Als needed 'convincing' win
By JONATHAN BERNIER, QMI Agency
|Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo throws against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during their game in Montreal on September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)
MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes probably started to give the rest of the Eastern Conference hope after the defending Grey Cup champs got slapped around in the previous two games.
Anthony Calvillo said he wanted to crush that hope.
"I'm really proud of the way my teammates carried themselves (Sunday)," said the Als quarterback, who passed for over 400 yards for the second time this season. "We needed this kind of victory -- a convincing victory.
"It's funny to see that we are capable of playing football this well,. Now we have to show that we are equally capable to do it on the road."
Like their offensive colleagues, Montreal's defence performed well.
Hamilton's Avon Cobourne, who gave Montreal headaches with 102 rushing yards last Monday, was a non-factor. The former Alouette was limited to two yards on five carries.
"The difference is that we had our pillar with us," Montreal's Anwar Stewart said. "The return of (Eric Wilson) gave us confidence. "
After missing nine games, Marc-Olivier Brouillette also helped make Cobourne's day a nightmare. The Quebecer had a pair of tackles, including one that made Cobourne lose four yards.
"The fact that it happened during the first half gave me enormous confidence," said Brouillette, adding that he felt no pain in the biceps muscle that kept him out of the first half of the season.