Als plan to swarm Boyd

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:55 PM ET

MONTREAL — The Alouettes plan to gang up on Cory Boyd on Thursday night.

The Argos running back leads the CFL in rushing, and though Montreal is best at stopping the run, it knows it could be in for a long night.

“One player is not going to take this man down,” Als defensive end John Bowman said. “We have to gang-tackle him. We have to run to the ball.”

If the Alouettes can stop Boyd, or at least contain him to an extent, their chances of winning rise dramatically. Argos quarterback Cleo Lemon might not have enough juice to solve the Als’ tough defence.

“(Boyd) has proven to be one of the forces in the league right now,” Montreal head coach Marc Trestman said. “Everything we do has to start with stopping him. The first thing you have to do is make the quarterback one-dimensional, and that is not going to stop.”

Overall, the Alouettes are impressed with the Argos’ 3-1 start. It has been a long time since these teams had a meaningful game against each other. In their most recent visit to Montreal, the Argos lost 25-0 last August.

“Defensively, they are doing some great things,” quarterback Anthony Calvillo said. “They are finding ways to win, and that is always the sign of a growing team. It’s not the same team they have had in the past. They have a lot of great coaches who are getting them ready.”

Stopping Calvillo from getting into a groove will be paramount for the Argos defence.

“He is like Damon Allen,” Argos cornerback Byron Parker said. “It is hard to fool him. These are guys who have seen everything. You have to be patient, because you know he is not going to make mistakes. If he throws one bad ball a game, then that is the ball we have to get. He is a challenge for every defensive back across the league.”


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