Coach Don Matthews liked what he saw of the Montreal Alouettes defence in their final CFL pre-season game.
The defence attacked three Winnipeg quarterbacks throughout a mistake-filled, marathon game on Thursday night en route to a 30-15 victory over the Blue Bombers - their second in a row after a 25-24 win in Winnipeg last week.
The same two clubs will meet again in their regular season opener Friday night in Montreal.
''We had a great game from our defence,'' said Matthews. ''We only played one defence - a one-linebacker blitz - and it was very successful.
''We created a lot of bad throws and knocked down passes and we covered well in the back end.''
It was particularly pleasing for the Alouettes, who have jobs to fill at middle linebacker, rush end and defensive back. Matthews was impressed by the hustle of linebacker prospect Louis Mackey and rush end D.D. Acholonu.
Anthony Calvillo saw his first action of the pre-season and produced a 21-13 halftime lead on a touchdown plunge by Jeff Piercy and two TD catches by Thyron Anderson, who had five catches for 97 yards.
Nealon Greene started the second half and struggled to move the ball, but his rival for the back-up job Marcus Brady came in six minutes into the fourth quarter and hit LaTerence Dunbar with an eight-yard TD pass.
Winnipeg incumbent Kevin Glenn put up 10 points on a 10-yard scoring run and a Troy Westwood field goal before ceding the Q.B. spot to Russ Michna in the second quarter, who then came out for Mike Quinn in the third. Both candidates laboured.
Michna completed only three of 11 passes for 48 yards and Quinn was good on six of 23 for 127 yards. Each threw an interception.
Glenn looks to have kept his starting job with final cuts looming this weekend.
''I just went out and tried to show what I can do and put points on the board,'' Glenn said. ''I think we should have had more points.''
He looks forward to another crack at Montreal next week.
''That's good,'' he said. ''Although I know they didn't do a lot in this game. They played a lot of man-to-man and next week we'll see the real thing.''
It was a first taste of CFL ball for former Minnesota Vikings star tailback Onterrio Smith, who fumbled on his first carry for the Bombers and ended the game with a meagre seven yards on two carries.
Now Smith wonders if he's made the team. He hopes to make a one-two punch with running back Charles Roberts, who managed only 11 yards on four attempts as Montreal held Winnipeg to only 29 rushing yards.
''I didn't get a lot of opportunity and when I did, on my first carry, I lost my footing and then the ball was jarred loose,'' he said. ''I was disappointed in that play.
''If they let me stick around, I'll work my tail off and get ready for next week.''
Winnipeg's opening drive ended in a 27-yard Troy Westwood field goal but a Kerry Watkins catch set up Piercy's one-yard TD 13:19 into the game. Watkins later left the game with a hip pointer.
Glenn scrambled 10 yards to give the Bombers the lead 1:55 into the second quarter, but Calvillo then threw TD strikes of 27 and 28 yards to Anderson before another Westwood field goal with 20 seconds left in the half.
A mistake-filled third quarter saw only a Winnipeg safety, which Montreal got back 5:48 into the fourth quarter before Brady's eight-yard strike to Dunbar.
Winnipeg running back hopeful Henri Childs and slotback Darryl Ray both left the game with knee injuries of as-yet undetermined severity.
Montreal defensive back Davis Sanchez left with a sprained toe.
The sellout crowd of 20,202 on a chilly night saw a lot of scrambled play, penalties and 10 turnovers as coaches used prospects freely, particularly in the second half.
Matthews challenged two calls and lost both - one in which officials awarded a Sidney Haugabrook interception instead of an Anderson catch and another on the spot of a ball that resulted in a turnover on downs.
The veteran coach admitted he just guessed when he threw out the challenge flag because the game wasn't televised and there were no replays available to the spotter in the press box.
''I just threw it out there for something to do,'' he said with a grin.
In the first half, Matthews went for it on third and short repeatedly and fell short twice.
Bomber coach Doug Berry, the former Montreal offensive co-ordinator, wanted Alouettes running back prospect Avon Cobourne ruled down at the line of scrimmage but the official ruled his 46-yard run good. That set up Dunbar's TD.
Notes - Ninety-One-year-old Percival Molson Stadium lost a bit of its antique charm with the installation of a medium-sized video screen in the east end zone. It shows the game, flashes lots of advertising and replays and looked to be popular with fans.
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