Montreal, July 14, 2009 – Montreal Alouettes’ Vice
President and General Manager Jim Popp announced today that Quebec-born
running back Guillaume Allard-Caméus has been added to the team’s
The Montreal Alouettes and the Etcheverry family announced the
passing of legendary quarterback and coach Sam "The Rifle" Etcheverry.
Sam passed away Saturday morning at the age of 79 following a long
battle with cancer.
The Alouettes will communicate the details of the funeral and how
people may pay tribute to Sam Etcheverry over the course of the next
Leading up to the game pitting the Alouettes against the Bluebombers, Winnipeg running-back Fred Reid said the Als' defense "isn’t that good. They’ve got an okay defensive line. The linebackers aren’t all that good. Not to me.” Maybe he should have left well enough alone.
It's not as if Montreal's defence needed any more motivation, but in this game that would either see the two teams tied atop the CFL standings, or have Montreal pull away, both offense and defense would shine as the Als defeated the Bluebombers convincingly 39-12 and contained Reid to only 49 yards in the process.
After the Alouettes were handed their first loss of the season last week against the Eskimos, which had many thinking that their weaknesses were showing and that Edmonton managed to capitalize on them, what better way to answer back than to dominate a game and shut out their very next opponent?
The Als did just that when they met their Eastern Division rivals, the Toronto Argonauts and blanked them by a score of 25-0.
One can hardly argue the fact that Anthony Calvillo has had a banner month this past July. He surpassed Ron Lancaster putting him in second place for most TD passes in CFL history and just recently threw for his 60,000th yard making him only the scond QB to achieve this milestone in the league.
All good things must come to an end. As far as the Edmonton Eskimos were concerned, payback was the order of the day and as easy as that, the Montreal Alouettes' four game unbeaten streak came to an end as the Als looked merely mortal against a motivated, momentum driven Eskimos squad. Final score : Montreal 19, Edmonton 33.
The "Player of the Week" honours keep piling up for the Montreal Alouettes and the team shows no signs of slowing down, be it on the field or in the winners' category for every week's nominations.
This week is actually an exception, as in the previous weeks, only one player was named when the winners were announced. This week, quarterback Anthony Calvillo as well as defensive end Anwar Stewart were fittingly named the CFL's Offensive and Defensive Players of the week for week 4.
It was their toughest outing yet, but the Montreal Alouettes are still unbeaten in four games. Anthony Calvillo is alone in second place all time for most career touchdown passes in CFL history after his 334th career touchdown pass to Jamel Richardson and would add to the total as the Als roll past the Hamilton Tigercats by a score of 21-8
The best offense of the CFL met up with arguably the best defense and the league's only 2 unbeaten teams collided as the Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders fought it out on retro day in Regina. But after a tentative, turnover laden first half, the Als would adapt, overcome and dominate in the second, outscoring the Roughriders 29-2 in that span.
Montreal Alouettes’ Vice President and General Manager Jim Popp announced today that Canadian defensive tackle J.P. Bekasiak and import receiver/return specialist Chad Owens have been added to the team’s practice roster.
Bekasiak (6’6’’, 300 lbs) was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2007 CFL Canadian Draft. He played 19 games with the Tiger-Cats over the last two seasons, serving as a backup on the defensive line in 2007 before being converted to the offensive line in 2008. A product of the University of Toledo, he is 27.
Owens (5’8’’, 180 lbs) was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round, 185th overall, of the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent the 2008 season with the AFL Colorado Crush after playing six games with the Jaguars from 2005 through 2007. He also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is 27.