Montreal, July 17, 2021 – The smell of football is getting stronger with every passing day of training camp, and that odour filled the air up even more on Saturday, as the team played its first intrasquad game.
Referee André Proulx, along with some of his colleagues, were on site for the occasion, in order to get ready for the season, all while getting the players used to respecting the different rules.
In the first part of the game, the defence managed to limit the number of big plays, a part from a nice Jeshrun Antwi run, and a touchdown pass to Namaan Roosevelt, who continues to prove he is a reliable target. Vernon Adams Jr. also completed a beautiful pass to Jake Wieneke on the sideline, but the referees seemed to have whistled the play dead because of a sac. Both units argued strongly following the play.
“Both sides went after it. The offence got it going for a while. It was pretty even. The defence also had a good sequence and got some sacks. We made mistakes and got too many penalties, but overall I was happy with what I saw. Our quarterback play was solid from all four of them. We had no turnovers, which was good,” said Alouettes Head Coach Khari Jones.
The defence continued to put some pressure on the quarterback throughout the game, which didn’t stop the offence from making some strong plays, notably some beautiful catches by Rashad Ross, who scored a 65-yard touchdown on the last play of the day.
Dante Absher scored a touchdown when he snagged a Matthew Shiltz pass in the end zone with his back to the play, which got his offensive teammates all riled up… Receiver Reggie White Jr. caught a nice pass from quarterback Matt Shiltz, then ran for a dozen more yards. Teammate Eugene Lewis felt proud and had nothing but compliments for him… We saw solid contacts even though it was only an intrasquad game. Several hits were hard, intense, and both sides were chirping at each other… Receiver Rashaun Simonise was impressive in the second half. He used his height to his advantage and jumped to catch a few high passes.
He said it
“My last game was at the 2019 Grey Cup. Most referees have not been on a field in almost two years. Training camp is also good for us. We will soon get back into it, and remove this rust.”
-André Proulx, CFL official for 22 years
The Alouettes released receivers Teo Redding and Nelson Spruce, defensive lineman Austrian Robinson, linebacker Kentrell Brothers, quarterback Chris Robison, as well as offensive lineman Cole Boozer.
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