They don’t give out a Defensive Player of the Game award at the Grey Cup anymore but if they did, Montreal Alouettes’ defensive back Kabion Ento would most likely have picked it up in the wake of the 110th Grey Cup game.
The Montreal organization did a great job in recruiting players like Mack and Philpot while adding some late additions like Lemon and Sankey in the great push for the Cup. Getting guys that fit with the team - the recruiting - is essential to win the Big games.
Kind of sad in a way…everyone is paying attention to Lemon, Fajardo, and sankey at the end of the game when Ento probably made the plays that won then the Cup.
He played an outstanding game in Toronto in the East Final as well. Definitily an outstanding talent - hope he sticks around, but with that kind of performance in the big games someone south of us will want a look…
Ento was brilliant. He thoroughly over-powered Most Outstanding Canadian Brady Olivera for a takeaway in the first half, preventing Bombers from taking a near insurmountable lead. Intuitively knew where Olivera’s weak point was while carrying the luggage. As much as Ento worked a power-play on Olivera, he switched up and made a brilliant jump into coverage and out-jumped Kenny Lawler for a late 1st half pick in the Als endzone. No problem with who they picked (Fajardo & the other kid) for game MVPs but Ento was perhaps the most important Al on the field.
Didn’t help Bombers that Zach Collaros is rapidly morphing into the Northern version of Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins - helplessly heading into Trevor Harris, Bo-Levi Mitchell country!
Kabion Ento made the play of the game with his outstanding endzone pick . I do not recall seeing 2 unbelievable picks in the Grey Cup game . The Bombers Evan Holm had an amazing pick in the second half . The Als secondary was much better on the night. Cody Fajardo threw 3 darts for his majors, and was most worthy of the MOP award.
Holm made a brilliant INT, for sure. That kid is a keeper. You can’t even blame Fajardo for it, just like you can’t blame Collaros for the Ento interception. In each case, the DB just made a brilliant play.
In Winnipeg Zach is being heavily blamed for the Ento interception, including by himself. Overall Zach was 19 for 23 so he rightfully isnt being blamed for the loss, but I agree with the vast majority that this IT was more of a Zach mistake than a great defensive play.
Lawler had Ento beat and was wide open. Zach threw too late and with not enough zip on the ball and those were the only reasons the ball was capable of being intercepted with a nice catch. In other words it wasn’t because of good coverage.
Zach also had another man wide open and it looked like he could have run it in as well. I’m with the majority. Clearly a Zach mistake on this one.
Watching the play again, I think you mean the WPG receiver (#10) on the curl to the flat? Yeah, he was pretty open. But that is a dangerous throw to make to that side of the field. We’ve seen defenders on many CFL teams close the gap, scoop up that pick, and take it back the other way for a TD a number of times this season. Was #10 too far from coverage for that to happen? Maybe. But maybe Zach was also wary of trying, given how Montreal had been ballhawking in previous games.
Lawler couldn’t have had Ento beat because Ento was not assigned to Lawler in coverage. Lawler had Stubblefield beat but Ento read his key in match coverage, broke off his zone read, closed on the ball, and made a receiver-worthy endzone catch.
Sure, Zach may have been a split second late on the throw but in 9/10 cases it’s an incomplete pass, leaving the Bombers with another down to try again and a field goal attempt at worst.
Zach Collaros and the Bombers Offence was the sole reason for the Bombers heartbreaking loss. In a Grey Cup game you must have more “Explosive Plays” than your opponent . The Als were “The Better Team” in the 110th Grey Cup game.
I agree they were, but by the thinnest of margins possible.
With about a minute to go and after a Bomber sack the Als were 2nd and 18 and I doubt anyone was writing a draft of their “Als were a better team” speech at that point. After a Cody scramble for 13 yards I’m sure everyone on both sides was holding their breath with the game on the line on a relatively deep throw. Had it gone the other way the Bombers would have been the “better team”, again by the slimmest of margins. I agree with those who posted that it was a slugfest right down to the wire and the Als deservedly won due to what they pulled off when it counted, but the game was as dead even as a game can get. That’s the reality.
I should also clarify my comments about Zach’s mistake. Generally he isn’t being blamed in Winnipeg and had a good if unspectacular game, but it is being pointed out that the throw Ento intercepted was his biggest mistake of the game and he says so himself. That is not to say the Bombers lost because of that throw. Anyone could pick out 6-8 plays that would have changed the game if they went the other way, which I see as par for the course in such an extremely close game. Montreal deserved to win in a game they neither dominated or were dominated in. They simply made the biggest plays when it counted. That is why it was such a good game.