Darian Durant leads Alouettes past Argonauts

By Kelsey Patterson

Montreal Alouettes head coach Jacques Chapdelaine doesn’t want to give up top spot in the CFL East.

Darian Durant threw touchdown passes to Ernest Jackson and George Johnson as the Alouettes downed the visiting Toronto Argonauts 21-9 on Friday to snap their two-game losing skid and take first place in the division. Montreal improved to 3-4 while Toronto fell to 3-5. Both teams play each other next week in Toronto.

“We want to keep moving forward and we want to hold on to first place now,” said Chapdelaine. “It’s up to us now to keep our intensity and keep executing. Today we made plays when we needed them the most. That’s the sign of a winning team.

“This was a hugely important game for us and we’re going to keep pressing forward.”

Boris Bede kicked three field goals for the Alouettes, while Argos kicker Lirim Hajrullahu kicked three field goals for the visitors’ only points.

“We just didn’t get it done,” said Toronto receiver S.J. Green, who was traded from Montreal to Toronto in the off-season. “It’s a tough loss against a decent opponent and we could have been two games up on first place. It’s a tough one to swallow.

“The good thing is we get this team again next week to redeem ourselves.”

Former coach Marc Trestman’s return to Montreal was spoiled as the Argonauts extended their losing streak to three games.

With starting quarterback Ricky Ray injured, Trestman gave the ball to 25-year-old Jeff Matthews. But Matthews threw for just 67 yards in the first half. Cody Fajardo, who replaced him at halftime, went 10 for 16 and 75 yards.

“We had opportunities with Jeff but we certainly didn’t give him enough time,” said Trestman. “I wanted to take a look at both quarterbacks. We didn’t go into the game that way but I wanted to see Cody play as well.”

Durant, who went 18-for-27 passing for 237 yards, got the Alouettes on the board in the first quarter with a 41-yard touchdown toss to Jackson, his third TD catch of the season.

Bede added a point to Montreal’s lead at the start of the second quarter after he missed a 31-yard field goal.

Durant made it 15-0 for the home side when he connected with Johnson from 16 yards out at 7:27 of the second quarter.

Before the end of the half, Durant became the 14th best all-time passer in CFL history when he reached 30,407 throwing yards, passing Sam Etcheverry.

Hajrullahu and Bede traded two field goals apiece to give Montreal the 21-6 lead.

“We didn’t keep them out of the end zone early and we had some penalties again,” said former Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods, who was released by Montreal in the off-season. “I don’t even know if we had a takeaway defensively. I see 21 points on the board, and that’s too many points.”

The Alouettes took that 15-point lead into the fourth quarter looking to prevent a collapse like their last time out. Montreal blew a 12-point lead in the final two minutes in Winnipeg two weeks ago.

Hajrullahu cut the deficit to 21-9 with his third field goal of the game with 8:36 remaining in the match.

The Argos looked to have scored a touchdown with less than two minutes on the clock but the play was called back for an illegal block.

“Our defence played a tremendous game,” said Trestman. “We held them to three points in the second half. We had two opportunities to score touchdowns in that fourth quarter. We had penalties on both. Penalties are really what disrupted our flow tonight.”

Toronto finished with 119 yards of penalties. Montreal had 110.

Notes: Trestman won back-to-back Grey Cups with the Alouettes in 2009 and 2010. His final game as an Alouette was on Oct. 28, 2012. ? Attendance at Percival Molson Stadium was 19,712.

– CP

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35 Comments on Darian Durant leads Alouettes past Argonauts

  1. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm //

    The sins of the Saskatchewan Roughriders are now fully exposed. How could Jones have been so stupid??

    • Glenn threw for 4 TDs and 340 yards against TO two weeks ago, a much more impressive offensive performance than Durant’s this week. What’s your point?

    • Sask fans honestly believe everything is about them. So sad.

  2. Not so sure Jones was that stupid. Durant’s over priced signing cost the Als Bear Woods in cost cutting measures to afford him. I Don’t see that much improvement in the offense from last season even with the Al’s improved O-line. The offense usually has one good quarter, lose a bunch of potential points throughout the game & have the defense carry the team to victory. Looks very similar to last season. Only reason they are at the top of the standings is because the entire East Division is playing equally as bad.

  3. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 11, 2017 at 11:27 pm //

    My God guys
    Last week after BC loss you were all ready to crucify Glenn and hand the ball to Bridge. Now when I point out the obvious, Glenn is suddenly Warren Moon!!!!!!!!!

  4. Don’t think anyone would compare Glenn to Moon.

  5. Argos have no depth. Their injury replacements can’t do the job. They’re going down the drain. Their punting hurt them the whole game. Why won’t Trestman do something about it and dress their backup punter/kicker? They’re giving away field position every game. Penalties are hurting them big time. Blown TDs because guys can’t stay onside. This game was another flag fest. Along with the players’ lack of discipline, the officials lack discipline too and flag everything they can. They just love tossing flags in the CFL. How many penalties were there in this game? I lost count. I’ve been a CFL supporter for 50 years and I’m getting sick and tired of this shit, year after year after year. Garbage.

