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Hamilton Tiger-Cats blow by Montreal Alouettes 39-24 at Ivor Wynne Stadium

Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Daryl Stephenson, right, celebrates his touchdown with teammate Bakari Grant against the Montreal Alouettes during CFL football action in Hamilton, Saturday, July 21, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/J.P. Moczulski
July 21, 2012 - 10:09 PM

HAMILTON - Henry Burris threw four touchdown passes to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to a 39-24 win over the Montreal Alouettes at Ivor Wynne Stadium in CFL action Saturday night.

After a second straight victory, Hamilton improves to 2-2 and is tied atop the East Division with Montreal (2-2) and Toronto (2-2), who beat Winnipeg 25-22 on Wednesday night. The Ticats hold an early edge in the tiebreaker race against both teams.

Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw three touchdown passes, but his one interception early in the game led to an eventual Hamilton touchdown as his Alouettes fell behind early and couldn’t catch up.

Chevon Walker scored two touchdowns for Hamilton, while Bakari Grant, Daryl Stephenson and Andy Fantuz also added TDs. Brandon Whitaker, Brandon London and Patrick Lavoie scored for Montreal.

Hamilton kicker Luca Congi made one of two field-goal attempts, missing his first from 32 yards and making a 22-yarder. Montreal kicker Sean Whyte missed a 49-yarder and made one from 45.

Walker can thank an embarrassing miscue by Hamilton receiver Chris Williams for his second TD. Williams could have had his fourth kick-return TD in three games when he appeared to run back a missed field goal 118 yards in the second quarter.

But without a Montreal defender anywhere near him, Williams turned around and began trotting backwards to the endzone. He was hauled down at the one-yard line by Brian Ridgeway. Walker ran it in on the next play.

With the Ticats up 32-10 at halftime, Calvillo and the Als began to pick away at the lead.

In the third, Calvillo struck midway through the quarter, needing just two plays on a drive to score a TD – a 32-yard strike to London – to pull to 32-17. He ended the quarter with a 92-yard drive in eight plays, hitting Lavoie for a 12-yard TD strike and the lead was cut to 32-24.

But the Hamilton offence finally answered to start the fourth, with Burris leading a 64-yard drive in three plays, finding Fantuz in the endzone for a 26-yard score and a little more breathing room at 39-24.

Looking for a second late comeback win in a row, Montreal twice converted third-down plays on a drive with less than five minutes left in the game, getting to the Hamilton 20 with two minutes left. But the Ticat defence held.

Hamilton scored on its first two possessions of the game to take a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Rey Williams intercepted Calvillo at the Hamilton 50 on Montreal’s first possession and returned it 53 yards to the eight. Burris hit Grant on the very next play for the score.

On their next possession, the Ticat offence drove 65 yards on 12 plays, aided by illegal contact and forward pass interference penalties against Montreal. Burris faked to running back Walker, a key player on the drive, and then lobbed the ball to Stephenson for a one-yard score.

Montreal answered immediately when Calvillo hit S.J. Green for a 54-yard catch-and-run to the Hamilton 13. Three plays later, he hit Whitaker for a three-yard TD.

In the second quarter, a blocked punt by Hamilton’s Darcy Brown gave Hamilton the ball on Montreal’s 40. The Ticats got to the 12 before a quarterback sack pushed the ball to the 25, and Congi missed a 32-yarder — his first field-goal attempt since Week 1.

Whyte missed his 49-yard field goal attempt wide right, leading to Williams’ ill-fated 117-yard return and Walker’s eventual TD for the 22-7 lead.

Whyte hit a field goal from 45 yards, but Hamilton answered with a 75-yard drive in five plays that ended with a five-yard TD strike from Burris to Walker and the 29-10 Hamilton lead.

A Congi 22-yard field goal as time expired made it 32-10 at the half.

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