Montreal grabs third straight win, snap 11-game losing streak against Eskimos

The 2019 Montreal Alouettes are for real.

The Als defended home field and took down the Edmonton Eskimos 20-10 and have won three straight games for the first time since 2016. Montreal beat the Esks after being handed 11 straight losses by Edmonton.

Montreal struck first in a fashionable way. Vernon Adams Jr. connected with Eugene Lewis twice for 35 total yards on the drive. But that was flipped on the final play. Lewis tossed to Adams on a double reverse pass before the pivot side stepped a defender and scored.

The Eskimos defence sacked Adams twice in the opening quarter, including one which negated further damage following a Trevor Harris interception. Edmonton came into the contest leading the CFL in team sacks and had three more this week.

There were 11 two-and-outs in the first half, a number of them in the second. Heading into Saturday, the clubs posted polar opposite second quarters this season. Edmonton had a plus-42 offensive output compared to Montreal’s minus-40.

A third down stuff put Edmonton’s offence past midfield, before a 38-yard pass interference was called on Ryan Carter. That led to their first three points of the game.

The Als put three on the board themselves on the next drive, on the back of a catch-and-run from Adams to Jeremiah Johnson who took 43 yards off the Esks defence before the drive fizzled out.

The former Lion and Redblack put in a blue collar effort in his debut following the release of Stefan Logan. He put up 39 yards on six rushes and 43 more in the air.

With 28 seconds remaining, Harris found Kenny Stafford in the end zone for the touchdown but a holding call took the major off the board. The Esks ultimately settled for a 34-yard field goal from Sean Whyte and a 10-6 deficit at the break.

The first drive of the third ended in another Whyte field goal, this time from 48 yards out on its eighth play.

The Als responded with points of their own. A 10-play, 74-yard drive was capped off by a Jake Wieneke touchdown off a five-yard Adams toss. The series was extended on a third down gamble and William Stanback had his number called twice on the ground, on top of an 18-yard reception.

Adams finished the game 15-of-22 for 191 yards and a touchdown.

Stanback closed the third with a 19-yard run. He had only six on eight carries before that but finished with 47.

The game was then delayed just over a minute into the fourth as lighting was in the area. Play resumed after a half hour.

An end zone interception by Jordan Hoover was called back on an illegal contact on a receiver penalty, breathing new life into Montreal’s drive post-weather delay which ended in a Boris Bede field goal and a 20-9 lead.

Almost poetically, on the Esks responding drive, Harris was picked off by Taylor Loffler on a tipped ball intended for Greg Ellingson but nothing came from it.

Next time up, Edmonton converted on a big third-and-four as Harris found Ricky Collins up the middle who ran an additional 38 yards two plays before the three minute warning. But Whyte missed his second field goal of the game this time wide left on a 34-yard attempt and it ended up as a single.

After one final drive, the quarterback’s stat line read 29-of-43 with 271 passing yards and two interceptions, his first two of the season.

Edmonton is back at home against Toronto (0-5) on Thursday while Montreal has the week off.

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