Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alouettes Brown Says Individual Honour Is Nice, but Team Effort Needed vs Ticats

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alouettes Brown Says Individual Honour Is Nice, but Team Effort Needed vs Ticats

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Als' Brown says team effort needed vs Ticats


MONTREAL - When things were falling apart for the B.C. Lions in the CFL East Division semifinal, defensive back Jerald Brown made some Montreal Alouettes team history.

Just after the Lions had something positive happen, a Tim Brown kickoff return to the Montreal 12-yard line, Brown scooped up a fumble and ran a team-record 103 yards for a touchdown to put the Alouettes at the half-century mark in what would be a 50-17 victory.

That, and the stellar play of a Montreal defence that held B.C. to 102 passing yards, earned Brown CFL defensive player of the week honours on Tuesday.

He'll try to keep up the strong defensive play when the Alouettes face the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton in the East final on Sunday.

"That's cool, but it's about our team," said Brown. "I accept it and I appreciate it, but it's just another week for me.

"We've got to go out and win. That's all we're focused on. It's not about individuality. We've got to get it done as a team."

The Alouettes are looking to stay on the roll that saw them rebound from a 1-7 start to the season to finish 9-9, good for second place in the East. Then they beat the 9-9 Lions to get a shot at still another 9-9 club in Hamilton.

The Alouettes and Ticats met in the regular season finale for both clubs on Nov. 8, with Hamilton getting the 29-15 win and first place based on points differential between the teams this season.

Now they are set to meet again, with rainy but relatively warm 8 C weather in the forecast. The Alouettes have not won an away game against Hamilton in four years.

In their last meeting, played in wind, snow and cold, the Ticats dominated while ending the fumble-prone Alouettes's six-game winning streak. It left the Ticats unbeaten in six games at the new Tim Hortons Field.

"This is a new ballgame," said Brown. "You win and you move on and you lose you go home. Anything prior to this game is irrelevant."

The Alouettes will be boosted by their best offensive display of the season against B.C. They scored six offensive touchdowns, including a pair of TD passes by Jonathan Crompton, the awkward but effective pivot who took over as a starter just when the team turned its season around. …

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