Inspiring and inspiring performance


Montreal – That’s what the Alouettes needed, an inspiring performance that leads to overwhelming domination of the opponent. To start his domestic season, Montreal FC beat the Saskatchewan Rogriders 37-13.

After losing the first two games of the table by a meager sum of four points, Aloett (1-2) is still unable to start the year 0-3. The pressure will be enormous on coach Harry Jones and the players.

But under the influence of Trevor Harris, who was brilliant on his first start in 2022, the birds reached their desired height. The veteran quarterback proved worthy to replace Vernon Adams Jr. as a starter.

Harris completed 16 of 22 passes for 262 yards including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Cayon Julian Grant early in the second quarter. To be honest, it would have deserved even more completion. In short, it was perhaps his best game since joining Aloette last season to make up for Adams Jr’s injury.

“It’s a victory worth two points in the standings, but it instills a lot of confidence. However, we know the riders will come back with a better effort at home, they’ve had a short week preparing. So we’re going to turn the page on this win as we did with our loss because the goal is still improving from a week ago. for another,” Harris said wisely.

“He brings a lot of confidence to the team, he’s been playing in the CFL for 10 years and he’s still able to get a lot of things done sportingly. He manages to understand what’s going on on the ground. He’s a quality quarterback, we’ve seen him in this game, and he makes very good decisions. And he wasn’t a victim of Duran. He will continue to improve and the guys have responded well to his match,” Jones boasted.

We go so far as to say that Adams Jr., who contracted COVID-19, may be worried about his fate while watching the game. But in recent years, the reality of the CFL is no longer the same when almost all teams have to use at least quarterback players during the season. However, his salary could be annoying in his alternate role.

Since the previous season, Aloette has escaped several close matches by finding a way to go wrong in some plays. In this match, it will be difficult to target a player who is suffering.

“Not because we just won a game other teams will say we’re back. We’re going to push the envelope even further next week,” Harris added.

Unfortunately, the weather conditions were not ideal to attract spectators on match day. On the other hand, the quality of the show on the field, in front of a crowd of 16,027 fans, should encourage fans to come to the next match.

Speaking of the scene, Chandler Worthy was thrilled on the kick back. From the first play of the game, set the evening tone by dashing for 88 yards to land. Not since 2013 has an Aloette player scored in a regular season rematch! He added several impressive returns for a total distance of 205 yards and it’s Mario Alford, who is still injured, who should be asking questions.

The defensive unit also sparkled as they stomped in front of the returnees with an impressive eight quarterback sacks. It should be noted that the Roughriders had a lower readiness for two days than the Alouettes and the fatigue seemed to weigh their shoulders.

However, a special mention to Brian Harelimana who completed the first of their CFL careers. He wanted to prove that the absence of linebacker Chris Ake wouldn’t show up.

“It’s the performance we’ve come to expect and that we owe to our team. It’s the presence we should have every week, we have the team to do that,” Harlemana emphasized.

Marc-Antoine Decoy added to this persuasive presentation with an objection that leads to the downside. This was his first interception and first touchdown in the CFL. Receiver Duke Williams gave him a sweet gift by turning the ball up during a fall.

“We played at our level and I have to give credit to the fans. The energy to play here with the fans is exceptional. They were there despite the temperature, I want to thank them. It was an important win, it feels really good and boosts morale.”

Decoy and Nagy Murray, who had a solid match, each missed an opportunity to intercept Cody Fajardo earlier in the match.

To complete the picture in style, David Cote has recovered very well after missing a crucial field goal in Toronto last week. He made all five field shooting attempts including one from 48 yards.

“I’m just thinking about things we could have done better. Having said that, the defense was great, and it was great to watch them play like that. The special teams were excellent, including Côté and Worthy. In attack we did what we had to do Bt. Jones summarized.

The only downside was quarterback Shaun Jamison’s injury to his right knee late in the game as the attacking line was on the verge of wrapping up a great night.

It should be noted that the return of William Stanback, injured in the first match, was present at the meeting. That wasn’t possible for President Mario Cecchini and owner Gary Stern, who both contracted COVID-19.

Starting next Saturday, the two teams will cross again. This time in the home of the Roughriders.

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