After an agonizing 22-game home losing streak dating back to 2019, the Edmonton Elks finally clinched a win at Commonwealth Stadium, beating the visiting Ottawa REDBLACKS 30-20. Second-year quarterback Tre Ford put up an electrifying performance, surpassing the 300-yard passing mark for the first time in his career. With this win, the Elks are beginning to rebound from their 0-9 start to the season, making for some interesting shifts in the CFL standings.
Ottawa REDBLACKS’ Performance
The Ottawa REDBLACKS had a challenging outing against a revitalized Edmonton defense. Quarterback Dustin Crum completed 17 of 26 passes, throwing for 172 yards, but failed to register a touchdown or an interception. On the ground, running back Devonte Williams was the standout, rushing for 84 yards and scoring a crucial touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The REDBLACKS’ defensive unit put up a respectable fight. Linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox had a standout performance with 10 tackles and a sack. Unfortunately, the defense couldn’t capitalize on key moments, which kept them on the back foot for much of the game.
Edmonton Elks’ Performance
Tre Ford was the hero for the Elks, completing 15 of 18 passes for 317 yards and a touchdown. He also showcased his rushing capabilities, adding another 74 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Eugene Lewis, the receiver, also shined, pulling in three catches for a game-high 112 yards and a touchdown.
Linebacker Nyles Morgan led the defensive stats sheet with nine tackles, providing a stable presence throughout the game. The Edmonton defense held strong when it mattered, significantly impacting the CFL scores for this week.
The Edmonton Elks’ win brought a wave of relief across Commonwealth Stadium, breaking a home losing streak that lasted for 1,415 days. Although the REDBLACKS showed promise, they were unable to perform at the crucial moments, leaving them behind in both the game and the CFL standings.
The Edmonton Elks now look ahead to a matchup with the Calgary Stampeders on Labour Day Monday, while the Ottawa REDBLACKS will seek to find their rhythm in upcoming games.
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