No Henry Burris? No problem, say the Ottawa Redblacks. Henry Burris went down early in the Redblacks’ season opening overtime win last week, which suddenly thrusted Trevor Harris into the starting position. Harris excelled almost immediately. Sadly other extra-circular events tried to become the main story of this game, but Trevor Harris rose above all that to author a fine offensive performance. He showed no sign of slowing down as the Ottawa Redblacks came into the Percival Molson Stadium for a match-up with the Alouettes. The game would begin slowly with the defenses defining the fourth quarter.
A missed Chris Milo field goal attempt for a single by Ottawa, and a dead ball single conceded by Montreal had the score tied at 1-1 after one quarter of play. Another single by Boris Bede had Montreal up 2-1 before Trevor Harris finally got to work. Finding receiver Ernest Jackson on a nine yard touchdown pass. The Redblacks however, failed to convert on the two point conversion but stood 7-2 in the lead. The Alouettes were struggling early on offense, and were dealt a tough blow at 9:10 of the quarter as star receiver S.J. Green went down with an injury – forcing him to leave the game.
Trevor Harris and the Ottawa offense kept driving on up the field as he wanted to show his 292 yard, three touchdown performance from last week was no fluke. On they drove until Harris found Greg Ellingson for a 13 yard touchdown pass which put Ottawa up 14-2 after the conversion kick. Boris Bede and the Alouettes responded with a touchdown to make it a 14-5 game heading into halftime.
The score remained 14-5 through the third quarter until one of the event that would come to define this game occurred. At the 7:41 mark Kevin Glenn threw a ten-yard touchdown pass to Duron Carter, who made a spectacular grab to haul in the major score and started celebrating. The sidelines at Percival Molson Stadium have both benches on the same side of the field at opposite ends. In heading back to the Montreal bench Duron Carter got into verbal exchanges as he walked by the Ottawa bench. He then appeared to “bump” Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell in a heated exchange who then fell to the ground. Tempers flared as the teams started crowding and penalty flags were flying in the air like Canada Day fireworks.
65 gross yards in penalties were called in penalties to both teams on the play, which included the ejection of Duron Carter and Ottawa defensive back Jerrell Gavins.
After things calmed down the score was 14-12, following a Boris Bede convert. Bede then proceeded to blast a kickoff far enough to go out of the endzone for a single and suddenly it was a 14-13 game. Ottawa later responded with a 30-yard field goal making it 17-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
A Chris Milo 41-yard field goal at the 10:56 mark had Ottawa up 20-13 before one of the hottest quarterback-receiver duos in the CFL worked their magic again. Trevor Harris found Chris Williams on a 52-yard touchdown toss to the speedy receiver. After the convert the score was 27-13. A single conceded by Montreal rounded out the scoring as the Ottawa Redblacks defeated the Montreal Alouettes 28-13.
Trevor Harris threw for 395 yards and three touchdown passes, and still without an interception on the season. Kevin Glenn threw 259 yards for one touchdown and one interception in the losing effort.
The Alouettes need to re-group quickly as they are now 1-1 and cannot afford to get behind the eight ball and put themselves in a hole, record-wise. For Ottawa, they can just keep chugging along on offense as Harris has been spectacular early on this season, and is showing great maturity overall in his quarterback game – for which his team is reaping the benefits.
Ottawa is scheduled to play their home opener on July 8 at 7:00pm EST agaisnt the Calgary Stampeders. Montreal have a bye week to adjust their strategies.