The Blue Bombers were one of the most active teams in the CFL this off-season, two of their biggest additions were Andrew Harris and Weston Dressler to help the team along offensively. Anthony Calvillo now has full reigns as offensive coordinator, and when you have one of the best ever quarterbacks calling plays good things are bound to happen. Kevin Glenn, CFL veteran with 14-years under his belt, threw for 332 yards and completed 30 of 42 passing attempts to lead Montreal to a solid 22-14 win to open their CFL season at Investor’s Group Field, Winnipeg.
Coming into this game, the fan base had a definite buzz to wanting to get the new season underway in Winnipeg, after they made many high profile additions during the off-season. Montreal opened the game with a field goal to go up 3-0 before yet another new off-season addition, punter/kicker Justin Medlock, had to concede a safety late in the first quarter to put Montreal up 5-0.
Later in the second quarter, it was Montreal driving down the field again with great offensive execution. Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge ran it in from the one yard line. After another great drive by Kevin Glenn, and the convert, it was 13-0 Montreal. Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy was getting frustrated all game by the great defensive play of Montreal – who nailed four sacks on the night, including two by John Bowman.
Winnipeg fans were getting restless, currently the owners of the league’s longest Grey Cup drought and after more than a few tough seasons recently. Winnipeg finally got on the board in the third quarter when former Tiger-Cat and Carolina Panther, Justin Medlock, nailed a spectacular 58 yard field goal. To some this may have been seen as a start in the right direction, but it was hardly so as Montreal came right back down the field with Kevin Glenn throwing an eight yard touchdown pass to SJ Green for his first of the season. This gave Montreal a 19-3 lead after the convert. Justin Medlock scored a rare single point off of a dead ball to make the score 19-4. In the fourth, Boris Bede kicked another field goal to get the Alouettes lead to 22-4.
Bede later conceded a safety to make it 22-6. After being frustrated for much of the game, Drew Willy finally got the Blue Bombers a major. Willy fired a 63-yard touchdown pass and run for Darvin Adams to briefly electrify the Winnipeg fans with. Being down by so much, Willy and the Bombers had to go for two. They successfully converted on a two point convert pass to Quincy McDuffie to round out the scoring in the game.
All in all, it was a solid start to the year for the Alouettes, frustrating the Blue Bombers on either side of the ball. With Anthony Calvillo as offensive coordinator for a greatly experienced quarterback in Kevin Glenn, the Alouettes could stand to surprise a few, especially with the explosive Duron Carter back in the mix.
For the Blue Bombers, it’s back to the drawing board to see how they can come out with a better 60 minute effort in their next game. The Blue Bombers head to Calgary to face the Stampeders on Canada Day, July 1, at 10:00pm EST while the Alouettes host the Redblacks on June 30, at 7:00pm EST.