The Alouettes were defeated 23-16 in front of the Lions
Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The half corner montreal Gabriel Knapton attempts to tackle the half attacking Jeremiah Johnson.
After having scored only 15 points in the first three quarters, the Lions of British Columbia and the Montreal Alouettes have listed 23 in the fourth. Unfortunately for the 18 728 spectators gathered in the stade Percival-Molson, they are the visitors who have had the advantage, 23-16.
It is the hit of Travis Lulay, scored on a short run of two yards, that made the difference. Yet, Darian Durant and the Alouettes (1-2) had the chance to level again on the mark in picking up the ball with 2:34 to go. But an interception by Anthony Gaitor on a third attempt and four yards to cross over is coming to seal the end of this meeting.
The pass from Durant was widely short on the game. “I was trying only to make a game, explained the quarter after the meeting. It was on a third trial, I didn’t want to make me join behind the line of scrimmage. I wanted to give a chance to my receiver by throwing the ball in the air. It was 50-50. “
It is again the attack which has been lacking in this meeting to the local, limited to a third output of a row to 19 points or less. She had not received that first 19 games and has collected only 334 yards in total.
“The players are working hard, but it does not always work intelligently, pointed out head coach Jacques Chapdelaine. It is necessary to avoid the punishment also, so that we can continue our sequences, or stop those of the opponent. “
“There’s a lot of intensity on both sides of the ball […], but they still did not survive our blunders. “
During, especially, will need to do more. Even though he completed 24 of his 36 passes for 245 yards, it has not launched touchdown and has been the victim of an interception — almost two.
“There are only three matches played, it’s a long season, said the quarter. I have already been a part of teams that have lost five games in a row and won the Grey cup. It’s a long season. “
Maybe we should also give up the ball more often to Tyrell Sutton ? The one who scored the only hit of his own, has offered a good performance on the ground with 54 yards in nine races.
“Everyone on this team could ask for more the ball, but has been argued by Sutton. Nik Lewis, Tiquan Underwood, B. J. Cunningham. We would like all the ball more often. Things have not turned on our side and we must return to the job. “
Fourth quarter removing
After a first half very quiet, which was completed with a score of 6-6, the defence of Alouettes believed to have dealt a hard blow to the hopes of the Lions in the third quarter, when Kyries Hebert has diverted a pass from Jonathon Jennings (28 of 39, 288 yards, one touchdown) in the hands of Tyree Hollins in the territory of the visitors. But Wally Buono challenged the decision of the officials, saying that Hebert had committed obstruction on the play.
The recovery has given him reason and the Lions have been able to return the ball to perform a push up to the line 6 of the Alouettes. Ty Long has then successfully completed a placement of 13 yards to get a lead of 9-6 to his own.
On the next sequence, two big games, of Sutton, including a run of 17 yards, have allowed Boris Bede of leveling the brand with an investment of 45 yards. Bede has once again been solid with three investments, including one from 51 yards.
In turn, the Lions have scored points immediately. Johnson has registered his second hit of the game on a run of a yard, after a penalty for obstruction against Hollins had made progress in the attack of the visitors from 30 yards out.
Many believed, then, that the Alouettes, who have struggled to generate attack since the beginning of the campaign, were cooked. But During has experienced a great sequence, completing passes of 27 yards to Underwood and 34 yards to Cunningham to bring his people to the line 5.
He then played in luck : while his pass to Ernest Jackson in the end zone was intercepted by Tony Burnett and brought back on the whole distance, Ronnie Yell has been punished for contact, illegal on Jackson and the Larks have returned to the line 2.
On the next play, Sutton scored his first major of the season, to make it 16-16. The Alouettes, however, were unable to continue in this vein and they have squandered the victory.