Canadian Football League

Monday, September 26, 2005

Bombers Canadian Football League playoff hopes all but done

Led by running back Roberts Edwards and receiver Kerry Watkins, the Montreal Alouettes piled up 613 yards in a 42-23 victory yesterday over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who passed for 430 yards and ran for a TD, said having injured or missing players back is making a difference.
"Going into the second half of the season it'll be nice having every one of our starters playing because that's what we're capable of doing — putting up a lot of points and scoring touchdowns," he said.
Edwards scored two TDs while Watkins and Ben Cahoon also scored in the second half, when Montreal pulled away from the Bombers after a mistake-filled opening 30 minutes.
Cahoon was in his second game back from elbow and wrist injuries, while receiver Thyron Anderson has now played three games since returning from an NFL tryout. With all his weapons, Calvillo struck consistently for big plays, especially Watkins, who caught seven passes for 164 yards.
"Our biggest problem was that Calvillo was really good," said Bombers coach Jim Daley. "But we had the ball inside their 35 seven times and I think we came away with two or three field goals.
"Against a team like Montreal, on the road, you have to get touchdowns and we failed to do that. We turned the ball over twice inside the 20 and only got field goals inside the 35."
Montreal evened its record at 6-6. Milt Stegall caught a TD pass and cornerback Omar Evans scored on an interception, while Troy Westwood had three field goals for the Blue Bombers (4-10).
Montreal's 61st straight sellout crowd of 20,202 saw the running backs, Edwards and Winnipeg's Charles Roberts, used liberally on a wet day.
Edwards gained 121 yards, while Roberts, the CFL rushing leader, had 150 on 22 ca


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