The Montreal Alouettes could not stop DeVonte Dedmon.
The kick returner was signed, cut, then signed again by the Redblacks and on Friday night he took both a punt and a kick return back for a touchdown. He looked like Chad Owens in his prime or a healthy Brandon Banks if we’re comparing current players. He set the franchise record for return yards in a single game with 374, beating out his predecessor Diontae Spencer.
And his performance masked a lot of issues Ottawa still has with the ball in their hands, as they escaped Montreal with a 30-27 overtime win.
Dominique Davis was back at the helm after two weeks out and Jonathon Jennings doing nothing as Ottawa’s primary QB. Davis looked unsettled and uneasy all night as the offence had a number of self-inflicted wounds. The Alouettes scored 17 points off turnovers.
That is of course, until it really mattered. His first put-together drive was when they were stuck three inside two minutes. Davis marched his club from their own 17 into field goal range and Lewis Ward booted his 66th consecutive field goal from 29 yards and sent this one to overtime despite just 217 net yards of offence after regulation.
Davis finished 20-of-34 for 164 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Ward hit a chip shot in overtime to put Ottawa up with the chance to win as the game rested on their defence, and that’s what they did.
De’Andre Montgomery recovered a William Stanback fumble and their four game losing streak – and Montreal’s three game winning streak – were over.
Montreal’s offence looked ferocious early. After an empty first drive, they posted 17 points on the next three, 10 of which came off of two Ottawa turnovers. Montreal was plus-eight in the turnover game coming into the contest. They had four more Friday but three against.
The only positive the Redblacks, who had under four minutes with the ball after one, and 23:26 after regulation all night, was the first kick return touchdown by Dedmon, this one from 111 yards.
Dedmon then did it again, this time on a punt and 95 yards in the second quarter, on one of the more remarkable special team touchdowns you’ll see.
That was the only highlight in a relatively lifeless quarter which saw Adams complete two of his nine pass attempts after starting 9-for-11. Ottawa mustered only two first downs at half.
WOW. Describe this return in one word aaaannnd… GO.
— CFL (@CFL) August 3, 2019
Defensive lineman Michael Wakefield started off the third picking off an Adams pass inside Montreal’s six. It set the table for Davis finding Brad Sinopoli for Ottawa’s lone offensive touchdown and their first lead.
A would-be Quan Bray touchdown was overturned as the command centre determined he trapped the pigskin onto the turf, but they settled for a field goal and then a tie game after a kickoff single. It was the first time in seven drives the Als took points off of Ottawa’s defence.
That was the drive which forced Adams to sit, so it was Pipkin entering the game. He finished 8-for-17 with 57 yards in his first action since Week 1.
Adams’ final stat line read 13-of-25 for 120 yards, an interception and a rushing touchdown.
The teams exchanged field goals in the final quarter which led to the league’s first overtime game of the year.
Ottawa is in Edmonton next week while Montreal stays home and hosts the Roughriders.