Thursday, May 31, 2018

REDBLACKS TOP ALS IN PRE-SEASON OPENER

Danny Collins threw for 185 yards and a touchdown while kicker Lewis Ward hit four field goals in the REDBLACKS’ 27-7 win over Montreal in Thursday night’s pre-season action.
Collins and fellow backup Dominique Davis each threw a touchdown in relief of starter Trevor Harris, who left early in the game with a knee injury but returned to the sidelines in the second half to ride a bike.
For the Alouettes, Drew Willy completed four of six passes for 53 yards during his brief appearance, highlighted by a 22-yard completion to Eugene Lewis and an 18-yard connection with B.J. Cunningham. The 31-year-old led the Als to a pair of field goals before ceding his spot under centre to Matt Shiltz.
Already trailing 6-0 soon after kickoff, the REDBLACKS experienced a scare when their starting quarterback needed help leaving the field.
Harris, who threw 30 touchdowns in 2017, left the game midway through the first quarter with an apparent knee injury. Facing pressure in the backfield, the 32-year-old pivot took a low hit and threw an interception on his delivery.
Harris limped off the field and was ruled out for the night, though Head Coach Rick Campbell told TSN he did not think the injury was “overly serious.”
Backup Dominique Davis entered the game on the next drive and made an immediate impact, throwing for 70 yards and a touchdown to give the REDBLACKS the lead to cap off the first quarter.
“They did a good job,” Campbell said of Davis and fellow backup Danny Collins, who combined for 265 passing yards.  “They are composed guys and can make a few things happen with their feet.”
Montreal could not find their footing following Willy’s departure in the first half and turned the ball over twice on fumbles. REDBLACKS kicker Lewis Ward nailed 44-and 43-yard field goal to extend Ottawa’s lead to 14-6 at halftime.
The Als and REDBLACKS traded momentum throughout the third quarter, though neither team was able to capitalize. Schiltz found Lewis for a 41-yard catch-and-run, while Collins led Ottawa inside the redzone only to be picked off by Khalid Wooten in the end zone.
The REDBLACKS padded their lead late in the third quarter with Ward’s third field goal of the game, which gave Ottawa a 10-point lead heading into the final quarter. He would add another midway through the fourth quarter before Collins and Kieren Duncan connected for a 54-yard touchdown to put Ottawa up 27-7.

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