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The Montreal Alouettes used a balanced offence which included key runs and receptions to grab their third straight win, this time by a 21-16 score against the B.C. Lions.

Despite the loss, B.C. really did look new and improved coming out of the bye.

Namely their offensive line. Following the firing of OL coach Bryan Chiu, Kelly Bates’ adjustments after stepping into the role were visible. Mike Reilly was sacked twice, but went 20-for-29 for 230 yards and a touchdown. While at the same time the front line helped Brandon Rutley rush for 71 yards on the evening. There were 43 times Reilly was sacked in 10 games under Chiu.

But they just couldn’t do enough to take down a streaking team.

Vernon Adams Jr. made Alouettes history in the second quarter. His pair of rushing touchdowns gave him No. 10 and 11, respectively, which is a franchise record among quarterbacks in a single season.

A 40-yard pass and run from Reilly to Bryan Burnham had the Leos on the board before the half. Burnham had a game-high 128 receiving yards, his fourth this year where he’s surpassed the century mark.

Rutley had seven of his 15 carries in the third quarter, including his longest run on the night of 12 yards.

Another name which kept popping up was Duron Carter. The chatty receiver and Twitter-savant has had a quiet year on the field. After having at least six receptions in four of his first six games, No. 89 fell off a bit, having just seven total receptions in the next four. He had five catches for 32 yards on nine targets.

B.C’s defence looked strong after the break. Montreal’s offence mustered minus-three yards in the third, as the Leos forced three consecutive two-and-outs. Unfortunately their offence couldn’t do much better and the score read 14-10 heading into the fourth.

Bo Lokombo put his stamp on the game by incinerating Wayne Moore. It lit a match for his own offence as the Als came out firing on all cylinders after being neutralized in the third and up by one.

Adams’ lone passing touchdown of the night went to Quan Bray on the 10th play of a crucial drive, snatching momentum back for the home side.

Adams went 18-of-25 for 232 passing yards with his two rushing touchdowns to go with the game-winning pass to Bray. William Stanback also did well on the ground, posting 78 yards on 15 rushes.

That touchdown ended up being enough, as the Als gave up a field goal but nothing more the rest of the way and secured their third straight win.

Montreal squares up against the streaking Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-3), while B.C. goes back home to face the Ottawa Redblacks (4-7).

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Grant Deme
Grant Deme is a reporter and anchor in southwestern Ontario and a lifelong follower of the CFL.