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MONTREAL -- This time around the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were happy to see a Quinton Porter comeback bid fall short.

Lindsay Lamar scored on an 88-yard punt return as Hamilton held on for a 33-26 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday night in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Tiger-Cats quarterback Dan LeFevour threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Chevon Walker just before halftime and Delbert Alvarado kicked three field goals in the first half.

"I thought the effort was outstanding,'' said Hamilton head coach Kent Austin, who won in his first CFL game since 2007, when he coached Saskatchewan to the Grey Cup. "We played really hard for the entire game.''

Ticats QB Jeremiah Masoli scored on a one-yard run 1:13 into the fourth quarter to put Hamilton up 33-12 in front of a Percival Molson Stadium crowd of 20,174.

Porter threw a pair of touchdown passes as Montreal mounted a comeback bid.

The former Ticats quarterback connected with Kenny Stafford on a 75-yard touchdown 3:04 into the fourth to draw the Alouettes within 33-19. Porter also threw a 20-yard touchdown to Tyron Carrier at 10:34.

"We knew it just takes a couple of big plays like that and things can change, but I just wish we could have kept more going at the end there,'' said Porter, who spent the last five seasons with Hamilton.

"We just ran out of time.''

As happy as he was about his team's effort, Austin saw plenty of areas of the Ticats' game that he wants to improve.

"We've got to clean up a lot of things,'' said Austin, who coached Cornell for the last two seasons after spending two years as the offensive coordinator at the University of Mississippi, his alma mater.

"Too many penalties, especially on special teams. We've got to eliminate some of those mistakes, and we will. We'll be better with our assignments next week.''

LeFevour completed 10-of-19 passes for 149 yards in the first half.

"I thought we moved the ball pretty well,'' LeFevour said. "We moved the ball consistently. There were no real two-and-outs, not a lot of them, and just making plays and at least giving ourselves an opportunity to score.''

Masoli completed 5-of-10 attempts for 82 yards. Brian Brohm also went 5 for 10, for 110 yards, including a 38-yard pass to Eric McCree on a drive that led to Lauther's field goal that made it 26-12.

Chris Jennings scored a touchdown on a one-yard run as the Alouettes took a 7-0 lead 2:28 into the game, which marked Montreal head coach Dan Hawkins' pro coaching debut.

The veteran U.S. college coach replaced Marc Trestman, who left Montreal to become the Chicago Bears' head coach.

Hawkins, who spent the last two years as an ESPN college football analyst, coached Boise State to a 53-11 mark from 2001-05. He also coached Willamette and Colorado and has a 112-61-1 coaching record
in the college ranks.

"He was great,'' Porter said. "He's got a great attitude and he kept a positive attitude. Even when we were down he's not getting on guys and as pros we really appreciate that.''

There was a long delay, 9:31 into the second, after Montreal receiver David Clowney was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit while he was blocking. Players from both teams kneeled on the field and sidelines while Clowney was attended to by medical staff as he lay on the field.

Clowney was placed on a spinal board and his neck was immobilized with a cervical collar before he was carried off the field.

Hawkins could not describe Clowney's injury and had no update on his condition.

Anthony Calvillo completed a 50-yard pass to Jamel Richardson on the Alouettes' first play from scrimmage. The 40-year-old quarterback guided Montreal through its first offensive series, a five-play touchdown drive capped by Jennings' one-yard plunge.

Josh Neiswander came in for Calvillo on the Alouettes' second offensive series. He completed 8-of-23 pass attempts for 99 yards in the first half, including a 23-yard catch by Wallace Wright.

"We're trying to get a look at a lot of guys,'' Hawkins said. "I thought they competed well, which was great. I thought their spirit was great. You know, the first unit, they were awesome. They came out and started fast so I give them a lot of credit for their mentality of coming out of the gate and getting after it.''

Porter ran the Als' offence for most of the second half. He completed 8-of-17 pass attempts for 178 yards, taking over after Tanner Marsh guided Montreal through its first two series of the third quarter.

Fan Comments
tabbiefanmcb
Nice to see that LeFevour has adapted to the game pretty well in the past year and could be a reliable backup this season.
June 17, 2013 - 9:55am
 
*C*F*L*
Hopefully CFL.ca will create and launch a GAME TRACKER.

With todays technology and devices, I use game trackers steady for NCAA & PRO sports.
June 14, 2013 - 1:04pm
als rule
100% right!!
June 14, 2013 - 5:42pm
PrideLivesHere
There is a game tracker app already. Just go to the store for your device - Apple / Android / Blackberry and search for SaskTel Rider App. It's got the live scores and everything else - News/ Twitter / Weather Forecast/ Videos / CKRM Radio (live radio of all the Rider games)

Works fantastic. Keeps me in touch with Canada's Team.

GO RIDERS GO !
June 14, 2013 - 6:37pm
*C*F*L*
You're sharp Als-Rule.
You read my post perfectly. Even the stuff I intended to write "between the lines".
June 14, 2013 - 7:16pm
 
waveman
montreal added all those seats but its still the same crowd, doesn't look like any new fans were added
June 14, 2013 - 10:12am
als rule
little do you know!! it was an exhibition game that was sold out BUT not everybody attended LIKE ME!! SO WHAT? I'll be there at the start of the regular season!!
June 14, 2013 - 5:38pm
 
patrioticbruin
love how theres highlights for the argo's game but not this one =) good work guys! =)
June 14, 2013 - 10:06am
als rule
yes there's highlights just VERY VERY VERY slow to post them!!
June 14, 2013 - 5:25pm