Hamilton Tiger-Cats 26 @ Montreal Alouettes 36

Game Details

  • Week 8
  • 32nd Game of Regular Season (40th Overall)
  • Saturday, Aug 16, 1997 8:00 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 10,039
    • Capacity: 33,900
  • Broadcasters:
    • TSN
    • RDS

Game Notes

Game Summary

Hamilton traveled to Montreal this week hoping that their new interim Head Coach, and former Offensive Line Coach, Urban Bowman could turn things around for the struggling Tabbies. Bowman was disappointed, however, as the Alouettes jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when QB Tracy Ham scrambled into the end zone from 2 yards out just 5:42 into play. K Terry Baker was good on the convert but later was wide on a 37-yard FG attempt. The play still scored a single point, however, increasing the Montreal lead to eight. An interception by LB Edward Thomas gave Montreal excellent field position. Montreal took advantage of it as Ham rifled a 25-yard pass to SB Chris Armstrong for the major. Baker connected for the single point. Another Calvillo interception led to a 38-yard FG by Baker that sailed wide at 1:27 in the second quarter scoring the single running the score 16-0 for the Als. Baker’s next FG attempt, a 45-yarder at 3:34 of the second quarter was successful increasing the Montreal lead to 19. Newly acquired QB Rickey Foggie came into replace the struggling Calvillo and led the Tiger-Cats downfield. K Paul Osbaldiston capped the drive with a single off a 22-yard missed FG. Baker then hit for one more FG before that half was out, a 35-yard effort at 14:09 giving Montreal a 22-1 halftime advantage. Montreal continued to pour it on in the third quarter under the guidance of back-up QB Marvin Graves. Mike Pringle found the end zone on a 12-yard TD run. Baker’s convert was good at 6:59 of the quarter. Hamilton cut into the Montreal lead later in the third as Osbaldiston connected on a 47-yard FG at 10:34. Moments later, a bad snap on a punt attempt went into the end zone and a safety was conceded by Montreal. At 6:49 of the fourth quarter Hamilton scored their first major of the match when Calvillo, who had re-entered the game at the half, threw a 1‐yard strike to FB Lee Knight. Hamilton then attempted a 2-point conversion that was incomplete. Montreal stormed back during the next series scoring on a 19-yard pass from Graves to WR Jock Climie at 10:14. Baker’s convert was good increasing the Montreal lead to 24. A late rally by the Tiger-Cats was to-little-to-late, as Calvillo handed the ball to RB Archie Amerson and threw the ball to SB Mike Morreale for 1, and 35-yard TD scores respectively. Both times 2 point conversion were tried, but only the first was successful as Calvillo teamed up with Knight from 5 yards out to make the final score 36-26 for the hometown heroes.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Montreal and Hamilton Matchups
1996Week BMTL 43 @ HAM 39
Week 7HAM 22 @ MTL 29
Week 14MTL 38 @ HAM 39
Week 18HAM 41 @ MTL 45 OT
Division Semi-FinalHAM 11 @ MTL 22
1997Week AMTL 30 @ HAM 14
Week 1HAM 17 @ MTL 27
Week 8HAM 26 @ MTL 36
Week 11MTL 38 @ HAM 18

Alouettes record vs Tiger-Cats (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Montreal 4–0–0 (1.000)
  • at Hamilton 1–1–0 (0.500)
  • Montreal Total 5–1–0 (0.833)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Montreal 43–22–4 (0.652)
  • at Hamilton 22–42–2 (0.348)
  • Montreal Total 65–64–6 (0.504)

Streaks as of Aug. 16, 1997 (Regular Season)

Alouettes streak at home vs Tiger-Cats
Alouettes streak overall vs Tiger-Cats


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tiger-Cats 0 1 5 20 26
Alouettes 15 7 7 7 36

Tiger-Cats coach: Urban Bowman, Jr. (L)
Alouettes coach: Dave Ritchie, II (W)

Tiger-Cats (1-7-0) Next @ Eskimos Aug 22
Alouettes (5-3-0) Next @ Blue Bombers Aug 23

Game Time Weather in Montreal, QC

August 16th Hourly Weather Summary for Montreal
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Feels Like Pressure
McTavish 8:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 25.6°C NNE (280°) at 6 km/h 76% 34 100.50 kPa
McTavish 9:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 23.5°C NNE (290°) at 11 km/h 79% 31 100.42 kPa
McTavish 10:00 PM Partly Cloudy 22.5°C NNE (320°) at 7 km/h 83% 30 100.39 kPa
McTavish 11:00 PM Partly Cloudy 22.3°C NNE (310°) at 9 km/h 85% 30 100.35 kPa

Conditions at McTavish (6.26 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Pressure, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

League Records Set and Approached in HAM @ MTL
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)