Realty One

Thursday, August 27, 2015


HAMILTON - The Montreal Alouettes defence has sent a message.

"I think we're the best defence in the league,'' said cornerback Jonathan Hefney after Montreal beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 26-23 Thursday night - handing them their first-ever loss at Tim Hortons Field.

The Alouettes defence recorded six sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries while holding the league's hottest offence to just 23 points. It snapped Hamilton's win streak at five games - a streak in which the Ticats had scored at least 30 points in each of those games. It was their first home loss in 11 games since the new stadium opened last year.

Montreal's Kyries Hebert intercepted Zach Collaros at the Als' 30-yard line with 30 seconds left to seal the victory.

"We're going to go out there and perform that way every week,'' said Hefney, who had two tackles. "We're going out there to try and make plays and it just happened that we made enough plays today to go out there and get a win. I don't take anything from that team. They're a great team... We know it's a challenge but we want to win that challenge every week.''

Backup quarterback Tanner Marsh led the Alouettes after Rakeem Cato went down in the second quarter with a hip pointer. Cato was injured on a sack by Eric Norwood and finished the game 4-of-7 passing for 115 yards and one touchdown.

Marsh completed 11-of-18 pass attempts for 99 yards and one interception, while adding a rushing TD.

"It felt amazing being out there,'' said Marsh. "Just helping this team whenever I can. I'm too excited to even express my feelings right now. It was an awesome win, a huge team win. The defence came up huge right there. The team stuck with me. It was awesome.''

Montreal (4-5) spoiled the party on a night where the crowd celebrated the career of legendary Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Angelo Mosca, who had his No. 68 retired. The win is also the Als' second over Hamilton (6-3) - guaranteeing them the season series.

Luke Tasker and Jeff Mathews scored touchdowns for the Tiger-Cats. Brandon Rutley also scored for Montreal.

Collaros completed 20-of-27 pass attempts for 293 yards, one TD and one interception.

"If you don't come ready to play, you're going to get beat,'' said Collaros. "We didn't play well in all three phases of the game.''

NOTES: Mosca's number is only the second to be retired in Hamilton. Quarterback Bernie Faloney's No. 10 was retired in 1999. Mosca, 78, played for Hamilton in 1958-59 and from 1963 to 1972, retiring after the Ticats' 13-10 Grey Cup victory over Saskatchewan at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The five-time CFL all-star appeared in nine Grey Cup championship games, winning five. The game was a sellout of 24,212.

(The Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

Geez….Montreal did this with their 4th string QB…go figure!

Anonymous said...

Uh, and a defence.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the 'dumpster fire' is out.

Anonymous said...

Oskee boo boo...

Anonymous said...

Actually, it was their second string - Going into 2015, Crompton was first, then Marsh and then ... Cato.

The Green Hornet

Anonymous said...

Lol your so right!!Why do the Riders and their pathetic excuse for a coach and Gm keep getting a pass on this season!!

Anonymous said...

Good for the Alouettes ... enough said about how awesome the Tiger Cats are at home!

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan would be wise to Inquire to the services of Mr. Anthony Calvillo asap offering him full autonomy of all Roughriders football operations.moving forward to the future.

Anonymous said...

ti cats might hang 60 up when the riders matador defence comes to town

Anonymous said...

No doubt, it's going to be bad for the roughriders and riderville.

Mr. Oskee Wee Wee

Anonymous said...

Every CFL Team has a former QB on their coaching staff EXCEPT

Bombers & Riders

Stamps have TWO!!!


Anonymous said...

It's simple to figure. The greatest QB in any planet football league is there to mentor, he was on sidelines front and center last night, his name, Mr. Anthony Calvillo.

Anonymous said...

Hmm hmm! That's Oskee Wee Wee to you boo boo. And don't you forget it !

Anonymous said...

Everybody else has a former QB on their staff. We've got a fat bean counter from Saskatoon and a egotistical DB that got cut from some NFL team many years ago. Gee I wonder why we're 0 and 8.

Anonymous said...

Angelo Mosca, my favorite player while in my youth. Good on you.