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Thursday, June 15, 2017

DURANT SHARP IN ALS' PRESEASON FINALE

Dave Sidaway/Montreal Gazette
MONTREAL - Darian Durant threw touchdown passes to Tiquan Underwood and B.J. Cunningham in his first action as an Alouette as Montreal downed the Ottawa Redblacks 38-5 on Thursday night in CFL pre-season play.

Brandon Rutley and George Johnson also scored touchdowns for the Alouettes while Boris Bede added two field goals and a punt single before a sparse crowd announced as at Percival Molson Stadium.

Durant, a career Saskatchewan Roughrider who joined the Alouettes this season, said he felt sharp despite missing a week of camp with a sore knee.

"The main thing is I just wanted to get some live reps,'' said Durant. "Move the ball. Put some points on the board.

"We know they left a lot of guys home and it's going to be a lot tougher come the season, but it was about us going out and executing, showing that we can make plays and move the ball. I got that first drive out of my system. Threw a ball into the dirt, but after that I settled in. I also took a hit. I'm looking forward to next week when its live and we have a home game in front of our fans.''

The Alouettes open at home next Thursday against Saskatchewan, while Ottawa plays host to Calgary on June 23.

Brett Maher kicked a field goal for the Redblacks and another two points came from a safety.

The Alouettes dressed their first team while Ottawa went with second and third stringers and it showed as Montreal took a 29-0 halftime lead.

The opening kickoff was fumbled by Sharkir Bell and recovered by Bede, who turned it into a field goal at 1:44.

Durant hit Underwood with a 28-yard touchdown pass and, on the next drive, found Cunningham for a 55-yard TD. A two-point convert attempt failed.

"It was good to see he could duplicate what we did in training camp,'' coach Jacques Chapdelaine said of Durant. "I thought the cast of characters around him did a good job also.

"His eyes were good. He made some good throws and good decisions as well.''

A John Bowman fumble recovery led to a 40-yard Bede kick 5:44 into the second quarter. Rutley ran one in the from the six at 12:35 and Bede added another boot from 37 yards as the half ended.

Armageddon Draughn picked off a Vernon Adams pass at the Alouettes 51 in the opening minute of the second half but the Redblacks couldn't turn it into points. Instead, Montreal marched back and Johnson nabbed a four-yard TD pass from Adams. Johnson also caught the two-point convert.

The Redblacks got on the board 10:41 into the third when Maher kicked a 23-yard field goal after Kevin Brown picked off a Matt Shiltz pass on the Montreal 22.

Ottawa started Ryan Lindley at quarterback, followed by Austin Trainor. Danny Colins took over midway through the third.

Durant played only the first quarter for Montreal. Jacory Harris also played in the fourth.

(The Canadian Press)

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

He looked really sharp and better yet, no injuries.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Ottawa left most of their starters at home. Hard to get a handle on either team based upon this game.

Handy Andy said...

Sharp?? He looked 'sharp' with Montreal's first string offence playing against Ottawa's backup defense (I hadn't heard of any of Ottawa's starters). Ottawa's offence got zero yards in the first quarter and there were two turnovers. In addition, Darian was 7/12 (58%). Nothing to brag about.

We'll see him for real next week. Then a true measure can be taken. Go Riders!!

Anonymous said...

They say he is in mid season form....how do we know that..hasn't made it to many mid seasons lately

Morgan said...

Lol. He's a preseason warrior!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't care.

Anonymous said...

I hope he is successful in Montreal. He deserves it.

IMAGIRL

Anonymous said...

In DD we trust!

Anonymous said...

In DD we trust!

Anonymous said...

You guys are all just sour because Jones didn't find anyone to replace him, and all you DD haters wanted him gone, now you will jump on any chance to bash him because you want to be right. You and Jones were wrong. It's such a good football decision to get rid of a proven grey cup winner because he is to old. News flash 34 is not that old for a qb. But the best teams always have a qb carousel right. And now we have a 37 year old that has never won anything as a starter. So keep bagging on DD. We will regret this sooner than later I promise you that.


Milton

Anonymous said...

Milton, you're wrong and you will soon see that allowing DD to leave will benefit the Riders far more than keeping him would. In time, the Riders will be a dominant team with a solid list of players at all positions. That I see more than I see DD being the be all end all at QB. He's not.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for next week when Darian shreds Jones' defense.

An ex-Rider fan.

Anonymous said...

Ex Rider fan, don't break an ankle jumping off your bandwagon. Riders win in Montreal and DD will not be a factor. Glenn will have a better day behind a better oline and the Riders start 17 at 1 - 0. Bet on it.

Anonymous said...

In the the future you will be dominant...I guess with that comment you may be right because future in general means upcoming at some point...are you meaning in 2 years or ten?

Anonymous said...

The only thing DD will shed is grass as he bounces his passes off the turf. He will be running for his life

Anonymous said...

I hope Darian does well; however, last's nights game was for an ego boost. Darian did not play against any of Ottawa's starters, or very very few. He should shine against second stringers.

Cory

Anonymous said...

Ya I'll see in five years when we still don't have a quality qb when we could have been competing and developing a new qb behind DD instead of a washed up 37 year old wanna be that can teach the young guys how to play but not how to win big games. Darian used to put the team on his back in big games remember the 2013 west semi final against BC. Darian won that game with his heart and competitive nature. Jones got rid of every player on the team with those qualities which I would be ok with If he had replaced them with players that can actually win. Plus what do you mean by allowed him to go he got traded because of Jones' ego. Darian didn't want to leave. Where is this list of solid starters. The only solid starters on this team are a couple receivers and even some of them haven't proven they can be consistent for years yet. A solid starter is consistent year in and out. Darian was.


Milton

Anonymous said...

DD isnt the be all end all. Hes better than Kevin Glenn or Vince Young though.

Anonymous said...

Correction: DD was not so much "allowed" to leave as much as he was forced to leave, don't get it confused. This was 100% Jones chosen path.

Anonymous said...

The biggest reason Duran left was because coach Jones hurt his feelings

Anonymous said...

Durant won all those games but himself hey. Just wait and see who has the better stats this year. Kevin glen

Anonymous said...

I don't doubt that DD is a great QB and did a lot for the franchise. There is no questioning that. However, DD comes at a cost. Slight downgrade at QB spot equates to 150k or so that can be spread around in salary cap to other positions. It improves the TEAM. I wish DD all the best, I really do, but this was a move that had to be made for the benefit of the entire team.

Anonymous said...

If Darian Durant is the be all qb for the Alouettes, why did they bring in former NFL qb Josh Freeman this week? Durant high risk.

Anonymous said...

If Kevin Glen is so wonderful, why did the Riders bring in Vince Young? Because every team looks for depth. Good teams are just better at evaluating talent and bring in better possibilities.

Anonymous said...

Simple answer to your question - media publicity (Vince Young), team player prospect.
Kavis Reed (Alouettes) better at evaluating player talent and bringing in better posibilties? No, not possible.

Anonymous said...

It will be close, but darian will win. Thats what he does.

Anonymous said...

DD - the greatest .500% QB in the history of football. Only in SK would that be considered hall of fame worthy.