Vernon Adams Jr. Montreal Alouettes Edmonton Elks – .

Vernon Adams Jr. Montreal Alouettes Edmonton Elks – .

EDMONTON – The Montreal Alouettes had to wait longer than any other team in the Canadian Football League to get back on the field, but they were at full value when they finally came back.
Vernon Adams Jr. had 211 yards and two touchdowns as the Alouettes started their season humiliating the Edmonton Elks 30-13 on Saturday.

Montreal (1-0) kicked off the 2021 CFL campaign with a week off.

“Vernon had a solid game, he didn’t return the ball which is big,” Montreal head coach Khari Jones said of his starting quarterback. “He was smart with football. He gave the guys a chance to catch the ball and made solid readings throughout the game. It was a good start for him. “

The Alouettes’ defense put in a solid performance, sacking Elks quarterback Trevor Harris four times.

“We came out trying to prove who we are, how this defense is going to play out the rest of the year, and that’s what it was,” said Montreal defensive tackle Almondo Sewell, who made some waves earlier in the week by questioning former Edmonton teammate Harris’ ability to handle adversity.

“I said if you hit him early in the game, he’ll fold. And I don’t make big claims. When I say something, I do my homework, I do my research, and that’s what it is.

The Elks went 0-2 winless after losing their 16-12 start to the season to Ottawa last week. They failed to register a touchdown in this contest and almost did the same in this one.

“It’s not where we want to be, it’s not where we expected to be,” Elks head coach Jaime Elizondo said. “We’re just not good enough right now. We have a bunch of good people, but we’re not good enough as a team right now. We are not playing as a team and this needs to be fixed. “

Edmonton found itself in a first-and-goal situation in its first practice, but ended up settling for a 10-yard field goal from Sean Whyte.

Montreal took the lead on the last play of the first quarter as Jake Wieneke dived on an Adams pass for a 42-yard touchdown reception.

The Elks struggled again in the red zone early in the second as Harris missed the snap in a third and unsuccessful attempt on the Montreal eight.

The Alouettes increased the score to 10-3 with six minutes left in the first half on a 23-yard field goal from David Cote that was set up by a 54-yard pass to BJ Cunningham.

Montreal added to their lead minutes later as Mario Alford found a seam along the sidelines and soared for 85 yards for a punt return touchdown. They then took the score to 20-3 at the halfway point on a 47-yard basket from Côté.

Whyte hit back with a 37-yard field goal late in the third.

Côté responded with his third field goal of the game, 42 yards.

The Alouettes added to the pounding with a 14-yard TD Adams pass to Cunningham with five minutes left in the final quarter.

Edmonton got its first touchdown of the season with 1:21 left in the fourth as Shai Ross hit a 10-yard pass from Harris.

The Elks begin a three-game road trip to British Columbia against the Lions on Thursday, while the Alouettes will complete a two-game trip to Alberta in Calgary next Friday.

Notes: The last time the two teams met was a memorable one as Edmonton traveled to Montreal for the 2019 Eastern Semi-Final. Harris had a breathtaking 421 yard harvest then that Edmonton recorded a 37-29 victory… Sewell made his Alouettes debut after spending the past nine seasons with Edmonton. Sewell is a seven-time West Division star and six-time CFL star, recording a total of 284 tackles and 60 sacks during his time in Edmonton… Assists listed were 25,116.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 14, 2021.


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