Als' Brown gets last laugh

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

Jerald Brown was getting tired of chasing Fred Stamps all over the field.

The Montreal Alouettes defensive back had his hands full with the Edmonton Eskimos’ speedy receiver Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium.

But despite the fact Stamps had a huge game, it was Brown who got the last laugh, stepping in front of a Ricky Ray pass and taking it back for the go-ahead score in a 33-23 Alouettes victory.

“At that point and time in the game, I had to make a play,” Brown said.

“I told the guys on the sideline that we had to make a play because they had been going at us all game. But the more passes they threw, the more opportunities we had to make a play.

“That was an opportunity for me to make a play and I made it.”

Up to that point, Brown and the rest of the Alouettes defensive secondary were having a rough day. Ray finished the game with 340 yards passing, while Stamps caught six passes for 119-yards with a touchdown.

“It was a fight,” said Brown. “This was a tough one, always playing against Edmonton and these receivers, it’s going to be a track meet out here. It wasn’t pretty, but sometimes you have to win ugly, too.”

Brown had spent most of the game behind Stamps as the Eskimos receiver found himself in acres of space in the Alouettes secondary through the first three quarters.

Stamps beat Brown on a post-corner route in the first quarter to give the Eskimos the lead on a 43-yard touchdown reception.

He then got behind Brown again in the third quarter, but dropped the ball with no one between him and the end zone.

Brown also ended up taking three pass interference penalties.

“It’s always like that when we play the Eskimos, he’s going to come at me, I’m going to go at him,” Brown said. “He’s a good professional, he led the league in receiving yardage last year and he came out to play. They all came out to play.”

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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