Quarterback Trevor Harris will make his second consecutive start for the Montreal Alouettes as they prepare to host the Blue Bombers on Saturday.
The two teams met at IG Field last week with Winnipeg overcoming a second half deficit to win by a score of 31-21.
The 35-year-old doesn’t feel that playing the same team in back-to-back games makes things easier because the defence will always make adjustments between contests. Zach Collaros will not dress for the Blue Bombers and head coach Mike O’Shea hinted that a number of other players also may not play on Saturday given that Winnipeg has wrapped up the West Division.
“I’m going to be better in certain situations where we can move the ball and capitalize on certain coverages that they play,” said the veteran quarterback. “That’s a good defence and they’re a good team, so they’re going to be tough on us, but we plan on making it tough on them as well.”
Harris indicated that he was pleased with how the offence performed in his first start with the Alouettes, particularly how well they ran the football. He believes he and his receiving corps have developed chemistry quickly and will “cooking with oil” before the playoffs.
Harris completed 14-of-25 pass attempts for 177 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the loss to Winnipeg and added one carry for five yards.
Head coach Khari Jones was impressed with how well Harris played considering how recently he joined the team, suggesting he’s just as comfortable calling plays for Harris as he is for Vernon Adams Jr. and Matthew Shiltz.
“He’s just a smart guy and a good leader out there. He’s really gelling with the guys quickly here, but again you want to know how their body language is, what kind of balls they like, all those types of things. The more experience you have with them out there, the better,” said Jones.
The Als (6-6) host the Blue Bombers (11-1) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Montreal has already punched its ticket to the playoffs, though they can finish no higher than second place in the East Division.