Friday, June 7, 2019

ALOUETTES, REDBLACKS FINISH PRE-SEASON FINALE IN TIE

The Montreal Alouettes and the Ottawa REDBLACKS finished their pre-season action with a tie, 20-20, on Thursday night.
The Alouettes quarterbacks impressed at Molson Percival Stadium, as Antonio Pipkin and Vernon Adams Jr.both threw touchdown passes. Pipkin finished his night connecting on five of 10 passes for 107 yards and the major while Adams Jr. completed three of six for 84 yards and the touchdown.
DeVier Posey hauled in his first touchdown as Montreal Alouette, a pass from Pipkin, while Quan Bray caught an Adams pass in the end zone.
Jonathan Newsome scored a fumble recovery touchdown for the REDBLACKS while quarterback Will Arndt scored on a QB sneak.
The REDBLACKS split quarterback duties between Arndt and Danny Collins, as Dominique Davis, who was named the starter for the regular season this week, and Jonathon Jennings sat out of the contest.
Arndt finished his night completing 16 of 23 passes for 184 yards and an interception while Collins completed 12 of 20 for 127 and an interception.
Pipkin wasted no time getting his team on the scoreboard first in their home stadium. On the Alouettes third play from scrimmage, Pipkin found DeVier Posey for the touchdown strike. The 72-yard major score, along with a completed convert, gave the Alouettes an early lead over Ottawa (7-0).
On the team’s next possession, Boris Bede missed a 47-yard field goal attempt and the REDBLACKS conceded a safety, adding a single point to the Als lead (8-0).
The REDBLACKS responded on their next drive, as Arndt moved his team down the field and plunged into the end zone for the team’s first score of the contest. Aided by a pass interference called on Alouettes defensive back Tommy Campbell in the end zone, Ottawa moved down to the one-yard line to set up the QB sneak. After a failed two-point convert, the visiting team cut the Alouettes lead to 8-6.
The teams traded field goals in the second quarter, as the defences held strong for each. Bede added a 26-yard field goal to start the second quarter for the home team increasing the Alouettes lead to 11-6. With under three minutes left in the half, Jose Maltos booted a 13-yard field goal to make it a two-point game (11-9).
Although it has been said that Pipkin will be the Alouettes starter this season, Vernon Adams Jr. is still competing hard and trying to prove he’s the best option for that spot. Adams Jr. entered the game on the Als next possession and found Quan Bray for back-to-back completions, first a 48-yard completion and followed by a 27-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown strike, along with a completed convert, gave Montreal a 18-9 lead.
That would be the last scoring play of the first half.
Montreal started the second half building off of the momentum they had to finish the first. Adams Jr. continued to command the offence, moving his team down the field but could not finish off the drive with a major score.
The Alouettes continued to shuffle their quarterbacks to make sure they all got enough reps as Matt Shiltz took over at quarterback on the team’s next possession.
Both team’s defences held strong in the third quarter, as only a single was scored on either side of the scoreboard.
The REDBLACKS tacked on a 26-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to cut the Alouettes lead to 19-13.
Jonathan Newsome recovered a fumble for the REDBLACKS, after Jeff Mathews was sacked and stripped of the ball, and returned it 53 yards for the major score. That gave Ottawa a 20-19 lead, their first of the contest, with just over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Alouettes tacked on a single on their next possession, tying things up 20-20.
Montreal attempted to move down the field and score for the win but Hugo Richard was picked off and the return set up the REDBLACKS for a game-winning drive with less than a minute left.
The REDBLACKS were unable to convert, however, and the score ended in a tie.
Next up for the Ottawa REDBLACKS is a trip to Calgary to take on the Stampeders in a Grey Cup rematch while the Alouettes head to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos in the first regular season action of 2019.

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