CFL 2009.09.25: Alouettes 42 – Tiger-Cats 8

Everyone knew this matchup against the Montreal Alouettes would be a difficult one for the Cats, but there was still hope for a win. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for the Cats this time.

I like to go to football games very early. It lets me settle in without feeling rushed due to traffic, not being able to find decent parking, etc. And it allows me time to watch the players prepare during the pregame warm-up. It’s also a chance for me to make sure all of the equipment I need is working properly and get some practice in before it really matters. Besides, sometimes opportunities present themselves.

Each stadium is different and at Ivor Wynne, late in the day, the sun creates interesting reflections off the seating in the north grandstand, which turn into big round blobs of light in the background when a powerful telephoto lens is used.

Tiger-Cats defensive back Chris Thompson goes through his warm-up routine.

As does Tiger-Cats linebacker Otis Floyd.

For this game team owner Bob Young was on hand early, chatting with people on the sideline but also made a point to greet some of the players and chatted briefly with head coach Marcel Bellefeuille.

Here he greets linebacker Jamall Johnson…

Linebacker Yannick Carter…

And shares a laugh with coach Bellefeuille.

The Cobb heads are becoming more abundant, in reference to running back DeAndra’ Cobb.

Compared to the NFL, the CFL is much more fan accessible and it’s nice to see the Ticats bring in young football players during the pregame player introductions:

Offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed.

Wide receiver Arland Bruce III.

Linebacker Otis Floyd.

Defensive end Montez Murphy.

As with any game it’s a fresh start, a clean slate. Tiger-Cats linebacker Otis Floyd (35) tackles Alouettes running back Avon Cobourne (6):

But Tiger-Cats quarterback Quinton Porter (12) had a rough start. Here he tries to recover a bobbled snap:

The Cats D was able to pressure Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo from time to time. Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95) and defensive lineman Demonte’ Bolden (90) apply pressure:

And defensive lineman Khari Long (94) finishes off Calvillo.

But as the final score attests, it was difficult to rein in the finely tuned Alouettes offence:

It also didn’t help that the Tiger-Cats made a fair number of mistakes. Here wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6) loses possession during a punt return.

Quarterback Quinton Porter (12) is tackled by Alouettes defensive tackle Jermaine McElveen (98) and pressured by defensive end Anwar Stewart (9) while looking for an open receiver.

Porter (12) is sacked by Alouettes defensive end John Bowman (7), defensive tackle Jermaine McElveen (98) and linebacker Chip Cox (11).

Porter’s poor play brought in quarterback Kevin Glenn (5), but it was too little, too late. Here Glenn eludes Alouettes defensive tackle Keron Williams (90) on a timely block by offensive lineman George Hudson (52).

While the game was not fun, at least the D kept pressure on the Als.

Defensive back Sandy Beveridge (19) tackles Alouettes running back Avon Cobourne (6).

Defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) tackles Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon (86).

Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo (13) under pressure from Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95)… but is able to get off an incomplete pass.

Calvillo (13) scrambles under pressure from Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Matt Kirk (93).

Tiger-Cats linebacker Otis Floyd (35) and defensive end Montez Murphy (98) tackle Alouettes running back Avon Cobourne (6).

Tiger-Cats defensive back Jykine Bradley (31) recovers the ball.

Calvillo scrambles while keeping an eye on Tiger-Cats defensive back Chris Thompson (26).

Alouettes running back Avon Cobourne (6) outruns Tiger-Cats defensive back Sandy Beveridge (19) and linebacker Jamall Johnson (28) for a touchdown late in the game.

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4) is unable to make the reception under pressure from Alouettes defensive back Jerald Brown (39).

The drubbing certainly gave the Ticats coaches something to think about…

Head coach Marcel Bellefeuille.

Special teams coordinator Dave Easley.

Quarterbacks coach Khari Jones.

Defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, assistant head coach Greg Marshall.

Read more about the game at the Hamilton Spectator.

As always, please check my CFL photo archive for hundreds more images from this and past games.

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