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CFL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Montreal



(Thursday, August 19th)

Final Score: Montreal 39, Winnipeg 17

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - S.J. Green scored touchdowns on two of his three receptions to lead the Montreal Alouettes to a 39-17 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McGill Stadium.

Running back Brandon Whitaker, filling in for the injured Avon Cobourne, scored his first two career touchdowns for the Alouettes (6-2).

Fred Reid ran for 103 yards in defeat for Winnipeg (2-6), which has suffered four consecutive defeats.

After a couple of singles early in the game, Montreal pushed its lead to 9-0 on an outstanding defensive play. Ramon Guzman caused a Steven Jyles fumble, and Chip Cox picked up the loose ball and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown.

Montreal owned a total net yardage advantage of 128-45 after one quarter of action.

The Alouettes extended their lead 16-0 on the first play of the second quarter, as Green hauled in a 10-yard touchdown reception from Anthony Calvillo.

Just two minutes later, Calvillo and Green hooked up again, this time from 35 yards out, making the score 23-0. That touchdown was the sixth of the season for Montreal's standout receiver.

Montreal led 24-0 with just under five minutes remaining in the first half when Calvillo was slammed hard to the turf. After staying on the field for nearly five minutes, the veteran signal caller attempted to walk off on his own power. After a few steps, however, Calvillo went back down on the turf and was carted off.

"I got him down and I wanted to make sure he was down," said Winnipeg defensive end Odell Willis, who made the hit. "I didn't know he was hurt until I got to the sideline. It was a regular tackle. My prayers go out to him. I hope he's OK."

Chris Leak, who had attempted only two passes this season for Montreal prior to Thursday's game, took over under center in Calvillo's absence.

"You never know when you're going to be called on, but it came in the second quarter," Leak said. "We are very concerned about [Calvillo]...He's the trigger of this team and we're praying for him."

After the game, it was revealed that Calvillo suffered a dislocated rib and will remain overnight in a local hospital.

Winnipeg finally got on the board with 50 seconds remaining in the first half, as Jyles threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Brock Ralph, making the score 24-7.

The first points of the second half were scored by the Blue Bombers, as Justin Palardy nailed a 45-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 24-10.

Then, with just under two minutes left in the third quarter, things got especially interesting when Jovon Johnson returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown. The Blue Bombers trailed just 24-17 after that explosive special teams play.

Fortunately for the Alouettes, they were able to break the Winnipeg momentum early in the fourth quarter. Whitaker raced 19 yards for his first career touchdown, pushing Montreal's lead to 31-17. After a single, Whitaker added another rushing score, this time from 10 yards out, to bring the score to its final of 39-17.

Game Notes

Cobourne is suffering from a minor ankle injury...Alouettes' receiver Ben Cahoon extended his streak to 135 games with at least one reception, the third longest streak in CFL history...Calvillo was playing in his 218th game for the Alouettes, tied for the most in franchise history...These teams are scheduled to collide two more times during the regular season, including the next meeting on September 24 in Winnipeg.

08/19 23:25:21 ET

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