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Roughriders 13 – Alouettes 37 | A landslide victory with a Quebec flavor

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Playing their first local game on the evening of June 23, the Alouettes garnered input from several Quebec players in a 37-13 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. A victory they desperately needed after two heartbreaking defeats at the start of their season.

Updated yesterday at 11:39 pm

Miguel Bujold

Miguel Bujold
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Khari Jones’s team played a near-perfect match on Thursday night. He led 37-6 before a late touchdown with no impact from the guests.

Special teams set the tone; Trevor Harris and the offense did the right thing and made no serious mistakes; and the defense was dominant with eight sacks and three interceptions. In short, the 16,027 spectators had an excellent evening despite the gloomy weather.

Now it should be clear: the Alouettes still want to play for Jones.

“It’s always a good feeling to win a win. We got a great effort from all of our players against a great opponent. I hope our players have seen the kind of team we could form, ”commented Jones, who could hardly have wished for a better start for the team than him.

In the first play, return specialist Chandler Worthy beat the Roughriders cover team for an 88-yard touchdown. Worthy, who replaces regular comeback Mario Alford with an abdominal injury, was brilliant, scoring 205 yards over seven returns. Note that a penalty nullified Worthy’s second touchdown, a 73-yard play …


PHOTO GRAHAM HUGHES, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Chandler worthy

My goal was to go 200 yards tonight and that’s what I did. I am happy to have helped the team to win and to have been the candle.

Chandler worthy

Another special team player stood out: David Côté. A week after missing a 21-yard field goal that cost his team victory, the Quebecer were perfect, hitting his five field goal attempts. Ironically, his first of the night went 21 yards …

Like the special teams, the Montreal defense shone and gave quarterback Cody Fajardo a tough night, who completed 17 of the 28 passes for 191 yards and 2 interceptions. It was his reserve Mason Fine who launched the third.


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Jamal Morrow and Cody Fajardo

In his third CFL start, Marc-Antoine Dequoy had his first career interception and touchdown, a 21-yard play that put him at 30-6. With a few minutes left to play in the third quarter, there was no longer any doubt that it was the night of the Alouettes.

“We played at the level we are capable of. Our fans have been fantastic and it’s a win that feels good. Boost morale. We had to get this win, ”commented Dequoy, grinning through gritted teeth.

“It was on the bench that I fully understood that I had just scored a touchdown, after receiving 18 touches on the helmet! ”

Another young Quebec defender stood out. In his early career start, Brian Harelimana, a former Carabin, had two layoffs. Lavallois replaced Chris Ackie with an ankle injury. Ackie came to congratulate Harelimana on the pitch after the match.

We knew we had the team to play this way. There is a lot of pride in our dressing room. I knew I could make great plays in this league, but I still have things to learn, “said Harelimana.

All of Barron Miles’ defense played well, but especially Almondo Sewell and Michael Wakefield, who had two sacks each, and Najee Murray, who had her first interception of the season on her first start.

Curiously, the Alouettes scored 37 points, but only one touchdown in attack, that of Kaion Julien-Grant. The Canadian receiver received a long pass from Trevor Harris for a greater than 70 yards.

Harris used every player at his disposal, with eight of them receiving at least one pass. He completed 16 of the 22 passes for 262 yards. Above all, he was not responsible for any reversals.

“It gives us a lot of confidence. He has 10 years of experience in this league and is a quality quarterback. He makes good decisions and has protected the ball well tonight, ”summed up Jones.

“We will have to face this team again, this time in Regina [le 2 juillet], where it is never easy to play. The best teams are capable of winning more games in a row, “recalled Harris.

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