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Saturday, July 15, 2017

ALOUETTES UPSET STAMPEDERS 30-23

(The Canadian Press)
MONTREAL - The offence finally showed signs of life for the Montreal Alouettes.

Tyrell Sutton and back-up quarterback Vernon Adams ran in touchdowns and B.J. Cunningham scored one through the air as the Alouettes upset the Calgary Stampeders 30-23 on Friday night.

Linebacker Brenden Dozier also scored on a fumble recovery while Boris Bede kicked a field goal for the Alouettes (2-2), who have beaten the Stampeders in their last four visits to Percival Molson Stadium.

"We've got to build, we've got to do it two or three times in a row,'' said slotback Montreal Nik Lewis. "We have the talent to do it and we showed it.

"Now we've raised our level and now we have to do it consistently. I believe the league is so close now in talent that we have a chance to be the best team in this league.''

Lewis caught three balls for 42 yards, easily picking up the 21 yards he needed to pass Alouettes legend Ben Cahoon (13,301) for sixth place in all-time CFL receiving yards.

"That's amazing,'' the 14-year veteran said. "Honestly, I think I've had the best hands out of anyone, but you see some of the catches (Cahoon) made and it's an honour to pass someone like that.''

DeVaris Daniels had a TD and Rene Paredes booted five field goals for Calgary (2-1-1), which controlled much of the play but struggled to get the ball into the end zone. Bo Levi Mitchell completed 34-of-50 passes for 379 yards, but mistakes deep in Montreal territory repeatedly left the Stamps with field goals instead of touchdowns.

Mitchell called it a tough loss but nothing to be overly concerned with this early in the season.

"Why should we be devastated? We're 2-1-1,'' he said. "It's a long season.

"In the past couple of seasons we've lost the first or second game. I'm not happy. I'm not going to let the guys think it's OK that we lost a game. I hate losing more than anyone in the world. But I'm not going to let these guys sulk or drop their heads. We're going to fix what we've got to fix and become a better football team.''

It was the first time this season Montreal scored more than 19 points in a game under their key off-season acquisition, quarterback Darian Durant, who completed 17 passes for 296 yards. The difference this time was that he was able to sustain and finish drives that had been falling short.

"I told him he's not the saviour here, we don't want him to be the saviour,'' said Lewis. "That's too much pressure.

"He doesn't have to carry that burden. We'll carry it together.''

The Alouettes led 16-9 at the intermission despite Durant throwing interceptions to Ciante Evans and Tommie Cambell and the team taking 12 mostly undisciplined penalties.

An 80-yard completion to Ernest Jackson set up a 12-yard Bede field goal 1:34 into the game but Calgary marched back to tie it on Paredes' 14-yard effort. The Stampeders settled for a field goal from 12 yards 4:26 into the second quarter after Marquay McDaniel dropped a sure touchdown pass near the goal line.

Montreal responded with a six-play, 100-yard drive capped by a 39-yard TD pass to a wide-open Cunningham at 10:45.

Chris Ackie stripped tailback Jerome Messam and Branden Dozier ran it in 23 yards for a TD at 12:13. Messam was ejected and given a facemasking penalty for his part in the skirmish that followed the score.

"Not a smart play by him by any means,'' said Mitchell. "He was devastated that it happened.

"They're a physical team and they get in your head that way. I'm sure he won't do it again.''

Kick returner Roy Finch, back after serving a two-game suspension for a positive doping test, took over from Messam at running back and helped Calgary's final drive of the half produce Paredes' 35-yard boot with no time remaining.

Mitchell led an eight-play drive to open the second half capped by a 30-yard TD toss to Daniels.

Rob Maver put Calgary ahead 17-16 with a punt single through the end zone at 8:28 and Paredes added another field goal from 34 yards to end the third quarter.

But Montreal bounced back with an eight-play drive that saw Sutton run in 14 yards up the middle for the TD at 3:57 of the fourth.

