In the 2007 season, the Hamilton Tigercats were 3-15. In 2006, 4-14. In 2005, 5-13.Unfortunately for the Ti-Cats, it seems that their 2008 season may be just as bad as the past three after a 23-point loss to the Montreal Alouettes, who were 8-10 last year.
The kickoff went to the Alouettes, and immediately KR Jason Armstead returned the opening kickoff 26 yards. On the next play, Hamilton Tigercats Jykine Bradley would have a huge tackle on Al's WR Danny Desriveaux, who was injured on the play.
The Al's would get back at the Ti-Cats 3 plays later, when WR Kerry Watkins caught a pass from Calvillo, and then spun around a defender and gained 35 yards on the play. The Alouettes would end up with a field goal on the opening drive, and the score was 3-0 in favor of Montreal.
After a 4-yard run on second down by the Hamilton Tigercats QB Carey Printers, the Ti-cats were looking to convert on a 3rd and inches. However, Jesse Lumsden was unable to convert, and the ball was turned over on downs to the Montreal Alouettes. The Al's would come out with a 9-yard TD pass, making it 10-0 for Montreal.
Montreal would score 2 more field goals, making the score 16-0, but the Tigercats would respond with a field goal of their own, making the score 16-3 at halftime.
With 4:59 left in the third quarter, Anthony Calvillo would make his day. Anthony Calvillo passed Danny McManus in passing yards, ranking 2nd on the all time list. Calvillo passed him in style, making a 32-yard pass to Jason Armstead, who had to spin around some players to move up to the 32, and on the next play, Calvillo would cap off the drive with a 32 yard TD pass to WR Kerry Watkins, making the score 23-3 for the Al's.
There was a big play in the fourth quarter with a 29-yard pass to Danny Desriveaux. This series was capped of a 3-yard TD run by Avon Colbourne.
However, folks, the Hamilton Tigercats fans would get something to cheer about. After receiving the hand off from QB Casey Printers, RB Tre Smith would run 75 yards for a touchdown. The games final score was 33-10 for the Alouettes, with their new Head Coach Mark Trestman winning his firts CFL game with the Alouettes.
This game, however, all goes to Montreal Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo in my mind. Calvillo moved up to second place in most passing yards. Although he is still over 20,000 yards away from former Toronto Argonauts QB Damon Allen, this is still quite an accomplishment.
Overall, I think the Ti-Cats' poor quality of play left their home crowd of 20,589 wondering if this would be a repeat of the past three years (the total record of the three years is 12-42).
Mark Trestman's first game as Alouettes head coach was a success, and the players gave their new leader a good old Gatorade dumping as a congratulations for his first CFL win.
"It is undeniable that this is my first win as a head coach," Trestman said. "But at the end of the day, we have a long season. It was a good start. But we have a long, long way to go." said Trestman, who has quite a NFL-filled history.
Trestman was chosen over several candidates, including Edmonton Eskimos head coach Tom Higgins. Alouettes fans will be hoping that every game ends the same as this last game, and that they can improve this season with a new coaching staff.
Player of the Game: This goes out to Anthony Calvillo, who moved up on the passing yard list into second place. There's still a long way to go Calvillo, but you've clinched the second place spot. Congratulations Calvillo, this game was yours.