It was a wild weekend of football accross the country which featured four kick return touchdowns and 239 total points recorded. Brandon Whitaker and the Montreal Alouettes notched their first win of the year with a 41-30 decision over the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The defending champs moved to 2-0 with a close victory over Chevon Walker and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Boatmen took advantage of a Drew Tate injury to win their home opener in a thrilling finish at Rogers Centre and the Roughriders’ defence helped Rider Nation reach its second win, taking care of the Edmonton Eskimos.
Montreal 41, Winnipeg 30
MONTREAL — Brandon Whitaker scored three touchdowns, two through the air and another on the ground, as the Montreal Alouettes downed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 41-30 on Friday night in Montreal.
On a humid night in Montreal, both the Als and Bombers were looking to register their first wins of the season, after both dropped their season openers in Week 1.
Last season’s rushing king would finish the night with 92 rushing yards, 137 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Calvillo, meanwhile would surprass the 400-yard passing mark for the 29th time in his career, throwing three touchdowns in the process. He would also complete 81 per cent of his passes.
VANCOUVER — Shawn Gore had two touchdown catches, while Tim Brown returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown as the BC Lions roared past the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 39-36 in Week 2 action at BC Place Stadium.
The defending Grey Cup-champion Lions overcame a slow start and survived a late Hamilton rally for their second straight win. The Tiger-Cats remain winless after two games.
Gore’s two-touchdown night in the second game of the season was in sharp contrast to 2011. The 25-year-old Toronto native’s lone touchdown — the only other one of his three-year career — came in the final regular-season contest against Montreal.
TORONTO — A last-second Noel Prefontaine field goal lifted the Argos past the Calgary Stampeders with a 39-36 win at Rogers Centre.
Both offences came out on fire, trading touchdowns on the first two possessions of the game. However, Stampeders QB Drew Tate suffered an injury midway through the first half, forcing Calgary head coach John Hufnagel to insert Kevin Glenn into the game.
The second half was an offensive shootout between the team, that ultimately ended with Prefontaine’s winning kick.
REGINA – It was a battle of which defence was going to hold on longer and when the final whistle blew it was the Saskatchewan Roughriders holding onto a 17-1 win over the Edmonton Eskimos in front of 31,459 at Mosaic Field in Regina.
Kerry Joseph would enter the game in place of Steven Jyles but he couldnèt get the Esks offence started. With 2:12 left in the game, rookie RB Kory Sheets wiould ice the game for Saskatchewan by taking a handoff off-tackle and bursting 34 yards for the game’s one and only major.
Any hope of an Eskimos comeback was dashed on Edmonton’s next possession when Joseph missed his intended target and was picked off by the Riders’ Craig Butler which set up a Chris Milo field goal to confirm the 17-1 win.