Paredes put one through from the 39 at 6:29 but Montreal answered with a nine-play drive capped by Adams one-yard score at 11:35.

(Canadian Press)

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Darian beat the Stamps, just like old times! Now it does make it pretty impossible for the Riders next week as the Stamps are not a team to lose two games in a row in the current era. And when the Stamps win, there will be a real fury by a certain wonky sector of the Rider fan base.

Anonymous said...

If the riders don't beat the stamps by 25 +points , heads should roll.

Anonymous said...

To bad the stamps had a bad fame and you guys are going to get the wrath because of it...enjoy. heads are going to roll with stamps by 15

Anonymous said...

Way to go Darian!!!

Anonymous said...

Again the Als win despite Durant. You d9nkeys who say the writers need to win or Heads Will Roll really have to get over yourselves. No one will be fired this year and the simple fact that you are hoping the writers fail so people get fired just shows you're not true Rider fans. Just brutal idiots.

Anonymous said...

Esks are the best in the west so far this year.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Vernon Adams beat the Stamps. Darian Durant at his usual old self throwing interceptions again and again, what a puttski.

3RD and 1 said...

This game is the defensive blue print on how to stop Dave Dickensons offence. Last years Grey Cup game had moments of defensive brilliance. Combine that games defensive strategy along with this game and there you have the taming of the wild bronc. Once you rattle the leagues self appointed twitter guardian. You can keep their offence in check. Watch how the whole league takes turns.
Go raiders go

Anonymous said...

Anyone who doesn't like Jones is a brutal idiot and a donkey but you can't spell Riders. There is no team called the Writers. Can we please stop with the name calling.

Morgan said...

Stamps are getting old and washed up. It's beautiful to see!!!

Anonymous said...

Funny that people are making excuses already. "Stamps won't lose two in a row." Anyway beating Bo means defending the long ball and getting pressure on him. He does not have the patience to grind out the game and will invariably go deep. Those passes must be defended.

DJR

Anonymous said...

Haha. Let me guess...you think the Riders won the 2013 grey cup in spite of Durant?

Anonymous said...

DD! DD! DD! DD! DD! DD! DD! DD! DD! DD! DD! DD! DD!DD! DD! DD! DD! DD!

Anonymous said...

Doubles beat Jones. That's all that matters.

Anonymous said...

Sliders are still in LAST place in the west

Anonymous said...

Durant didn't beat the stamps! He looked average at best and certainly not worth the drain on their salary cap!

Anonymous said...

DD for the win!

Anonymous said...

I'm starting to believe that the moderately successful comment was an overstated compliment.

$450,000 for that. Good win for Montreal though. Overcame really bad quarterbacking.

Anonymous said...

DD wins. Thats what he does. Big drive at crunch time. We'll see if Jones beats the stamps this year.

Anonymous said...

The DD haters sing the same old tune. When he loses its because hes a bad QB. When he wins, its because he got lucky or his team somehow bailed him out.

He takes down the mighty stamps and the haters just cant stand it. Immediately start with their tired old excuses. I love it!

Anonymous said...

And durant evicerates the stamps, riders turn.

Anonymous said...

Darian Durant could have remained with the Roughriders of Saskatchewan, he chose not to sign with that football club forcing the hand of the administration to trade him. Saskatchewan made the right choice sending him to Montreal for some value which was not much as Darian Durant always a big question mark anytime he steps on the field of play with his personal history of always being injured with no return team contribution, no play, no contribution. His outrageous monetary contract hit doled out by the previous clueless administration not conducive to a mandated league cap and the future of the Roughriders Football Club moving forward. Darian Durant got the money he demanded from the Montreal's football organization, he's now a Alouette. He... and he alone signed his signature, made his own decision to move on with his career somewhere else not Saskatchewan, he should be happy. Time to quit with incessant crying and whining Riderville. Darian Durant is now a Alouette, he's gone. Good riddance to Darian Durant!

