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MONTREAL – In front of 21,522 rowdy fans, the Alouettes fell to the REDBLACKS by a score of 28 to 13 on their home opener.
Thursday proved to be a tough night for kickers in Montreal, and the theme began early when Ottawa’s Chris Milo pulled his 35-yard attempt wide right just over five minutes into the ballgame. Als return man Stefan Logan took a knee, and the REDBLACKS took a 1-0 lead.
The visitors nearly scored the game’s first major midway through the opening quarter, when Harris hit Brad Sinopoli over the middle for a lengthy pickup; Sinopoli seemed destined for pay dirt, but Chip Cox stripped him deep in Als territory. Montreal recovered, and the REDBLACKS were left to wonder what could have been.
Montreal kicker Boris Bede then levelled things up with a 52-yard punt single late in the first quarter.
Bede was also able to drill a 53-yard field goal to cut the Als deficit to nine at halftime.
Montreal clawed its way back into the game at 7:41 of the third quarter; quarterback Kevin Glenn found receiver Duron Carter, who took a hard hit but hung on to the ball, in the end zone for the hosts’ first major.
Bede added a single on the ensuing kickoff to cut the Ottawa lead to 14-13.
The Als’ comeback efforts were hampered by the absence of receivers S.J. Green (injury) and Duron Carter (ejection); Montreal’s packages were limited and the REDBLACKS were able to key in on Nik Lewis.
Don’t miss the Alouettes next home game on Friday, July 15 when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be the visitors.
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