Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Alouettes 20, Redblacks 16

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Backup quarterback Matthew Shiltz came off the bench and led the Alouettes to a late and dramatic scoring as Montreal edged the Ottawa Redblacks 20-16 Monday afternoon in front of 15,236 Molson Stadium spectators.

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Shiltz entered the game with two minutes left after Vernon Adams Jr. was injured with the ball on the Als ’45 -yards line. Shiltz passed 16 yards to Kaion Julien-Grant, then connected with BJ Cunningham for 19 yards, before Shiltz got 17 yards a draw.

Tailback Cameron Artis-Payne then scored on a round of seven yards at 2:36 p.m. It was Montreal’s first win at home this season, improving the record to 4-4. Adams passed five yards to Jake Wieneke early before David Côté kicked two field goals.

Lewis Ward kicked four field goals and added four more points on safety opportunities that Montreal player Joseph Zema conceded for the Redblacks, now 2-7.

Als could not have started the game more randomly. The Redblacks took the initial kickoff, but their rookie quarterback, Caleb Evans, was fired on two games in a row, falling for losses on seven yards by Almondo Sewell and Jamal Davis, the latter replacing the injured Antonio Simmons.

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Montreal then scored on its opening possession and went 61 yards on just three games. The series began with Adams joining Eugene Lewis for a 32-yard pass. It was followed by a 24-yard run by Artis-Payne. The former Carolina Panther replaced CFL-rushing manager William Stanback, who missed the game with a rib injury.

Als then immediately took advantage of a collapse in the Ottawa secondary. Adams joined a wide open Wieneke for a five-yard touchdown at 3:08 p.m.

It certainly seemed like the home team was going to bury the red-blues. But once again, Als lacked a killer instinct. Nothing comes easy for this team.

Evans was fired a third time – this time by linebacker Chris Ackie – in Ottawa’s next series and was forced to strike.

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But the Redblacks finally generated a number of offenses at the end of the quarter.

A pass to DeVonte Dedmon was good for a win of 15 yards. Tailback De’Lance Turner then got 15 yards. At the opening game of the second quarter, Ward kicked a 35-yard field goal to get the visitors on the scoreboard.

Als seemed ready to increase their lead in their next series thanks to a 20-yard pass to the always reliable Wieneke. But by scrimmage from Ottawa 23, Adams attempted a sideline pass to Lewis. However, the ball was cleared off the boot of the defender, Brandin Dandridge.

It was the ninth interception thrown this season by Adams.

Rødblacks snuck closer when Zema admitted a safety at 6:33 in the period. Ottawa took an 8-7 lead on Wards ’21-yard field goal at 2:25 p.m., set up by Evans’ 36-yard scamper.

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Als regained their scoring touch after the break, even though they had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns.

Montreal took a 10-8 lead on Côtés’ 45-goal field goal in 4:42.

After an interception by Als defensive back Najee Murray on a tipped pass, Côté increased the lead to 13-8 with a 26-yard field goal of 8:43.

Adams scored 20 yards on the drive and avoided a serious injury on the game when Ottawa defensive back Abdul Kanneh left his feet and delivered what appeared to be a header. It was not long before hostilities began to break out between the two clubs.

Just before Côté’s kick, cornerback Sherrod Baltimore almost caught Adams.

Ward kicked a 32-yard field goal late in the third quarter and then the Reds took a one-lead with his 25-year-old at 6:53 in the fourth period.

The same two teams meet again Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.

hzurkowsky@postmedia.com

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