Calvillo's the king

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

At the halfway mark of the regular season, Dave Dickenson was the most outstanding player in the CFL -- but not any longer.

Anthony Calvillo now holds that title and deserves the award at the end of the season. Period.

His game-winning drive yesterday against the B.C. Lions was nothing short of sensational.

Seven plays covering 75 yards in 41.6 seconds with a TD throw to end it, giving Montreal a 46-44 win over B.C.

It just adds to his remarkable resume.

Montreal has now won four in a row, with Calvillo approaching 6,000 yards on the year.

Thanks to yesterday's masterpiece -- 440 yards and 4 TDs -- he needs to average 339 yards per game in the last three weeks to become the first QB to ever throw for 6,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

If he continues to hold a hot hand, Calvillo could pass Ricky Ray for most yards this season and could have the most touchdowns.

Calvillo is a lock to win the East Division most outstanding player nominee, throwing for almost 1,000 yards more than Toronto Argos quarterback Damon Allen.

Dickenson, Ray and Corey Holmes will fight for the West title.

Dickenson's stats don't compare with his injury and Ray has thrown several more interceptions than Calvillo.

SHORT YARDAGE ...

The league doesn't have a MVP trophy for the regular season, just a most outstanding trophy. But if both awards existed, Calvillo wins both. Where would Montreal be without Calvillo? Naming the backup QB in Montreal is a tough trivia question for most CFL fans. The answer is Ted White -- but Montreal fans are hoping they never see him controlling the offence. He entered this year with just 22 pass completions in two years ... After an incredible performance on Thanksgiving Day -- with four TD catches -- Winnipeg's Milt Stegall entered the weekend 10 touchdowns shy of eclipsing the all-time CFL regular-season record held by George Reed and Mike Pringle ... If you are keeping track at home, the score in the Hamilton-Edmonton trade after two games: two Edmonton wins vs. two Hamilton losses; 208 rushing yards for Troy Davis vs. one catch for two yards by Brock Ralph; one huge impact by Dan Comiskey vs. a backup role for Tay Cody.

LATE HITS ...

If Montreal kicker Damon Duval stays on his current pace, he will become the first rookie to the lead the CFL in scoring since George Fleming in Winnipeg in 1963 ... Hamilton is winless on the road this year and will likely keep the doughnut on the board for the entire year. The Ticats play their final away game of the season in Toronto ... Some things don't make any sense on the Roughriders bench. Chris Szarka rumbles for 60 yards on seven carries in the second half versus Montreal then doesn't get the ball once on Saturday against Edmonton. Kenton Keith was mostly ineffective in the game, but Szarka still didn't touch the rock ... The Riders are gaining quite a reputation around the league for alleged injury timeouts. After many special teams and defensive touchdowns, Matt O'Meara or Rob Lazeo drop to the ground, giving the defensive unit further time to rest before hitting the field. In reality, it is smart coaching.

HITS & MISSES

HIT

Anthony Calvillo had an amazing drive to win yesterday's game against B.C., plus 440 yards and four TDs.

MISS

Marcus Brady had seven completions for 74 yards last Friday. Is his time up in Hamilton?

HIT

B.C. Lion Casey Printers had four TD passes, one rushing TD and nearly 100 yards rushing in yesterday's loss.

NUMBERS GAME

4 -- Number of consecutive losses by the Lions after winning 11 straight.

5 -- Number of consecutive field goals for Sean Fleming.

6 -- Number of consecutive regular-season losses by the Riders in Edmonton since 2000.

223 -- Number of penalty yards by the Lions last Monday, a franchise record.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"A game like this really brings a team together"

-- Montreal Alouettes coach Don Matthews after beating B.C. yesterday

"This is the only stadium in North America you can't get into the day before a game"

-- Roughriders GM Roy Shivers on Commonwealth Stadium

"The guys fought in a game where most teams would quit "

-- Edmonton's Ed Hervey on his team's effort Saturday

GAME OF THE WEEK

STAMPS VS. RIDERS

CALGARY AT SASKATCHEWAN, SUNDAY, 2 P.M., TSN

With all the playoff possibilities in the West Division, this game is huge for both teams and the resting Edmonton Eskimos. A Roughriders loss means no playoff game in Regina and likely a trip to the East Division in the first round of the post-season.


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