MONTREAL - The fourth time was indeed the charm for Scott Flory.
The Montreal Alouettes guard was named the CFL's outstanding lineman Thursday at its annual awards banquet. Gene Makowsky of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a two-time recipient of the honour, was the finalist.
Voting for the award was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada as well as the eight CFL head coaches.
The six-foot-four, 300-pound Flory, a native of Regina, had been a finalist for this award on three other separate occasions, including in 2005 when he finished behind Makowsky, a Saskatoon native, in the voting.
Flory, 32, helped anchor a Montreal offensive line that surrendered a league-low 22 sacks and allowed quarterback Anthony Calvillo complete a league-high 472 passes for 5,633 yards and a league-best 43 touchdowns. The Alouettes offence also led the CFL in scoring (32.4 points per game), total yards (429 per game), pass attempts (712), completions (495) and passing percentage (69.5 per cent).
Makowsky, a 13-year veteran, showed his versatility this year by playing guard, tackle and centre for the Riders.