Montreal Alouettes beat Toronto Argonauts first in the East – .

Montreal Alouettes beat Toronto Argonauts first in the East – .

MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes played a decisive game against the Toronto Argonauts on Friday, extending their winning streak to four games with a 37-16 victory.
Montrealer (6-4) Matthew Shiltz threw for 212 yards and two touchdown passes, both to Eugene Lewis. Still, last week’s trade with the Edmonton Elks against veteran quarterback Trevor Harris has left some wondering how long Shiltz’s tenure as a starter will last.

Shiltz, who recorded his second straight win on Friday, said he was unaffected by what the next few weeks might entail.

“I’m really not trying to prove anything. I want to win football matches, I love to play football, ”he said. “It’s my passion but it’s not going to define me so if they want to decide to go with (Harris) then they’re going to go with (Harris) and I’m going to be the best teammate I can be. this team. ”

For Alouettes head coach Khari Jones, having Shiltz on a hot streak and Harris entering is a good problem to have.

But Harris is yet to take a snap as an Alouette and Jones expressed confidence in his current starter on Friday.

“(Shiltz is) going to play next week,” Jones said. “Everything will be fine, we will need everyone on deck to continue winning soccer games and I’m really happy to have (Harris) on board and I think he’s going to be great for our football team but (Shiltz) is playing at a good level right now and I feel good with him.

Friday’s victory made Montreal the No. 1 team in the East Division. Toronto (6-4) fell to second place.

“I learned they know how to seize the opportunity,” Jones said of the win. “It was a good win and from start to finish we felt in control of this football game. ”

“They’ve been built so far and there are still places to go, so it’s pretty exciting. “

Running back William Stanback amassed 203 yards and a touchdown for Montreal, while David Côté scored three field goals.

Argos quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson had 291 passing yards and four interceptions.

Toronto substitute quarterback Antonio Pipkin scored two rushing touchdowns and Boris Bede kicked two baskets, including a 25-yard strike.

“I think everyone is pretty darn disappointed,” said Argos head coach Ryan Dinwiddie. “And given what was at stake and I didn’t have that type of performance, especially in attack, so it’s unfortunate.

“It’s not going to define our season. We still have four games. We have to find a way to move the ship in the right direction. ”

The Alouettes woke up to a quiet start to the second quarter. Monshadrik Hunter became the very first Alouette to intercept Bethel-Thompson and Shiltz made Toronto pay off the next play with a 33-yard bomb to Lewis for the first touchdown of the night.

“He doesn’t let things affect him and that’s a great trait to have as a quarterback,” Jones said. “We had the interception and right after he threw a touchdown and that was kind of cool because he was like, ‘You want me to hit (Lewis) on that?’ And I was like, ‘If you feel it, then go hit it.’ And he felt it so it was nice to see.

Lewis scored his second touchdown of the night on an even bigger play when Shiltz found him wide open for a 58-yard game.

Stanback ran a yard over the third and the goal to give Montreal a 21-10 lead before halftime.

After missing his first field goal and hitting the right on his second, Côté pulled it off the third time, hitting a 43-yard attempt to give Montreal a 24-10 lead in the third quarter.

Stanback exploded with a 65-yard rush in the dying moments of the third, his longest run of the season, and Côté added a second basket to give the Alouettes a 27-10 lead early in the fourth.

Pipkin scored the only second-half points for Toronto, replacing Bethel-Thompson. The former Alouette ran for eight yards giving Toronto a 10-7 lead.

With 6:20 left on the game clock, Pipkin rushed on the third down for his second touchdown. The Argos opted for a two-point conversion but Chris Ackie intercepted Bethel-Thompson, keeping the score at 28-16.

Najee Murray intercepted Bethel-Thompson for the fourth time seconds to go, returning the ball 64 yards for a touchdown. The pick of six sealed the Alouettes’ 145th home win since the franchise returned to Montreal in 1996.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 22, 2021.


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