Harris replaces ineffective Shiltz as Riders end Alouettes’ four-game winning streak

Montreal could have scored its ticket to the postseason with a win, but now it ranks third in the East Division.

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The Alouettes woke up Saturday morning first in the East Division. But, at the end of the night, they were in third place and were about to face an overwhelming schedule.

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And now, they could have a controversy with the quarterback.

Matthew Shiltz was ineffective in his third start after replacing the injured Vernon Adams Jr. and was replaced by veteran Trevor Harris late in the third quarter. But it mattered little tonight.

Montreal’s four-game winning streak came to a complete halt, reversed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders 19-14 on Saturday night in front of just 11,817 spectators at Molson Stadium.

Toronto, which beat BC in overtime early Saturday, ranks first at 7-4. Hamilton and the Alouettes are 6-5, but the Tiger-Cats have the tiebreaker, leaving Montreal in third place heading into a pair of games against the 10-1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting next Saturday night. on the road.

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William Powell scored the only touchdown of the game on a three-yard run just before halftime. Brett Lauther added four field goals. The Riders improved to 7-4 and clinched a playoff spot. Montreal could have scored its ticket to the postseason with a win.

David Côté kicked two field goals for the Als, while Joseph Zema added a punt single. Harris, acquired two weeks ago in an Edmonton trade, passed four yards to Eugene Lewis for a late touchdown, making the score more respectable.

Shiltz completed just seven of 13 passes for 106 yards and was intercepted once.

As Montreal scored on their opening possession, they had to settle for a field goal rather than a touchdown.

William Stanback ran for a 12-yard gain, moving the ball into Riders territory. Two plays later, Shiltz connected with Lewis for a 21-yard pass, moving the ball to Saskatchewan’s 31st.

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But the march eventually stalled and Côté opened the scoring with a 36-yard field goal at 7:22.

The visitors failed to generate a first down in the second series in a row and the Alouettes looked poised to increase their lead.

A pass to Reggie White Jr. was good for 20 yards. Stanback then gained 13 yards on a pair of runs, moving the ball to 31 for the Riders. But Shiltz was sacked for a five-yard loss on the second try.

Montreal was going to attempt a 43-yard field goal until Michael Wakefield was called in for the procedure, thwarting the thought process of head coach Khari Jones, who chose to punt instead, hoping to win the battle for position. field.

The momentum of the game changed in the second quarter. Shiltz attempted a pass to Jake Wieneke that was intercepted by safety Loucheiz Purifoy, who returned it 36 ​​yards, almost to midfield.

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From there, Saskatchewan quarterback Cody Fajardo methodically moved his team down the field. He passed 14 yards to Kyran Moore, then found Kian Schaffer-Baker for a 12-yard gain. A shovel pass to Shaq Evans was good for 12 yards.

Three plays later, Powell rebounded off a potential tackler, scoring on a three-yard run at 2:27 p.m.

One of the few bright spots offensively in the middle was the run of Stanback, who gained 56 yards on 14 carries. White also caught four passes for 68 yards.

Things did not improve for the Alouettes in the third quarter, as the team made just eight offensive plays. By the end of the term, Harris had replaced Shiltz as quarterback.

Montreal’s defense was unable to contain the Riders, who were deeply backed in their finish early in the quarter. Fajardo, using a fast pitch and smart play selection, hit newcomer Duke Williams for 15 yards and Evans for a 14-yard gain. Then Fajardo ran for a 14-yard gain.

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The Riders eventually advanced the ball to the Als’ 13, but had to settle for Lauther’s 21-yard field goal at 8:15.

Shiltz stopped on a third down from Montreal 29 on the next drive, but Saskatchewan was only able to score a 36-yard field goal at 11:42, increasing their lead to 13-3.

Shiltz was nearly intercepted a second time but, after a video review, it was determined that cornerback Nick Marshall caught the ball. Still, Jones had seen enough. Harris replaced Shiltz the next time Montreal had the ball.

Côté took the lead with a 45-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but Lauther’s 41 yard at 3:26 restored the Riders’ 10-point lead.

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