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September 19, 2018

Revenge against the Lions could taste even sweeter for Tommie Campbell

The longest pass play in Grey Cup history happened last year. Remember? A 100-yard play from Ricky Ray to then Argonauts spark plug DeVier Posey. Breathtaking.

Defensive Back Tommie Campbell sure remembers it. He was covering Posey and sprinted behind him, fighting until the receiver leaped into the end zone.

Tonight, at McGill stadium the Alouettes will be seeking a third consecutive win and revenge against the BC Lions. The team that currently sits in fifth place in the West Division got the best of Coach Sherman’s squad in the last minutes of the very first game of the season.

Revenge would taste sweet. Even sweeter for Tommie Campbell since Posey was acquired by BC earlier this week.

“The snow isn’t going to save him this year, said TC, always cool as ice. I hope they target me. Sometimes, I make teams throw the ball at me. If I do that, I just have to make sure I’m able to make the play.”

It says a lot on a defensive back character. Some will say it’s arrogance. We prefer calling it confidence. And a confident defence is what we have here in Montreal.

The group led by Coach Stubler started gaining some traction a few weeks ago in Edmonton. Sometimes, after a bye week, guys can feel a little rusty. Not this group. Not this time. The energy is so high at practice that, on Tuesday, when Jermaine Robinson knocked down a ball thrown to Geno Lewis on a one on one, the entire unit went berserk. We’re talking jumping over fences berserk.

“The group is jelled together, Tommie explains. It takes a while for everybody to start trusting each other, I think we’re there now. We’re able to capitalize on our strengths and understand what each one of us likes to do in different situations.”

Some will look at the stats and point out how many the yards the defence is allowing opposing teams to get, but according to TC, it’s all about points.

“In the last couple of games, we were able to keep teams from scoring a lot of points. If they get down in the red zone, we’re making them kick field goals. We weren’t doing that at the beginning of the year and it makes a big difference. Ottawa didn’t score a TD against us. Toronto only scored one on a lucky ball.”

The guys on defence have stepped up their game and the offence is right there with them.

Tomorrow, young QB Antonio Pipkin will be starting under centre once again. The 23-year old was the first quarterback in Alouettes history to throw for more than 300 yards and score two TDs on the ground. At his second start with the team, nonetheless.

“Pip just stays himself, says a smiling B.J. Cunningham. He brings the energy level up in the locker room.” Since Pip became the number one QB, B.J.’s receiving numbers jumped from 39 yards per game to 91. Safe to say they make a pretty dynamic duo.

As a matter of fact, we’ve been trying to find BJ Cunningham’s soul mate and it might just be Pip, or Tyrell Sutton, or… could it be you?

If you think you may be the one for BJ, stop by the Bier Garden tonight and get your green singles bracelet. Yes, it’s singles night at McGill Stadium and we’re looking forward to celebrating it with you, regardless of your status!

See you there. Doors open at 6 pm.

 

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