetness) Payton tallied 141 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 30-18 Montreal Alouettes' win at Molson Stadium.

It was a game that also showed why Anthony Calvillo and Ben Cahoon are future Hall of Famers.

The only downside to Payton's night were two fumbles, both of which the Stamps converted into TDs to give themselves a chance at a comeback.

It was a one-touchdown game late in the second quarter when Payton ripped off a 35-yard rumble to set up the first score of his CFL career. It was also his first 100-yard game in the CFL, and it came with his mother in attendance after flying in from Chicago.

"We didn't execute the plays that were called," said Stamps linebacker Cornelius Anthony, who finished with six tackles and two sacks. "Our defence is designed to stop the run, and we didn't cover gaps.

"They did a good job of exploiting that. It was on our defence, and we just didn't stop them."

The Stamps fall to 3-4 on the season with the loss, while the Alouettes move into a temporary first-place lead in the East Division with a 4-3 record.

It looked as if Payton's performance was going to be negated by the two fumbles. Both times, Stamps defensive back Brandon Browner was the one who caused the damage by stripping it.

The first time Payton fumbled, it was straight into the arms of Trey Young, who ran for an easy touchdown.

The second fumble came while the Als were charging into the Stamps' zone early in the fourth quarter, and it sparked the visiting offence.

Quarterback Henry Burris, who finished 23-of-45 passing for 322 yards but no interceptions or TDs, took charge of a comeback bid, hooking up with a wide-open Nik Lewis, who rumbled for a 46-yard gain. That led to Burris scoring on a one-yard run to cut the Als' lead to five points.

But Calvillo took control with a little more than three minutes remaining, finding Cahoon for two grabs before hitting the outstanding Canadian on a 20-yard touchdown bullet to ice it.

Calvillo was 24-of-29 passing for 308 yards with two TDs, both of which went to Cahoon, who caught nine balls for 140 yards.

"When A.C. has a good game, Cahoon has a good game," said Stamps linebacker Brian Clark, who led the Stamps with nine tackles. "All you can do is tip your hat to them because they got it done and we didn't.

"These losses are hard because we feel we're a better team than they are. We gave them too many opportunities to be better. We allowed Payton to get big runs and keep drives going."

The Stamps had a chance to cut into a 14-point deficit at the end of the first half but ran out of time before bobbling a field-goal attempt. In the second half, the Stamps also thought they scored a major, but Burris was flagged on a time-count penalty.

Still, head coach Tom Higgins thought the difference in the game was in the trenches, where the Alouettes allowed Payton to dominate.

"Somebody has to carry the ball but somebody also has to block," Higgins said. "Their offensive line took advantage of our defensive front. You need to play better than that against a good running back."


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