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Recap: Montreal 24, Hamilton 39

CFL.ca Staff

HAMILTON – The Hamilton Tiger-Cats put up 32 first half points and held off a second half Montreal surge to defeat the Alouettes 39-24 at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Saturday night was an opportunity to witness two of the best quarterbacks in CFL history square off for the first time since Henry Burris joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The two gunslingers would not dissappoint. The two would finish with a combined 734 yards passing but it was Burris who was nothing short of spectacular, completing 27 of 30 passes for 360 yards and 4 touchdowns.

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The Ticats' mission heading into the game was to get after the quarterback and make Anthony Calvillo feel uncomfortable in the pocket.  

They did just that early on when LB Rey Williams stepped in front of a Calvillo toss and returned it 53 yards to set up the game's opening score; an 8-yard touchdown by WR Bakari Grant from the arm of Burris.

With the defence coming up big, the Tiger-Cats offence refused to be outdone, engineering a 14-play, 57-yard touchdown drive, finished off by a Daryl Stephenson reception.  The major was aided by two pass interference penalties back-to-back by Alouettes LB Chip Cox as Hamilton jumped out to an early 14-0 lead.

Calvillo and the Als would get on track shortly thereafter however.  First the soon-to-be 40-year-old pivot found SJ Green open for a 54-yard reception, and then he carried the ball himself for 10 yards before lobbing a touchdown pass to RB Brandon Whitaker.

The Als signal-caller was trying to improve on a dominant 28-11 all-time regular season record against the Tabbies.

The next Montreal scoring chance came midway through the second quarter when Sean Whyte attempted a 45-yard field goal but it sailed wide.  Ticats WR Chris Williams, who has three return touchdowns in his last two games, took the miss up the middle and eventually ran it back 116 yards.

He would have had a certain touchdown but got caught celebrating too early and was caught from behind by Montreal LB Brian Ridgeway who tackled him at the 1 yard line.  His lapse would be forgotten when Chevon Walker leaped into the endzone a play later.

Walker wasn’t done there however.  On the next Hamilton possession, he added his second touchdown of the game to follow a Whyte field goal on a 5-yard reception to put the Tiger-Cats up in front by a commanding 29-10.

Burris simply spectacular

Henry Burris was near perfect completing 90% of his passes.  He finished 27 of 30 for 360 yards and 4 touchdowns.  More importantly, he did not throw an interception.
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Luca Congi would add a field goal at the end of the half to bring his team into the locker room with a 32-10 lead.

Calvillo and the Als would not go down without a fight as the future hall of famer connected with Brandon London on a 32-yard touchdown pass to cut the Hamilton lead to 32-17 early on in the third quarter.

Those who have followed Calvillo’s career with any sort of regularity knows that if the opposition gives him a chance to claw his way back into the game, he will attempt to do so.

He picked apart the Tiger-Cats defence on his next drive completing throws of 37, 20, 10 and 13 yards before finding rookie fullback Patrick Lavoie for a 12-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 32-24.

The score was Lavoie’s third of the season after recording the game winner in a comeback versus Calgary last week.

Not to be outshined, Burris came right back finding Andy Fantuz on a quick drive with the second completion acting as a 26-yard touchdown strike to put the ‘Cats back up by 15.  The drive covered three plays, 64 yards.

The Als orchestrated a late drive, converting on two third down gambles but couldn't connect on the third with 1:42 left in the game and the turnover of downs clinched the win for the Tiger-Cats.

