Don't think for one minute that the Montreal Alouettes aren't ready to defend the Grey Cup.

Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw for three touchdowns and ran one in himself as Montreal thrashed the Ottawa Renegades 54-23 in CFL exhibition action Saturday.

The Montreal pivot was on the top of his game, throwing for 290 yards and completing 16 of 25 passes in less than three quarters of play.

"AC was solid today," Als coach Don Matthews said. "He scattered his passes well."

Despite the convincing victory, Calvillo thinks the Als still have some work to do before the regular season kicks off.

"We're almost there," Calvillo said of his offence's timing. "There's still a lot of work left to do, but we did some good things. Now we have to begin using our ground game more. It'll come."

Ben Cahoon caught two of the Alouettes' seven touchdowns on the day, and Renegades quarterback Dan Crowley had one rushing touchdown.

The Renegades knotted the game at 17-17 late in the first half thanks to a 101-yard fumble recovery by Chandler Smith. The Renegades let their guard down, though, as Montreal scored two touchdowns in less than a minute to go into halftime up 31-17.

The game was played at the University of Laval's PEPS Stadium in Quebec City, the first-ever CFL game to be played in that city.

with files from CP Online