The Montreal Alouettes roared out of the gates and held on for a comfortable 38-25 win over the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium in week eight CFL action.
Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw one of his four touchdown passes on his club's opening drive and it was 28-0 before the Eskimos (4-3) even got on the board with a single and a Kerry Joseph touchdown late in the first half. The win moves Montreal into first overall in the CFL's East Division.
Eskimos defensive back Joe Burnett says they got behind early and never recovered.
"Montreal is great offensive team, they played a real good game, came out fast on us," said Burnett. "I think we were a little bit on our heels and never could get out of the muck on them"
Calvillo finished with 327 passing yards for the Alouettes (4-3), which marked a sixth straight 300 yard game for the wily veteran. He says the credit for that goes to his teammates.
"The guys are doing a great job of protecting up front," said Calvillo. "I'm not getting banged up, I'm not having to force the ball, we're balanced. We're rushing the ball 25 times a game as well. It's good when you can do stuff like that and not have to drop back and throw the ball the whole time."
Eskimos pivot Steven Jyles went 15-of-28 for 173 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury. He says his team knew exactly what to expect from the visitors, but it didn't seem to help.
"We knew Montreal was a good football team," said Jyles. "We knew coming into the ball game we had to play our 'A' game to beat these guys. Today they brought their lunch bucket. We have to go and see the things they did to us that gave us problems, and make corrections."
Patrick Lavoie, Brian Bratton, Victor Anderson and SJ Green hauled in touchdown passes, while Adrian McPherson ran one in for Montreal. Kerry Joseph, Greg Carr and Clint Kent scored the touchdowns for the Green & Gold in the losing cause.
Cory Boyd made his Eskimos debut on Friday after being released from the Toronto Argonauts this week. He had two carries for two yards and one catch for seven yards.
The Eskimos are in Toronto to face Boyd's former club next week - catch all the action live on 630 CHED. (jk)
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