Fan Comments
The Als really need to get things together on defense bt a easier task will be to improve the return game. Edmonton return specialist Yamon figurs was hit by naging injuries and could not get things going. Kavis reed wasted no time replacing him with starting corner Burnett who is also a great return man.
Hamilton also did not even waste antime looking for a return specialist placing the three fastest weapons they have in one of the thre return spots and it has paid off Williams on punts, Walker and giguers on KO.
Dont be surprised to see whitaker, richarson , green, london etc. back on returns. They need to come up with some big plays from somwhere else besides the offense.
July 23, 2012 - 9:38am
als rule
you have missed the point again!! NEVER EVER SEE #2, 18, 19, 14 returning!! currently the returners speed is not in question!! devine, guy, bowling, bratton all have way more then enough speed for the job!! the problem is the same as last year no STC!! bischoff isn't producing as a position coach for STs therefore trestman needs to fire him from(not from the als) that responsibility and hire a true STC!! even at this late date into the season!! 1/3 offence, 1/3 defence and 1/3 STs equals in total for the als only 1/3 out of 3 for a 2 and 2 record and 2 of 3 units listed as works in progress not looking anywhere near to beening headed in the right direction in this early start to the season!!
July 24, 2012 - 9:30am
als rule - Williams? buffoon?? Take it easy and don't take your frustration with the way the Als are playing out on a very good player who had a momentary lapse in judgement for which he apologized to just about anyone he could think of including Trestman! That was not a typical Chris Williams action and you won't see anything remotely like it from him again. See you in Montreal in about a month. Ticats have lots more time to continue to improve before the rematch. Hope AC is feeling better by then.
July 22, 2012 - 10:50pm
als rule
I have no frustrations being taken out on this site nor is AC's shoudler any concern!! GLOAT and POUND YOUR CHEST fine with me!! no matter williams with the BUFFOON PLAY OF THE SEASON SO FAR!! guess you have a hard time between play and man!!
July 23, 2012 - 10:17am
I'm not sure where you think I'm gloating and my concern for AC's shoulder is, in fact, sincere. But your angst is coming through LOUD and clear. Chill, don't have a coronary!
July 23, 2012 - 11:11am
als rule
LOL LOL LOL what? no angst, no loud and clear and no reason for any coronary!! you continue to not understand anything I post!! actions speak louder then words by both you and williams and the action was gloating whether he says different after the game or not just like you!!
July 24, 2012 - 9:37am
Great win by the Ti-cats, a good team effort and outstanding passing by Burris. Note to Chris Williams: next time start celebrating AFTER you're in the end zone! Better yet, the old adage: when you get to the end zone, act like you've been there before...
July 22, 2012 - 8:41pm
als rule
quite right!! which needs to be applied to some tabbie posters who don't know salt from peanuts!!
July 23, 2012 - 10:09am
Wow i cant believe he was 27 of 30 passing that is incredible. An interesting line up continueing not to dress cobourne but instead on TB in walker and 3 canadian FB Brown, stepenson, and fournier being used in a variety of ways FB, TE, and special teams. stephenson can do it all and has been amazing hard to believe that was his first TD. Rookie Lovoi also palying great a t FB for the Als. FB have tended to be forgotten with teams using 5 receiver sets a lot. In Calgary Cote also starts and plays a lot at the TE spot. With the ESKS going with the run game a lot bertrand is also seeing more PT. Oddly enough this is becoming the year of the FB
July 22, 2012 - 7:14pm
That was an amazing game by Hank and the cats. Hank and Fantuz seem to be finding each others rhythms, Williams ... hwat can you say. The cats are fun to watch every year but this year, they are flat out dangerous. Congrats to Hank on one of the best performances by a qb ever recorded in pro-football.
July 22, 2012 - 4:20am
als rule
easy there big fellow!! okay your cats won rather convincing and hankless had an excellent game BUT sorry "ever recorded" NO!!
July 22, 2012 - 5:55pm
Als - defence is lacking, offence is lacking, special teams - same as last year ( same coach), hope this team comes together soon - doesn't look promising.
July 21, 2012 - 11:19pm
als rule
THE ALS OFFENCE ISN'T LACKING!! the defensive line continues to stink with no pressure and WHY IS THERE NO BIG TIME BLITZING BY THE LBs? 1 blitz by S #34 HEBERT resulted in a burris big loss and drive ender!! DB can't spend all nite trailing tabbie receivers with no DL pressure!! so far this season the als have a new DC with the same results & NOTHING NEW!! I know a don matthews defence and this ain't it!! trestman will not fire bischoff off the als BUT he needs to fire him off STs period and hire ASAP a STC without delay as weird as that is at this time of year!! #11 LB cox good player BUT the red flags need to stop!! everything is promising since the season is young yet and changes can occur. buffoon of the game "showboat" williams!! 5 thumbs up award to ST LB als #44 brian ridgeway!! THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME!! I certainly hope not in the als case right trestman?
July 22, 2012 - 6:26pm
BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG win this week. burris played insane this week. only 3 completions this game? WOW. defense played its best this week and. took there foot off the petal in the 3rd qrt, but other than that, great game for the tigercats. they needed that alot. now next week its for all the marbles. time to get some revenge on the riders next week. if the tigercats want to show why they are the most dangerous for the east division, they need to win this game, and not get blown out again. tigercats are on fire, keep it up boys. GO TIGERCATS
July 21, 2012 - 11:03pm
als rule
a long way yet to go!!
July 22, 2012 - 6:29pm
Great game by the Ticats to put them in first place by virtue of wins over both TO and the Als. Offense, defense and special teams all made contributions to the win and Chris Williams continued to be a beast as did Walker and Rey Williams. AR - I know you will be disappointed with Als loss but I have to say that Als still can't win a Ivor Wynne!
July 21, 2012 - 10:57pm
als rule
okay round 1 cats BUT more rounds to follow!! als same problems as last season DEFENCE & STs!!
July 22, 2012 - 9:37am
See you next month in Montreal. Another 4 and a half weeks for the Ticats to get even better! Maybe AC's shoulder will be better by then.
July 22, 2012 - 12:51pm
als rule
maybe BUT #13 wasn't the problem!!
July 23, 2012 - 10:02am
Looks as if "smiling Hank" is not quite over the hill yet. We Ti-Cat fans are a pretty happy bunch right now. With some dependable offence, if the defence keeps improving, we'll be a real force in the league. No way should any of the teams be counted out yet. The Lions showed us that last season.
July 21, 2012 - 10:56pm
als rule
cats land 1st major blow in the season long battle!!
July 22, 2012 - 6:31pm
Hank must be a magician, he sure has a magic touch. He did a great Kevin Glenn imatation. Just joking!! Great game by the QB. He's starting to look like the Hank of old.

The CFL has another exciting year at hand and I'm loving it!!!

How far can the TiCats go?
July 21, 2012 - 10:30pm
als rule
not as far as they will wish come this november!!
July 22, 2012 - 6:35pm
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