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Alouettes get blowout win on Ben Cahoon night

Montreal's offense put on a show for one of their all time greats on his jersey retirement night.

The Alouettes were reeling, coming in off of two disappointing losses in a row. Nik Lewis was calling his team out to the media after a loss to Hamilton, which was only compounded by a tough loss to the Argonauts heading into this week six clash against the Roughriders. Saskatchewan themselves were coming in on a high after winning their first game of the season last week, where the squeaked by the Ottawa Redblacks and were looking to go on a run themselves. After those tough losses it was time for the Alouettes to put up a blowout score of their own, and answer the questions many were posing about their offense so far.

Montreal were able to score on their first possession of the game with Kevin Glenn finding BJ Cunningham for an early touchdown, only eight plays into the game, for a 6-0 lead. After the Boris Bede convert the score was 7-0.

The Roughriders went two-and-out on their first possession.

The Alouettes were able to get points out of their second drive as Boris Bede attempted a 46-yard field goal that went wide but still scored a single to put the Alouettes up 8-0 early on.

The teams would not do much on offense in the rest of the quarter, until Kevin Glenn took the Alouettes down the field before handing it off to Samuel Giguere who punched it in from the one-yard line. After the convert the score was 15-0 to the Alouettes.

Kevin Glenn continued to pass the ball well in the second quarter but the Alouettes just could not get points from their drives. Luckily their defense was able to keep the Roughriders off the board though.

Both teams kept punting until Brandon Bridge came in for a short-yardage play after Kevin Glenn engineered a ten play touchdown drive. Bridge punched it in from a yard out to put the Alouettes up by 21. After the convert the score was 22-0. Heading into half time, the Alouettes had so far answered the questions at their offense. The Roughriders however were stalling on offense for much of the first half and were still without a score.

At half-time the Alouettes retired the #86 jersey of Ben Cahoon, who spent many productive years in Montreal, retiring as the CFL All-Time leader in receptions with three Grey Cup championships to go alongside that. The Montreal players had put on a good show for Ben and were determined to continue it in the second half.

Saskatchewan got the first points of the second half as Tyler Crapigna nailed a 38-yard field goal to get the Riders on the board and make it a 22-3 game. The Roughriders would concede a safety soon after to make it 24-3.

Late in the third, Montreal were pressing again, and Kevin Glenn got a quick pass off to Brandon Rutley who did the rest, ducking and juking defenders all the way to the end-zone for a 38-yard touchdown play, and a 31-3 lead after the convert.

Boris Bede connected on a 13-yarder for a 34-3 lead early in the fourth quarter and Saskatchewan just could not put good drives together to garner any points. A late interception by Mitchell Gale that ended up setting up Montreal who, only two plays later, put another touchdown on the board. This time it was to Duron Carter who hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass and after the convert the score was rounded out at 41-3.

This was an all out drubbing by the Alouettes who exposed some weak defensive play by the Roughriders. The Riders could not even manage a touchdown and only scored a meager three points through four whole quarters. Chris Jones made a big splash by leaving the Eskimos – we won’t get into the recently released semantics/speculation as to why it happened – but things are not looking good at 1-4 in Riderville. Mitchell Gale went 23/41 for 211-yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

The Alouettes did Ben Cahoon proud with their performance in this game and have silenced the critics who wondered about the offensive production of this team. Kevin Glenn and Duron Carter are emerging as a deadly passing combination and they showed no signs of slowing down tonight. Kevin Glenn went 27/36 for 299-yards with two touchdowns on the night while Duron Carter had eight catches for 115-yards on the night as well.

The Alouettes welcome the B.C. Lions to town for a game on August 4 at 7:00pm EST. Saskatchewan heads to Calgary for a match on August 4 at 10:00pm EST.

Riccardo Di Stefano

RealSport's Lead CFL writer and also a contributor of NHL content. Riccardo currently pursues many media interests as a freelance Master Control Operator for Bell Media in Canada while also running his own, now affiliated stream on Twitch at Twitch.tv/RicD55.

Alouettes get blowout win on Ben Cahoon night

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