Clemons: Als due to lose

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

Pinball Clemons thinks the Argos are due for a victory against Montreal in the East Division final, but there's something to be said about beating the Alouettes at home.

The Argos haven't defeated Montreal at Percival Molson Stadium or Olympic Stadium since Nov. 5, 2000. The coach was Clemons, who took over the duties that year from John Huard after eight games.

Since then, Montreal has been like Death Valley for the Argos, who have lost seven in a row, including the past two division finals and once this year in the regular season.

"We're due. Period. You could say overdue," Clemons said yesterday. "There's not as great a difference as the records would indicate between these two teams. It's time we started to level the playing field."

Clemons, incidentally, had an interesting response when longtime friend and former teammate Duane Forde, now an analyst for The Score and Sportsnet, asked if the Argos have a message to send to the Als after losing 58-20 in the season finale for both teams. The Argos didn't employ many of their starters to rest up for the playoffs.

"Now we can go out and play what is our best game to date," Clemons said. "Playoffs is a time for those special performances to occur, the one we will see on the TSN Classic in years to come."

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Rookie cornerback Jordan Younger, the least-experienced member in the Argos secondary, is as buoyant as his veteran teammates in the back end.

"Everything kind of falls on the group as a collective rather than on my shoulders," he said. "I don't feel any extra pressure because we come in here and do everything together. I'll probably be lining up against (Thyron) Anderson if they stay true to form.

"Every game I come out expecting to be tested. I think I've played pretty well and showed I can handle a lot of the receivers in the league."


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