Canadian Football League

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Als second in Canadian Football League East

Brothers Robert and Terrence Edwards scored fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Montreal Alouettes tightened the race in the CFL East Division with a 41-18 victory over the Ottawa Renegades on Friday night.
The result — in what Ottawa coach Joe Paopao this week called the most important game in his team's four-year history — left both clubs with 5-5 records, tied for second place behind the 6-3 Toronto Argonauts.
It also evened the season series between the teams at 1-1, with the rubber match set for Oct. 28 in Ottawa.
Before the Alouettes' 60th straight sellout crowd of 20,202, Robert Edwards scored on a 17-yard run early in the fourth quarter and Kerry Watkins caught a 33-yard TD pass from Anthony Calvillo to put Montreal up by 23 points at 33-10.

In their previous meeting July 1 in Ottawa, the Alouettes wasted a 23-point lead in the final quarter and lost in overtime, but this time, the defence held up.
Josh Ranek scored on a nine-yard run for Ottawa with 1:07 remaining and Pat Woodcock made the catch for a two-point convert.
But the ensuing short kickoff backfired as Terrence Edwards ran it back 49 yards for a TD — marking the first time in Alouettes history two brothers scored TDs in the same game. Damon Duval then added a single on an 80-yard kickoff.
Safety Richard Karikari scored on an interception return and Duval kicked four field goals for the Alouettes, who ended a two-game losing streak. Robert Edwards had more than 100 yards rushing for the fourth time this season.
Armstead had a TD catch and Mark Irvin kicked a field goal for the Renegades.
Montreal played without kick returner Ezra Landry, a New Orleans native attending to family matters in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, while the Renegades were missing punter Pat Fleming and placekicker Matt Kellett to injuries.
Rookie Irvin handled both jobs, struggling with punts but hitting a 42-yard field goal.
There was little offence in a first half marked by dropped passes. Duval put Montreal ahead 12-0 on four straight field goals, the last coming 40 seconds before halftime.
But on Ottawa's ensuing drive, Josh Ranek carried to the 54-yard line and Kerry Joseph hit Armstead with a pass over the middle. Curry and Karikari both missed tackles as Armstead breezed into the end zone with 16 seconds to play.
A Terry Vaughn catch gave Montreal a chance for a field goal with less than one second remaining, but Duval missed wide and Armstead ran it out of the end zone.
In the second quarter, Joseph and Calvillo were a combined 9-for-26 in pass attempts.
Karikari atoned 9:26 into the third quarter when he picked off a Joseph pass and ran it back 81 yards for a touchdown.


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