MONTREAL – At first glance, it looks like the Montreal Alouettes had a solid performance against the Rouge et Noir of Ottawa, which they beat 38-5. On closer inspection, however, it should be noted that the visitors had only three starters in their formation, whereas Jacques Chapdelaine’s troupe had about thirty.
Led by Darian Durant, who made his first start in his new uniform, the Montreal attack exploded for 16 points in the first quarter and returned to the locker room with a 29-0 lead.
The first points of the premises are however due to the relentlessness of the special units. From the kickoff, Mikaël Charland lost the ball to Shakir Bell. A few games after recovering this escape, Boris Bédé made the first of his three placements of the evening on 30 yards.
Two rounds later, Durant joined Tiquan Underwood on 28 yards to make 10-0. Then, after forcing the Red and Black to clear, Durant and BJ Cunningham joined forces on 55 yards for another major. After a failed two-point change, the Als led 16-0.
Durant left the game after this series. The veteran completed seven of his 12 assists for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Reassuring performance.
Adams takes over
It was then Vernon Adams Jr. who took over the reins of the team. While Matthew Shiltz is tipped to advance as No. 2 quarterback, Adams has again been staggering.Despite this, he did enough for the Alouettes to add 13 points: 40 and 37 yards from Bédé, as well as a touchdown on a six-yard run by Brandon Rutley.
At the end of the break, Adams started off the Alouettes by being caught on his very first pass. But the Montreal defense again limited the opposing attack to two games before forcing it to clear and Adams was able to recover.
He led the Alouettes on 96 yards on the next series, crowned by a four-yard touchdown pass to George Johnson, who also captured an eight-yard pass on the two-point transformation to make 37-0.
Adams finally completed 10 of his 19 passes for 109 yards, a performance that was unsurprisingly superior to the one he offered last week.
As for Shiltz, who entered with a seven-minute lead in the third quarter, he was stopped on his first pass attempt, leading to the first three points of the Rouge et Noir on a 23-yard Brett Maher placement.
Shiltz had only four rounds, and he only completed three of his six passes for 22 yards. He added 14 yards to the ground in two races. Rewarded by the head coach the day before, Shiltz may have given up his post to Adams with this underperformance. Jacory Harris completed the game behind the center for the winners.