It was an all around strong game for the team who decided to rest some of their regulars and start backups on defence and offence.
“You know we’re 15 and 3 for the season and that’s a franchise record,” says kicker Damon Duval. “And we did it with playing some of our younger guys and backups. It just gives us that much more confidence, we now know hey if someone does go down we have guys that can step up and play and there not be a drop off in talent.
Quarterback Adrian McPherson had a strong game starting in place of Anthony Calvillo. McPherson finished with 16 completions in 20 pass attempts, 151 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Argos didn’t put a lot of pressure on the quarterback, but when they did MacPherson was able to move in and out of the pocket to dodge tackles with ease and was able to pick up 55 yards in rushing, second highest on the team.
3rd string quarterback Chris Leak played the fourth quarter and was effective as well finishing with 7 of 10 completions and 44 yards.
“All these guys played great today,” adds Duval. “We came out and we always go every week and say it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, just go out and do our job and everything will take care of itself and you saw that from the beginning whistle to the end.”
Big Night for Duval
The majority of the Montreal offence came from their kicker Damon Duval who had a career game. Duval finished the season strong not only setting personal benchmarks but also breaking franchise and CFL records along the way.
Duval made 7 field goals breaking a franchise single game record and set a new CFL record for most points in a single season with 242 surpassing former Argo Lance Chomyc’s 1991 record of 236 points.
“You know it’s definitely a great feeling,” says Duval. “To come out and go 7 for 7 and not only break the Als single season record but eventually we now broke the CFL single season scoring record. For me, definitely it was a great game. I said this is the first game of my career that I’ll ever actually walk out of here and take a game ball away.”
But Duval was very humble and credits his team for his success this season.
“You know its great overall for me but I have to give credit to all these other guys because if it’s not our offence it’s our defence playing well. I have the easy job I always say, so I always give credit to all these guys they play 60 minutes and leave everything out on the field and I walk on the field for about 3 seconds and get to go kick a ball.”
Focus Shifts to Playoffs
The Als (15-3) will now have to wait and see who their next opponent will be as they have a bye into the Eastern Division Final which will take place at home on Nov. 22.
“We’re coming into the bye this week,” says Duval. “And it gives a little opportunity to everybody that’s got little nicks and bangs to get healthy. A playoff game is the same as a regular season game to us. We’re going in with the same focus, the same mentality that we’re going to play 57 + 3.”
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(Photo courtesy of Benoit Pelosse, Montreal Alouettes)