Canadian Football League

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Als move to top of Canadian Football League East

Anthony Calvillo proved his arm is as strong as it is accurate as the Montreal Alouettes outlasted the Saskatchewan Roughriders 38-34 in a CFL game Saturday night.
Calvillo's 62-yard heave to Kerry Watkins early in the fourth quarter on second-31 put Montreal in business on the Saskatchewan 14-yard line and set up Calvillo's own game-winning four-yard touchdown run.
"I got out of the pocket, saw him (Watkins) one-on-one downfield and just threw it up," Calvillo said. "What did we have to lose? You've got to give him credit; he fought for it out there and redeemed himself after he had dropped a pass earlier in the game."
Watkins' drop of what should have been an easy 65-yard touchdown in the third quarter was just one of many turning points in a game that extended Montreal's winning streak to three games and snapped Saskatchewan's at five. Despite that miscue, Calvillo finished with 22 completions in 32 attempts for 270 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
On the other side of the ball, quarterback Marcus Crandell's 299-yard effort on 24-for-37 passing went for naught in a game that featured five lead changes and several crucial turnovers, mistakes and penalties. Saskatchewan had 10-yard penalty at one point that kept a Montreal drive alive, turning what would have been a field goal into 28-yard touchdown pass to Ben Cahoon.
"That was a difference of four points and we lost by four points," Saskatchewan head coach Danny Barrett said. "That's the whole game right there.
"The bomb to Watkins, that was a great play, sometimes you have to give them credit. He timed his jump and rode the wave on top of (LaDouphyous McCalla's) back and hung on to it. Up to then, the crowd was really into it; you could hardly hear. After that it was dead time."
McCalla was despondent over the completion.
"I'm a veteran," he said. "I'm the one that's supposed to make those plays. I'm taking the blame for this loss because I see it in the eyes of my teammates and coaches that I should have made that play. It won't happen again."
Montreal (8-6) is tied atop the East with the Toronto Argonauts (8-5), who host the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday. Saskatchewan (8-7), which had its five-game winning streak stopped, is tied for second in the West with Edmonton (8-6).
Montreal led 14-0 and 21-14 after the first two quarters but trailed 31-28 after the third.


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