Shiltz and Artis Payne give Alouettes first home win of the season over Redblacks | The Canadian News

With the game on the line in the last series, Montreal Alouettes coach Khari Jones had to turn to backup quarterback Matt Shiltz to win his first home game of the season.

Shiltz delivered.

Shiltz replaced the injured Vernon Adams Jr., who left Percival Molson Stadium on a stretcher Monday, and led the series for the win with 42 seconds left.

Running back Cameron Artis-Payne ran on the late touchdown that led the Alouettes to a 20-16 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks, Montreal’s first home win of the season.

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“It’s just about putting the moment in perspective and not letting the moment be bigger than it is,” Shiltz said. “In my mind, I just went out and played soccer. That was my mentality when I went out to the field. The coaches trusted me enough to go out there and win the game so I’m very grateful for that. “

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Artis-Payne, replacing CFL running leader William Stanback, rushed for 122 yards in his first start for the Alouettes (4-4). The former NFL player maintained his composure in the final stretch.

“I was excited, but there were no nerves,” Artis-Payne said. “We had Schiltz, I knew he was going to make the right decisions.”

Jones called her performance “outstanding.”


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“We knew what we had with Cameron, we really knew it,” Jones said. “I didn’t change the game plan, it was the same as I normally do and he rewards us by doing what he does.”

Adams Jr. suffered a left shoulder injury that ended his game. While Jones said he would not speculate on the severity of the injury, he said his condition was “discomfort” and that the medical team took the quarterback to ease the pain.

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Shiltz spoke highly of his teammate and wished him a speedy recovery.

“My heart goes out to him,” Shiltz said. “We are so close. In the locker room all week, we are together, we watch movies, we talk outside of football about life and my heart goes out to him. I hope you are good “.

Ottawa quarterback Caleb Evans failed to throw a touchdown pass, racking up 125 passing yards and an interception. Lewis Ward was the only Redblack (2-7) to score, kicking four field goals.

The Als came into the game with a bang. Almondo Sewell and Davis had two sacks on the first two plays of the game and forced a triple and out. Montreal followed up with their first touchdown, a five-yard pass from Adams Jr. to Jake Weinieke for his league-leading seventh touchdown.

After a difficult first quarter that saw Evans sacked three times, the Redblacks responded with a Ward field goal on the first play of the second quarter.

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Ottawa added two more points by keeping Montreal’s offense in its own zone, forcing punter Joseph Zema to concede a safety and reduce the Als’ lead to 7-5.

With 57 seconds to go in the first half, Ward shot his 20th field goal of the season to give the Redblacks an 8-7 lead heading into halftime.

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David Cote kicked two field goals to put Montreal up 13-8.

Ward connected two more field goals for a brief 14-13 lead with the Redblacks.

Before their last series to win the game, Montreal granted another safety with 3:33 left in the game after two consecutive sacks by Ottawa, the fifth and sixth of the game, respectively.

Shiltz completed all three of his passing attempts on the series for 36 yards, and said Montreal intended to go for the win rather than settle for a field goal and tie.

“He was Matt,” Jones said. “He’s calm, he doesn’t let the situation bother him and it’s great for me because I don’t have to change what I’m doing. I also had the greatest confidence in him. He doesn’t let the moment get too great for him. It’s nice to have a guy who’s been in the league and who had opportunities and was really comfortable calling the game for him. “

Shiltz would not speculate on who will be his starting quarterback on Saturday when the two teams meet again, but said he is ready to step up if necessary.

“If it’s serious and if I’m named a starter, I’ll go out there and do my job and do everything I can to help the team win,” Shiltz said. “Hope Vernon is okay. It’s only one day at a time and I’ll be ready if you call my number. “

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