CFL: A tough night for the Alouettes against Rouge et Noir


MONTREAL – After many other adventures off the pitch, the Alouettes were finally able to focus on football, but the Montreal team had a difficult night, losing 38-24 to the Ottawa Redblacks.

Montreal (4-7) therefore missed the opportunity to record the third consecutive victory and slightly behind Ottawa (3-8) in the standings.

In all transparency, few positive elements were detected in the birds. First, Trevor Harris struggled in what was the first game since the exchange of Vernon Adams Jr .. The veteran quarterback had two interceptions in addition to dropping the ball which led to a touchdown.

“We’ve had four turnovers and the blame is on me first,” admitted Harris.

Nothing to do, the offensive line did not provide the desired protection. Ottawa also found a way to win the clash on a few occasions when the Alouettes fielded an extra player on the line.

We were about to tell you that the performance of the ball carriers turned out to be an exception. But, during a comeback attempt in the last quarter, Jeshrun Antwi committed an expensive fumble. Too bad for his partner Walter Fletcher who deserves one of the few stars of the book.

Rouge et Noir led 28-17 at the end of the match and had no problem crossing the pitch to add the touchdown that stunned the Montreal pitch. A late touchdown from Jake Wieneke didn’t change the game’s story.

“You cannot afford to think that you will come out and they will give you points in the standings. I hope our players look in the mirror, collectively, everyone. We will have to ask ourselves what kind of team we want to be for the future, “identified Danny Maciocia, GM and interim head coach.

“We lost through turnovers. We must continue to work to correct things. Every defeat is bad, but even worse after a week’s farewell, “complained receiver and big competitor Eugene Lewis.

On the defensive side, it was especially painful for the secondaries against an offense that doesn’t belong to the elite of the CFL. Quarterback Nick Arbuckle was able to take advantage of missed tackles, bad running angles and lost battles against receivers. Also, on an evening that was too easy for him, no dismissal was obtained at his expense.

“Collectively, we didn’t play well. I would like to think that we are much better than this performance. But we have to live up to our talent and we didn’t do it ”, Maciocia reacted without wanting to publicly criticize this unit.

“It was important, it’s extremely disappointing to lose like this. It just makes us understand that nothing is taken for granted in this circuit. We had to play good football, but it was a difficult match for us, “admitted Marc-Antoine Dequoy, who was one of the players who made mistakes in defense.

A frustrating return from leave for the Alouettes

Ironically, the Alouettes were disciplined in this game. But they found another way to complicate life with the total of four turnovers.

On July 21, the Als had beaten Rouge et Noir in a snatch. It is therefore an important rematch for Ottawa who can still believe in the playoffs.

As a result, it’s even more surprising because Ottawa had only enjoyed five days off after his previous meeting in Edmonton.

So, one wonders how much Christophe Normand’s disturbing story, Gary Stern’s retirement from day-to-day club operations and Adams Jr.’s swap may have influenced players. But, we have to admit, Montreal’s performance fell short.

“If so, that also disappoints me a lot. We have to face all these adversities. We knew there was a lot going on, we discussed it. We said to focus on what we can control, but we didn’t. I hope this is a lesson learned for everyone, “Maciocia noted.

The Montreal troop will want to resume next Friday against the BC Lions and Adams Jr. who will be more than motivated.

Eugene Lewis scores the 1st touchdown of the game

Harris fumbles and Ottawa takes advantage of it

A 4th turnover against the Alouettes

Finally a first touchdown for Jake Wieneke

Disappointing performance of the Alouettes in front of their fans


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