It was the curtain raiser on the Bombers’ home season and the second game of the regular season for both teams. The Alouettes entered the game with a 1-0 record after their Week #1 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, while the Bombers were looking for win #1 after dropping a 38-23 decision to the Toronto Argonauts. The Alouettes drew first blood as RB Mike Pringle took it across the goal line from 2 yards out. Terry Baker added the convert at 4:08 of the opening frame. The Bombers got that major back, as SB Bruce Boyko hauled in a 4-yard pass from Chris Vargas at 11:58. The Troy Westwood convert would round out the first quarter scoring with the two teams tied at 7. Montreal grabbed the lead again at 12:06 of the second quarter as QB Tracy Ham carried the ball into the end zone from 3 yards away. Baker’s convert attempt was good putting the Als in front by a 14-7 margin after one half of play. Pringle widened the Montreal lead 4:08 into the third period with a 20‐yard rushing TD. The Baker convert upped their lead to 14 points at 21-7. The Bombers countered back with a rushing TD of their own at 13:29 as RB Ronald Williams plunged over from 1-yard out. The Westwood convert trimmed the Als’ lead to just 7. The Bombers pulled to within 1 at 1:56 as Williams added his second 1-yard rushing TD of the game. The Westwood convert attempt was good making the score 21-21. Westwood then connected on a 29-yard FG attempt at 8:44 to give the Bombers their first lead of the game. However, the see-saw battle continued when Baker put a 20‐yard FG attempt through the uprights at 12:19 setting the stage for a thrilling finish. The game came down to the final play as Baker lined up a 30-yard FG which split the uprights giving the Alouettes win #2 on the season and handed the Bombers their second loss of the young ’97 campaign.
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