Vernon Adams Jr. showcased his quarterback prowess by tossing three touchdowns against his former team as the BC Lions bested the Montreal Alouettes 34-25 to kick off the OK Tire Labour Day Weekend. With four lead changes in the second half, the Lions finally solidified their lead in the final quarter, ensuring their 8-4 standing in the CFL standings. Cody Fajardo and the Alouettes made commendable efforts but ultimately fell short, dropping to a 6-5 record.
BC Lions: A Complete Team Performance
Vernon Adams Jr. had a game to remember. The quarterback completed 21-of-33 passes for a whopping 306 yards and three touchdowns without any interceptions. A playmaker for the Lions, Adams was instrumental in setting the rhythm for BC’s offense.
Taquan Mizzell, the running back, contributed 68 rushing yards and a crucial touchdown. He made 14 attempts, the longest being a 10-yard run.
Alexander Hollins and Keon Hatcher were the star wide receivers, combining for 144 receiving yards and three majors. Hollins was the primary target, grabbing 5 receptions for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Defensively, T.J. Lee stood out with an interception and 8 total tackles. Quincy Mauger came up with a decisive pick in the 4th quarter that stymied the Alouettes’ late-game push.
Montreal Alouettes: High Efforts but Low Rewards
Cody Fajardo had a mixed outing, completing 22-of-35 passes for 308 yards and a single touchdown but marred by two interceptions.
William Stanback turned out to be a bright spot, rushing for 102 yards and scoring a 69-yard touchdown.
Austin Mack, the wide receiver, caught 7 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, showing glimpses of brilliance.
Frederic Chagnon led the defensive front with 6 total tackles. While the defense kept the Lions from running away with the game, they couldn’t come up with game-changing plays when it mattered.
The game was a battle of wills and tactical masterstrokes but the Lions proved to be the better team. With this win, they improve their CFL standings, whereas the Alouettes will have to reassess and come back stronger. Among CFL scores this weekend, this game stood out for its intensity and strategy.
The Alouettes will return to the field on Saturday, September 9, against the Toronto Argonauts. Meanwhile, the Lions will enjoy a week off before hosting the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Saturday, September 16.
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