October 15, 2012
Calvillo gets it done against Argos
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
TORONTO - There have been few occasions in his long and successful CFL career when Anthony Calvillo has needed to go to his Montreal Alouettes teammates for a bailout.
But he did on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre in a pivotal game against the Argonauts, and they gave Calvillo what he needed in a 24-12 Alouettes victory.
“I felt I did not do enough today and we won,” the 40-year-old quarterback said. “And that is exciting, when you can win a game when you come off the field knowing you did not play your best, knowing our offence did not play its best.”
Calvillo passed for just 255 yards, the fewest he has amassed in an Alouettes victory this season.
Nothing was solidified for the visitors until linebacker Shea Emry picked off Argos quarterback Jarious Jackson with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and ran it back 46 yards for a touchdown, the first time this season the Als defence has scored a major off a pick.
But Calvillo did what great quarterbacks do when they are not given much. All game, the Argos double-teamed star Als receiver Jamel Richardson, but the crafty Calvillo managed to find him for a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter, the longest pass Calvillo has completed this season. Shoddy coverage and tackling by the Argos helped, but the fact is, it’s the kind of pass that Calvillo has been making in his sleep for years.
Argos defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones threw lots of different looks at Calvillo, and it kept the veteran on his toes.
“It was a dogfight out there,” Calvillo said. “It was difficult for me to get my reads and try to get to the right guy. I’m just sitting here and absorbing this ... I’m tired.
“Chris Jones has some crazy defences. I can’t force the ball into double coverage. It was a struggle out there offensively.”
Emry’s touchdown ensured the Argos would lose for the fourth time in five games since they swept Hamilton in September.
“You have to do all the work to get to that right place,” Emry said. “It was not easy. That ball was in the air forever.
“I knew they like throwing the curl to the field when they have a guy in the flat. Just making sure you are not biting on those underneath routes, and staying back is what is important. They threw the ball to me and I made a play.”