November 14, 2012
Home crowd an 'advantage' in East final, says Als QB Calvillo
By QMI Agency
MONTREAL - Ageless Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo plays in his 11th CFL Eastern Final Sunday and he says there's no place like home.
The 40-year-old pivot will continue the chase for another Grey Cup, this time before 50,000 people at Olympic Stadium as the Als take on the Toronto Argonauts.
The Als beat the Argos the last time the rivals met in a playoff game at Olympic Stadium, in 2010, and Montreal has won five of the last six division final matchups dating back to 2002.
They're 8-1 in nine East final games at the Big O.
Calvillo says the noise that reverberates through the enclosed stadium is music to his ears.
"It's really benefited our football club," he said of the home crowd. "We've been able to make adjustments, call different plays on the line of scrimmage but when the defence is out there, they're just loud. Way louder here than they are at (Molson Stadium) on a consistent basis. So to me it's an advantage."
Calvillo is coming off a great season, his best in five years, according to head coach Marc Trestman. He earned his 10th East Division all-star award this season after placing second in the league in total yards (5,082) and touchdowns (31).
The coach also had praise for Argos quarterback Ricky Ray, whose offence set a CFL-record 31 points in the second quarter of a 42-26 win over Edmonton in the Eastern Semifinal last weekend. Ray has led his squad to three straight wins and Trestman expects a barnburner on Sunday.
"You've got two healthy quarterbacks playing a game with two very good teams around them," he said.