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Saturday, July 1, 2017

ESKIMOS 23 ALOUETTES 19


EDMONTON - Adarius Bowman's fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference as the Edmonton Eskimos remained perfect to start the season, defeating the Montreal Alouettes 23-19 on Friday.

The Eskimos are 2-0, while the Alouettes dropped to 1-1.

Montreal got on the board first, with six minutes left in the opening quarter, on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Darian Durant to Tiquan Underwood. The drive started on a fumble by Eskimos running back John White.

White fumbled the ball away in his own end once again two minutes later and suffered a knee injury on the play, having to be carried off the field by a teammate. The fumble set up a 12-yard field goal by Boris Bede.

Edmonton responded with 13- and 44-yard Sean Whyte field goals in the second quarter, before Bede nailed a late kick from the 33-yard-line to make it 13-6 at the half.

The Eskimos got their act together to start the third, with Travon Van capping off a long drive with an 11-yard TD run, which went unconverted.

Montreal was in a first-and-one situation with five minutes to play in the third, but took a number of penalties and was forced to accept a field goal for a 16-12 lead.

Edmonton pulled back to within a point to end the third, as Whyte nailed a career-best 55-yard field goal.

The Eskimos took their first lead with 10:24 remaining in the fourth, as a Kenny Ladler interception eventually led to a four-yard TD pass from Mike Reilly to Bowman and subsequent two-point convert run from Van to put Edmonton ahead 23-16.

Montreal came right back with a 46-yard field goal from Bede, but couldn't put themselves back up on top.

The Alouettes will return home to face the B.C. Lions next Thursday. The Eskimos will be on a bye week before hosting Ottawa on July 14.

Notes: Defensive back Ryan Phillips made his Alouettes debut after missing the regular-season opener with a hamstring injury. Phillips spent 12 seasons with the Lions before being let go last winter and heading to Montreal? Korey Jones started at linebacker, replacing J.C. Sherritt, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the Eskimos' 30-27 season-opening victory over B.C? Edmonton now sports a 41-18-2 record in home-openers.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

The western team are starting to pull away from the Riders. Today's game is a must win .

Anonymous said...

Canada's Real team the Eskies are 2-0 and all alone in first place wasnt a pretty win but great teams find ways to win .

Anonymous said...

That doesn't bode well for a must win team, looking at the basement again.

Anonymous said...

Durant looked moderately successful again...he should be 0-2. Esks look good..BC looks very strong Calgary is beatable but it is going to be a tough year in the West.

Anonymous said...

DD's the man!

Anonymous said...

Esks looked beatable in first half. Montreal unable to take advantage and score points early. Durant looked like what he really is.....a médiocre quarterback making a big salary! Guess the "football gods" took the night off!

Anonymous said...

Ryan Phillips!! Gee whiz, those Al's sure do strive to keep their spot as the CFL's oldest team.

Anonymous said...

Game 2 of the season
The Sky is falling!!!
The Sky is falling!!!

Anonymous said...

Nice pick Darian. I see nothing has changed.

Anonymous said...

Hey I hate the Eskies, but at least their fans draw that same as Riders to help out the CFL.

Anonymous said...

sliders have oldest and worst qb in the league in Glenn and will lose again tonight to the bombers,another longgggggg year in the basement for the sliders

Anonymous said...

What's the common denominator with Montreal's offence not being able to score 20 points? #4

Anonymous said...

Durant has to roll with the football gods cause his skills aren't enough to get the job done.

Anonymous said...

Like Glenn is getting the job done 0-2,8 different teams and No grey cups!!