Capt. Jack Sparrow

Anonymous said...

The riders would be 3-0 right now had they retained him.

Anonymous said...

Durant didnt beat the stamps? I beg to differ.

Anonymous said...

Well Captain Jack. It was more like the administration gave Durant no choice but to go somewhere else. If you had followed the chain of events, you would know that Jones had his way and made it impossible for Durant to want to stay here. There was no decision for Doubles to make; Jones made that decision with no backup to take his place. Apparently you have all forgotten his contribution in 2013. I am sure he is happy to be gone from here, just like Shaun Lemon, et al. Yeah, what the heck, good riddance to all those all stars.

Anonymous said...

"DD wins. Thats what he does" ?????
Put down the crack pipe buddy last time i looked Durant is barely over .500 in his career and with a mediocre 61% completion rate.

Anonymous said...

Captain Jack Sparrow;

I beg to differ, you seem to forget it was Chris Jones that negotiated in the media. But go ahead and keep defending Chris Jones and we'll see where it gets you.

SWC

3RD and 1 said...

Sorry dude. DD did not beat Jones. In fact Darian looked brutal in that game. The Riders beat them self with a young kicker that couldn't hit a
Standard 45 yard field goal. Had he done his job the Riders win. Besides Glen's stats the first 3 games are far better. The Riders offence are in the top 3 in many catalogs. Its the Riders defence that needs to get going.

Anonymous said...

Glens stats are mostly 3 to 5 yard passes,oh wow, that will really get you places.

Anonymous said...

Keep telling yourself that.

Anonymous said...

DD 1, Jones 0. That is all.

Anonymous said...

Stop with the Jonesish excuses. Take away the 2011 and 2016 seasons (where the Riders fielded horrible teams) and tell me what his record is. All he does is win.

3RD and 1 said...

Why do you guys make up so much crap. You guys are worse than Trump for crying out loud.
>> Glen's stats are mostly 3 to 5 yard passes<< Where do you get that crap from? Your own feeble mind? Besides the best offences usually run high percentage plays far more than gun slinger mentality.
Go look at the stats on Thur official CFL web site. Don't make up your own crap. Glen is beating Durant in every positive QB stat or rating. It's all right here.
https://www.cfl.ca/stats/
Looks like the old Darian is back with 4TDs versus 4 INTs
I liked Darian when he played here as much as anybody. I'm sorry the guy is not worth $400K guaranteed. Hell Mitchell in Calgary dosent even get that kind of money and he has proved at his young age that he's the WB to have. As much as I can't stand the guy.
So read the CFL stats and stop all this bull crap that you guys come up with in your minds own little bubble.

Anonymous said...

Bottom line, Darian Durant is a Montreal Alouette. He signed there instead of Saskatchewan as he declined the Roughriders contract offer based on incentive on field performance, case closed, end of story. 2013 a league colluded intervention freebee title granted to appease a long suffering fan base as that organisation just can't get it right to a 100 plus year history. (If not for Mr Kent Austin, Roughriders one pathetic CFleague championship title) Saskatchewan now on the road to recovery under the astute prerequisit football management of Mr Reynolds, Mr Jones, Mr Murphy. Case closed.

Capt. Jack Sparrow

Anonymous said...

Captain Jack: that is one of the most ridiculous conspiracy theories I have ever heard. The Riders won the 2p13 Grey Cup fair and square. If you really believe that, then explain why the Bombers haven't won a cup in many years? Don't you think the league would collude to get them a freebee title? They have a good long suffering fan base. Unbelievable what some people will believe.

Anonymous said...

The only stat that matters is wins and championships and Darian has two rings one as a starter and four west championships three as a starter.

Anonymous said...

Love it. Love it. The Stinks lost.

Love it. They are beatable, now the blueprint has been set.

Love it. The Stinks lost. Love it.