MONTREAL | The arrival of Danny Maciocia on the sidelines did not allow the Alouettes to come out of their torpor, they who lost 32 to 31 against the Edmonton Elks, Thursday night, at State Percival-Molson.
The troop of the one who took the interim of Khari Jones found a way to escape a lead late in the game, she who led 31-12 with three minutes to go in the third quarter. The visitors took advantage of the largesse of their rivals to score 20 unanswered points and escape with victory, their second in six outings in 2022.
Several defensive players will blame themselves for the streak that allowed the Elks to take the lead, when they had the opportunity to knock down quarterback Taylor Cornelius at a key moment. The latter snuck up like an eel and found one of his teammates on 17 yards. On the next play, Wesley Sutter was assessed a penalty for interfering with a receiver, which allowed Edmonton to advance 50 yards. What had to happen happened and the Elks took the lead with just over three minutes to go.
Recovering the ball afterwards, the Alouettes' offense failed miserably and the Montreal club suffered a fourth loss in five games.
Before this stampede, the Sparrows had still demonstrated some good things. For the first time this season, the offense scored four touchdowns in one game. She also converted four of her five appearances in the red zone and showed much more creativity.
Defensively, Marc-Antoine Dequoy made his second career interception. In the second quarter, he returned the ball for 50 yards and was stopped at the one-yard line by Cornelius.
Having scored majors in his last two games, punt returner Chandler Worthy was unable to reoffend and add his name to the Canadian League record books. Still, he was a constant threat with the ball in hand and amassed 148 yards.
2002 champions celebrated
Failing to attend with a victory for their favorites, the fans present had the opportunity to cheer on several players from the 2002 Gray Cup champion edition.
The Montreal organization took advantage of the halftime to mark the 20th anniversary of the coronation against the Edmonton club. Among the former players present, Ben Cahoon got the biggest reaction from the crowd.
Crossed before the ceremony, Cahoon spoke about the special relationship he has with Montreal fans.
“It's so special. I never really understood the love story that exists between us, but I appreciate it immensely and I love the fans. I feel privileged,” expressed the former star wide receiver.