Eugene Lewis scores two TDs, tops 1,000 yards to lead Alouettes over Ticats

The 23-16 victory was Montreal’s fourth in its last five games, cementing its position in second place in the Eastern Division.

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It took three tries, but the Alouettes finally won a game after a bye week on the schedule.

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Eugene Lewis scored two touchdowns, including one with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, leading Montreal to a 23-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night before 17,008 fans at Molson Stadium.

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On Lewis’ second touchdown, a 9-yard pass from Trevor Harris, he surpassed 1,000 yards for the second time in his career.

David Côté completed Montreal’s scoring with three shots from the field. It was the Alouettes’ fourth victory in their last five games, cementing their position in second place in the Eastern Division and improving their record to 6-7.

Running back Wes Hills scored Hamilton’s only touchdown, while Seth Small added three field goals.

The Ticats’ record has dropped to 4-10, while Hamilton has lost all seven of his away games this season.

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Both teams’ offenses started the game with long shots, but neither was able to convert possessions into points as the first quarter ended scoreless.

But Hamilton began the second period with a nine-play, 86-yard touchdown drive that included a 38-yard pass to Tim White, who beat cornerback Nafees Lyon on the play.

That put the ball at the Montreal 12-yard line. From there, running back Hills gained eight yards on first down before scoring on a four-yard run at 3:51, giving the Tiger-Cats a 7-0 lead.

The Alouettes cut that lead short with Côté’s first field goal, a 41-yard pass at 9:57. A 31-yard pass from Harris to Jake Wieneke put the ball at the Ticats’ 38-yard line.

The first half ended with a 32-yard field goal by Small on the final play.

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Montreal struggled offensively for the first 30 minutes, generating just eight first downs and a net 105-yard drive. Harris completed 9 of 14 passes for 91 yards, but was outplayed by Dane Evans, who was good on 14 of 16 attempts for 163 yards.

The third quarter was a bit more open and the scoring began with Côté’s 51-yard field goal, the longest of his season, at 3:21, cutting the Ticats’ lead to 10-6.

But the visitors responded immediately, Small hitting a 38-yard field goal at 4:59, restoring their seven-point lead.

Montreal then engineered a nine-play, 70-yard drive for his first touchdown. The drive began with a 12-yard run from Canadian running back Jeshrun Antwi, along with an 11-yard pass to Lewis and a 20-yard pass to Wieneke, who has struggled to produce this season.

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But after a 10-yard pass to Lewis, which carried the ball to Hamilton’s 5-yard line, the game was delayed about 15 minutes following what appeared to be a serious neck injury to cornerback Rodney Randle Jr. The former Alouette he was eventually removed from the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

Two plays after the stoppage, Harris connected with Lewis in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown. But the snap was high on the convert and Côté’s kick hit the post, leaving Montreal trailing 13-12 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Alouettes produced an impressive drive as the third period ended, driving Hamilton 4. But the first-down pass to Hergy Mayala was incomplete. Harris’s pass hit the crossbar on second down and Montreal had to settle for Côté’s 12-yard field goal in the 44th second, giving the Als their first lead, 15-13.

The Ticats regained the lead on Small’s 9-yard field goal at 10:56, though Montreal did a good job of keeping Hamilton out of the end zone.

Coming off a four-game homestand, the Alouettes will finally play an away game next Saturday in Edmonton.

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