The Ottawa Redblacks and Montreal Alouettes used their final pre-season game to field a bulk of their starters while determining a few depth chart battles.
But there were no winners in this one, at least on the scoreboard, as the game ended in a 20-20 tie.
Jonathan Newsome recovered a fumble following a sack midway through the fourth quarter and ran it back 53 yards to give the Redblacks a 20-19 lead.
But a punt single later squared things up and that’s where the score remained.
Ottawa’s Ranthony Texada picked off Hugo Richard’s pass with under 90 seconds left, but it wasn’t enough as Danny Collins couldn’t create a game-winning drive or get into field goal position to give his team a chance to kick for the win.
University of Guelph product and Ottawa Redblacks national Jacob Scarfone stood out among all receivers in the game with his seven receptions for 75 yards.
Montreal struck first and quickly. On Antonio Pipkin’s first drive, the Als quarterback connected on a 72-yard catch and run connection with the newest Alouettes deep threat DeVier Posey. Pipkin finished the tilt with 107 yards on 5-of-10 passing with the major.
For his part, Vernon Adams Jr. wasted no time making an impact either. His first play was a 48-yard completion before following it up with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Quan Bray for the two-play scoring drive. He would later throw one more completion and finish 3-of-6.
Earlier in the week, the Redblacks announced Dominique Davis would get the Week 1 start over Jonathon Jennings, so the spotlight fell on Will Arndt and Collins to see who could grab the third spot.
Arndt was sent out for the first half after having a stronger first pre-season game than Collins where he tossed for over 100 yards on 16 pass attempts compared to Collins who threw for 10 yards on six throws.
Arndt finished passing for 184 yards on 16 completions through 23 attempts with a rushing touchdown and an interception. Collins responded with 127 yards on 12-of-20 passing with an interception.
The Alouettes defence forced a combined three turnovers throughout the game. Defensive back Jarnor Jones led the game with eight tackles as the Iowa State product introduced himself to the league.
As per league tradition, Ottawa begins their regular season next week Saturday night in Calgary against the Stamps for the Grey Cup rematch, while Montreal is also in Alberta taking on the new-look Edmonton Eskimos.