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Lions Pick up Solid Road Win versus Alouettes

B.C. outclasses Montreal with a great effort on the road

BC and Montreal came into the game under quite different circumstances. The Lions blew a huge lead last week in Calgary and were a squad desperate to prove that was only a fluke ending. Montreal however was looking for their first winning streak of this 2016 CFL season after a blowout win vs Saskatchewan.

B.C. got points on their opening drive, from a 46-yard field goal by Richie Leone to make it a 3-0 for the Lions early.

A missed field goal single by the Alouettes got them their first point of the game at 3-1.

Another good drive by B.C. set up Jeremiah Johnson to score on a 4-yard run. The Lions attempted a convert pass but were unsuccessful and the score stayed 9-1.

The Alouettes then went on a fine drive of their own, marching into B.C. territory on great plays such as 17 and 10-yard runs by Brandon Rutley. The drive culminated with a 15-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham. The Alouettes went for 2 and were unsuccessful and the score remained at 9-7 after one quarter.

An 18-yard field goal by Boris Bede early in the second gave the Alouettes a 10-9 lead. A single by the Lions would knot the score up at 10-10.

Jonathon Jennings then led an impressive 11 play touchdown drive to get his team back in the lead again. This time from a 9-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Arcenaux, which was a very nice catch in traffic as he bounced off of Alouette defenders for the nice grab and a 16-10 BC lead. The 2 point convert attempt was unsuccessful and the score stayed as such.

B.C. would get another field goal before half-time to take a 19-10 lead going into the break.

The Montreal Alouettes were once again struggling for points on offense and it seems the trend was destined to continue in the second half while B.C. was playing very sound football in all 3 facets of the game.

The first points of the half went to the Lions again, as Leone nailed a 41-yard field goal for a 22-10 lead. He would late add a single about 6 minutes later to make it a 23-10 lead.

The Alouettes at one point looked to be getting out of the hole they dug themselves as Kevin Glenn engineered a touchdown drive that culminated in him running the ball in from 5-yards out and after the Boris Bede convert the score was now 23-17. A single off of the ensuing kickoff suddenly made it just a five point game with a 23-18 score line heading into the fourth and final quarter.

Montreal swiftly destroyed any momentum they had in the final quarter as Kevin Glenn completed an 11-yard pass to Corbin Louks who subsequently fumbled the football and Loucheiz Purifoy scooped it up and was able to return the ball 47 yards to the house for a huge touchdown. After the convert the score was now 30-18.

Montreal later conceded a safety to make it a 32-18 game. Richie Leone nailed yet another field goal to make it 35-18.

The Alouettes appeared to lose all momentum after that disastrous start to the final quarter and couldn’t muster any more offense for the rest of the game.

Richie Leone finished up the scoring in this game with a 27-yard field goal that made it a 38-18.

Once again for the Alouettes, they showed flashes of being able compete in this game, but ultimately fell short again. A worrying trend that will not get them many wins this season if they continue to play this way as a superior B.C. Lions team outclassed them. Kevin Glenn went 18/27 for 231 yards and 1 touchdown in the loss.

For the Lions, this was as good of a road game as you can ask for. The Lions showed great poise the entire night on offense and never seemed rattled, even when Montreal brought it to within a 5-point game in the third and put together a solid wire-to-wire performance in this game. With this win B.C. temporarily took top spot in the Western Division but yet another top-class team from the West, the Calgary Stampeders taking the field later on, only time would tell if that lead would hold.  Jonathon Jennings went 27/32 for 331 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

The Alouettes head to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos on August 11th at 9:00pm EST while the B.C. Lions will welcome the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to town on August 13th 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.

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