Duran Carter looks ready to pick up where he left off two seasons ago with the Montreal Alouettes.
The wide receiver, who spent last season in the NFL after a standout 2014 campaign in Montreal, caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Glenn in the first quarter Friday night to start the Alouettes on a 22-15 CFL pre-season victory over the Toronto Argonauts.
“The chemistry is that he told me to throw him the ball so I did and he scored,” said Glenn. “We came out a little slow, but we picked it up toward the end of the first quarter.
“The thing is we don’t game plan during pre-season, so we just run our plays. On that one, Duran got behind the defence and I just threw it up. He’s the type of athlete that, if he catches it, I don’t think anyone’s going to catch him.”
Vernon Adams had a TD toss to B.J. Cunningham and Tahj Boyd ran in a touchdown for Montreal (1-1), which had an announced crowd of 14,882 at Percival Molson Stadium.
Defensive back Josua Mitchell returned a fumble for a touchdown, Edwin Baker ran one in and Lirim Hajrullahu kicked a 42 yard field goal for Toronto (1-1).
The Alouettes started most of their regulars while the Argos dressed a B-team and it showed as Montreal had a 15-3 lead at the intermission.
“We didn’t play a starter on offence,” said Argos coach Scott Milanovich. “I thought our guys played hard and they tried to get back in the game.
“Too many mistakes, but some of that is to be expected.”
Montreal’s Boris Bede hit the upright on a 58-yard field goal attempt early and Toronto answered back with Hajrullahu’s boot at 4:57. A missed Bede kick made it 3-1 at 7:13.
The Alouettes broke through 8:25 into the second quarter when Carter got some separation to haul in Glenn’s pass and romp untouched into the end zone.
Rakeem Cato took over on Montreal’s next possession and led a drive capped by Boyd’s one yard plunge at 13:44.
Adams, a former University of Oregon standout, came into the game in the third quarter and completed a pass, called a time out and then fumbled on a roll-out only to see Mitchell scoop up the ball and run 47 yards for the touchdown at 11:31.
Adams made up for it after Billy Parker picked off a Gale Mitchell pass at the Toronto 19 yard line. Two plays later, he hit Cunningham with a 16-yard TD pass on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
Boyd went in at quarterback in the fourth and saw Aaron Berry return an interception to the Montreal 19 yard line. Three plays later, Berry ran in from the three.
Toronto left starting quarterback Ricky Ray at home. Logan Kilgore started and went one for three for 40 yards before he was substituted by a sharper-looking Cody Fajardo in the second quarter after being hit during a scramble. Gale went on in the third quarter. Fajardo completed seven of 12 passes for 87 yards.
“Logan’s had a great camp,” said Milanovich. “I got him out early because we were getting pressure and he took a couple of hits.
“We had young offensive linemen _ rookies a lot of them. Cody did some good things. But otherwise we didn’t protect well enough to give those guys a shot.”
Glenn completed seven of 14 passes for 109 yards and a TD.
Receiver S.J. Green had a left knee problem in the first quarter and was held out of the rest of the game as a precautionary measure. He is expected to play the season opener Friday in Winnipeg.
Toronto opens Thursday night at home against Hamilton.