  6. pantsonfire // August 11, 2017 at 11:38 pm //

    Really bad game in Calgary too unless Rider faithful were watching a different game than I was. Remember – Bridge came in for that one as well????? Something like 34 net offence the 1st half, 17 zip Calgary???? Glenn has been quite solid vs the East, yes.

  7. Trestman lost this game for the Argos. First, by starting Mathews who walks in concrete boots and can’t compete at this level, and second by not putting a disciplined team on the field. The Argos took so many dumb and harmful penalties that nullified the good that Fajardo was doing. Shades of what they were doing last year when all hell broke loose. Trestman promised a disciplined team, but it’s been anything but from day one.

    Fajardo is smart and really expands the field of play opening up lanes for running, and passing (theoretically because Fajardo had trouble with his passes). You can’t win in the CFL unless the offense can spread the defense out, and Fajardo is the only guy on the Argos who knows how to do it.

    One thing was clear, the Als defense was totally exhausted having to chase down the running game when Fajardo took control.

    But in the end the loss is totally on Trestman for not eliminating crazy penalties and for starting lead footed Jeff Mathews. He’s not earning even half his salary.

    • Toronto would of won the game if they started Farjardo. Noel Thorpe was not willing to change the game plan to match Farjardo’s running game & Toronto was running at will & tiring out the defense. Lucky for those penalties. Durant was nowhere to found in the second half.

  8. pantsonfire // August 11, 2017 at 11:41 pm //

    Never mind Glenn, Durant has the Als @ 2-3 vs the West. Every other team is @ ZERO wins vs West. And if defence hadn’t fallen asleep, Bombers should have lost vs Als & Esks only won by a handful.

    • dangnabbit // August 11, 2017 at 11:56 pm //

      Interestingly, this puts Calgary in the peculiar position of sharing two distinctions in the standings. Along with division-leading Edmonton, they share the only perfect record against Western opponents. But on the other hand, of that West division, only the Stampeders and the division-trailing Riders have lost to an Eastern team this season (Montreal in both cases).

      I don’t think it’s a very telling statistic, but it’s a neat coincidence that makes it hard to say exactly how good the Stamps are. That uncertainty is going to make Calgary’s next five weeks (2 x EDM, 2 x BC, 1 x TOR) super exciting!

      • Red&White Forever // August 12, 2017 at 4:11 pm //

        Calgary NEVER plays well in Montreal. They only make a single trip a year, and it’s always the players favourite destination/road trip of the season. I think the exotic, and very liberal, “night life” there is the reason it’s the players favourite AND the reason why the Stamps seem to always play poorly there.

  9. grumblingaboutgreen // August 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm //

    dont doubt for a MINUTE that jones would sell his SOUL to do what durant and the als managed this season! to take down the mighty STAMPEDERS and end their win streak. one of only TWO defeats suffered by the WEST against the EAST to date this year. and i KNOW saskatchewan fans can tell me the OTHER one! the very FIRST game of the season had montreal DEFEAT the riders straight up. i hope the EGG on joness face goes well with all the CROW hes got to be eating!

  10. Toronto were there own worst enemies with penalties eliminating touchdowns, but I wouldn’t blame it all on Trestman. Mathews was given a chance in the first half but didn’t execute. The kicker was not up to his usual standards. Some lessons learned in this game. And give some credit to the Alouettes.

  11. ,,Patience // August 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm //

    That 41 yard pass to Ernest Jackson from Darian Durant was about as pretty a long ball as you will ever see. Montreal’s O line needs to step it up; there was a lot of pressure in the second half. Lemon beat Olafioya like a rented mule.

  12. Cody Fajardo reminds me of Joe Barnes. Same #17 too.

  13. Ben Dover // August 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm //

    Fajardo rocks

  14. Horsie :This posting has nothing to do with the Riders,
    yes Durant player for the Riders but water has long flowed and does not flow back. You posted July 26 2017 @9:50 P.M.
    make no mistake Jones a complete ass, now your calling Jones stupid Where is your I.Q.? You have no class!!

    • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm //

      What the hell are you talking about?
      I think you’re getting nervous ESK18. You know labor day is coming very soon and the clock will strike midnight for Cinderella in her green and gold gown!!!

      • Are you day drinkin already horse ?

      • Did I hit a raw nerve you know what I’m talking about!1 Go Esk Have great my friend

        • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm //

          No seriously, you seem to be quoting so something I said but I don’t see what it is

      • whoresy you keep talking about labor day like its the beginning of the end, its just a 2 point game really, but I would be concerned if I was wearing a uniform with Santa Claus colors.

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