RDS and RDS Direct will air the match between the Alouettes and the Roughriders starting at 7pm on Saturday.
From their first offensive possession, the Alouettes managed to enter the pay zone. Trevor Harris, however, suffered a quarterback sack in the second down and Montreal had to settle for a field goal to open the scoring.
Then, at the end of the first quarter, the Alouettes defense missed coverage at the expense of Mitchell Picton. He took the opportunity to take a pass from Cody Fajardo in the end zone to put the drivers ahead.
But the Alouettes had more than one ace up their sleeve. Over the next few seconds, Chandler Worthy returned an extra 84-yard punt to restore the lead to Montreal. Worthy scored a return touchdown for the second straight game.
With 70 seconds left in the first half, Riders kicker Brett Lauther scored a 57-yard long field goal to reduce the gap to 13-11.
Saskatchewan quickly responded to the charge for the 3rd quarter. Jamal Morrow made a 12-yard run to reach the end zone and restore the Roughriders’ four-point lead.
The Riders returned to work mid-shift. Fajardo made a stealth quarterback, then Saskatchewan managed to make a two-point conversion to take a 25-13 lead.
MONTREAL – Playing with the same team for two weeks in a row requires a completely different preparation. This is what the Montreal Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will experience on Saturday.
The Alouettes (1-2) absolutely cannot trust what the Riders (2-1) showed them as play patterns in the Montreal team’s 37-13 victory last Thursday at Percival-Molson Stadium.
“The past is not to be taken for granted; we have to reset the counter, analyzed the coach of the offensive line, Luc Brodeur-Jourdain. Winning teams do this: they turn the page on the past and only care about the future. We expect more pressure from them: since the beginning of the season they have shown more blitz, more pressure. Against us they played in a more reserved way. “
“You have to think of them as two completely different games,” guard Kristian Matte said. There will always be lineup changes due to injury or other. But even if it’s the same team, it’s different. On the other hand, we are starting to see trends: we will know a little about how they do things, but for them it is the same. “
Coach Khari Jones had a slightly more nuanced view.
“Teams are what they are – there are some matches you plan and some things you do automatically,” he noted. They know a little what we will do and we know what they will do, but it is clear that there will be differences. It is the team that will play best, which will perform the best that will win.
“On both sides, I’m sure he has games that weren’t used in the first game. And there are also things we discovered in this game. We’ll do our best, hoping that’s enough.”
Advantage in the home
Taking on the Riders at home at Mosaic Stadium over the Canada Day weekend promises to be another challenge for the Alouettes.
“It will be supercharged; it will be a party, said André Bolduc, the deputy technical director. There is their job: they take care of their team. It should be full and loud.
“We will have to manage the first five minutes with the noise, the cheering crowd. Then they will sit down. It would be fun for us to have a sustained first streak or force them to kick fast. “
“Playing there is always difficult with their new stadium and noise,” admitted Jones. But I love playing in this atmosphere, I think our players like it too. In the end, these are two teams playing soccer and everything around them doesn’t really matter. We have to do what we have to do. “
The Alouettes have also taken the necessary steps to prepare for all this noise, training under the noise of the crowds throughout the week.
“We worked on quiet cadences, as we always do before a game in Regina, Winnipeg or Ottawa – places where crowds can become a problem,” said quarterback Trevor Harris. It can become a problem when the center and offensive line don’t get along, but football is football. “
“It is expected to be noisy, especially after the week they had last week,” added Matte. It is always difficult to play in Saskatchewan and it is always difficult to win two consecutive games against the same team. As for communication, we practiced all week with a lot of noise. “
The Alouettes will take advantage of their first week off after this game, before returning to play for the match against the Edmonton Elks at home on 14 July.