Alouettes down Redblacks 38-5 in pre-season action

Bill Beacon, Canadian Press

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.

Brett Maher kicked a field goal for Ottawa 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.

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 Vernon 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.

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6 Comments on Alouettes down Redblacks 38-5 in pre-season action

  1. Saynotoapathy // June 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm //

    Jacory Harris play was brutal.

  2. Have to take any accolades about the play of Durant and others starters early on with a grain of salt as OTTRBs weren’t playing most of their key first stringers. That being said – if Tate is out any amount of time, the QB depth looks rather shaky for Ottawa. They had a hard time mounting any offense.

  3. Tiger man // June 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm //

    The RB’s looked quite inept. Interceptions, fumbles, dropped passes, poor tackling…they clearly showed last night that the east was won last season by a bunch that bested a weak division…

    • This is an extremely weak statement. Even if they plowed through a weak East last season, what is your excuse for beating Calgary for the Grey Cup? This was the 2nd exhibition game, starters didn’t even hardly play for Ottawa. Take your pot-stirring somewhere else

  4. go als go exhibition or not, they played really well. there is alot of openings on the als, i think there maybe more veterans let go.

  5. Unfortunately I think Tate’s time has passed. He was good in Calgary but seemed content to play backup if necessary which wasn’t often. Collect a pay cheque & not playing – pretty good gig. It seems to me he hasn’t the fire anymore. Could be wrong but………….

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