MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes delighted the 11,273 crowd at Percival-Molson Stadium by winning 27-26 on their final drive of their final preseason game against the Ottawa Redblacks. But it’s not because of Vernon Adams Jr.’s performance.
Khari Jones may have claimed earlier this week that he had no doubts about the identity of the Alouettes’ No. 1 quarterback, but Adams was anything but reassuring, ending his short night in Montreal’s offense with three interceptions in his last four. shooting.
“It started off good, we had a touchdown and then a field goal, but then the tide turned,” Adams said. I know I have to protect the ball better. We’ll watch the movies (Saturday) and see what needs fixing. In the end, my job is to protect the ball, advance the attack and score points. »
Vernon Adams Jr. victim of lack of offensive cohesion
Adams was on the Alouettes’ first six offensive streaks, completing just six of 12 passes for 69 rushing yards. He scored the Alouettes’ first touchdown on a one-yard run after a promising first drive. However, he did not repeat himself.
This poor performance by Adams, however, did not worry his coach too much, although he did not want to confirm that he will be the starting quarterback next Thursday, in Calgary.
“I don’t think he’s done anything to change my mind in any way,” Jones said. He did good things and bad things. I know there are some of those not-so-good things that aren’t entirely his fault, but they come down on him, because he’s the quarterback. »
Adams wasn’t taken out of the game prematurely, either.
“The game plan was to send him out for a little more than a quarterback, which he did,” Jones said.
Then Trevor Harris came in and stayed on the same page, also throwing an interception on his first pass attempt. It was the fourth consecutive offensive streak that ended in an interception for the visitors.
“Fortunately, the defense prevented the opposing attack from getting into the end zone,” Jones philosophized.
Harris only participated in three streaks. He completed three of seven passes for 61 yards. Dominique Davis, who entered the game after the break, was not bad, without showing great things either. She completed her night’s work with 5-of-9 completions for 39 yards.
The Rouge et Noir, however, did not take advantage of the generosity of the Alouettes, who were still leading 17-15 four minutes into the fourth quarter. I can not stand.
Quarterback Tyrie Adams first gave the visitors the lead on a fine 36-yard run. Gabriel Ballinas came on to give the visitors a nine-point lead with less than three minutes left on a 12-yard field goal to put Ottawa up 26-17.
Adams Jr. and Harris leave a bitter taste
The Canadian League being what it is, the Alouettes scored 10 points on their last two possessions to salvage victory.
Dante Brown first made a 38-yard field goal. Then, after a good 53 pass from Davis Alexander to Fabian Guerra, Ryth-Jean Giraud carried the ball two yards to tie the game. Brown went on to score the conversion for the win.
“This kid keeps pulling rabbits out of his hat,” Jones said of Alexander. It’s interesting to watch. He made big plays in important moments. It is good that these young people find themselves in these types of situations. »
Redblacks kicker Jose Maltos completed all five of his field goal attempts, the longest of 37 yards, twice. David Côté and Matt Mengel shared the work with the Alouettes. Côté made the only attempt on him, for 44 yards. Mengel had punts for 26 and 42 yards, but missed 51.
Richards draws attention
Inserted at linebacker in the middle of the field in the second half, the first choice of last draft Tyrell Richards was not long in making itself felt.
As Ottawa threatened at the Alouettes 21-yard line, Richards violently tackled quarterback Tyrie Adams to the ground, causing him to fumble the ball. Defensive end Brock Gowanlock grabbed the ball like it was ripe fruit and rushed 44 yards. The streak allowed Mengel to get his second field goal of the game, which later made it 16-12 in favor of the hosts.
Gowanlock had a solid game, with three sacks, a fumble recovery and three tackles.
“I hope I’ve shown that I have my place on this team,” the Alouettes’ 2020 eighth-round pick said.
Adams Jr. tests his shoulder with a sneak
Nice run from Tyrie Adams, Ottawa at the helm
Spectacular gain of 53 yards from Guerra
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