Golden Gaels Photos
Queen's Golden Gaellery by Jeff Chan
CFL - Montreal at Hamilton 20110622
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HAMILTON 57, MONTREAL 20
Marcus Thigpen and Chris Williams had return touchdowns as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats throttled the Montreal Alouettes 57-20 in CFL exhibition action on a foggy Wednesday night.
Thigpen took a kickoff 100 yards for a TD in the first quarter to delight the enthusiastic Ivor Wynne Stadium gathering of 26,732. Williams had the crowd back on its feet in the third by returning a punt 91 yards to put the Ticats ahead 30-17.
Williams's TD came after a thick blanket of fog had rolled in following halftime and kick-started a 17-point third that put the home side comfortably ahead 40-17.
Quinton Porter, Marquay McDaniel and Terry Grant had the other TDs for Hamilton (1-1). Justin Medlock booted four field goals and a convert while Eric Wilbur added three field goals, two converts and a single. Josh Maveety had the other two converts.
Brandon Whitaker and S.J. Green scored the touchdowns for Montreal (1-1). Sean Whyte had a field goal and two converts while former Ticat Sandro DeAngelis kicked a field goal.
The contest was the last of the pre-season for both teams, who have until 3 p.m. ET on Saturday to make their final roster cuts. CFL teams will open the season with 46 players on their active roster, of which 42 will dress for games.
Montreal kicks off the regular season June 30 hosting the B.C. Lions. Hamilton will open at home against Winnipeg on July 1.
Thigpen's electrifying return at 5:53 of the first came after Montreal scored to go ahead 7-3 and helped stake Hamilton to a 23-17 half-time lead.
Hamilton starter Kevin Glenn finished 13-of-25 passing for 118 yards in his first exhibition action before Porter started the second half. Offensively, the Ticats were able to move the ball and give Medlock and Wilbur plenty of chances in their battle for the club's kicking job.
Medlock hit all four of his attempts -- his longest being 34 yards. Wilbur had three field goals -- including ones from 42 and 49 yards -- but did miss a 21-yard boot late in the first half.
Ticats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille has more to consider than just kicking accuracy. Whoever wins the job will also have to handle punting and kickoff duties because Hamilton has other needs -- most notably in the secondary -- that prevent it from using two roster spots on kickers.
Hamilton tailback Avon Cobourne faced his former team for the first time. Cobourne, who helped Montreal win the last two Grey Cups before signing as a free agent with the Ticats, ran for 40 yards on six carries.
Montreal starter Anthony Calvillo saw his first action of the pre-season. The CFL's outstanding player the last two seasons completed both passes he tried for 33 yards before giving way to Adrian McPherson after three series.
McPherson was a tidy seven-of-10 passing for 116 yards and a TD before being replaced by Ricky Santos late in the first half.
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