Argos whip Alouettes as Popp takes reins in Montreal

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Updated: August 8, 2013

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) – Ricky Ray returned under center for the
Argonauts and threw for a trio of majors in Toronto’s 38-13 thrashing of the
Montreal Alouettes Thursday at Molson Stadium.

Ray, who missed last week’s victory over British Columbia with a knee injury,
didn’t miss a beat against the Als, completing 15-of-18 passes for 152 yards
before being lifted late in the second quarter with Toronto holding a
comfortable cushion.

Zach Collaros made his first CFL start last week in place of Ray and tossed
three touchdown passes. He relieved Ray on Thursday and finished 6-of-11 for
44 yards.

John Chiles caught four passes for 49 yards and a pair of scores, while Jason
Barnes added a touchdown grab of his own for the Argonauts (4-2), who have won
three straight games.

Montreal (2-4) snapped a three-game skid with a five-point victory over the
Eskimos in its last time out, but the win wasn’t enough to keep Dan Hawkins on
the sidelines, as the first-year coach was fired after just five games.

General manager Jim Popp took over coaching duties for the hosts, but the
change in leadership didn’t seem to effect the play on the field, as the
Alouettes turned the ball over seven times in the resounding setback.

Anthony Calvillo completed just 16-of-30 passes for 202 yards with a touchdown
and an interception, while Jerome Messam carried the ball 14 timed for 90
yards for Montreal.