- Montreal’s offence shines in the fourth quarter with Fajardo at the helm.
- Hamilton’s efforts curbed by Montreal’s defense; struggle to reach end zone.
- Alouettes to face Toronto Argonauts in Eastern Final.
In a game that highlighted defensive prowess and late offensive bursts, the Montreal Alouettes clinched a victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with a 27-12 win in the Eastern Semi-Final. While Hamilton’s offense faltered, the Alouettes, led by quarterback Cody Fajardo, capitalized in critical moments to secure their spot in the Eastern Final.
Montreal’s victory was spearheaded by the dual-threat quarterback Cody Fajardo, who not only threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns but also added 62 yards on the ground. The Alouettes’ offense found its rhythm late in the game, converting crucial plays into scores. William Stanback’s rushing effort was pivotal, contributing 95 yards and maintaining ground control.
On defense, the Alouettes were stalwart, with linebacker Darnell Sankey and defensive end Shawn Lemon making key plays, including sacks and an interception. This collective defensive effort stifled Hamilton’s offense throughout the game.
Hamilton’s offense struggled to find consistency, with quarterback Matthew Shiltz throwing for 144 yards and an interception. Bo Levi Mitchell’s late appearance did not turn the tide as he faced a similar fate with an interception. The running game showed promise with James Butler’s 83-yard effort, but the lack of end zone visits ultimately hampered the team’s prospects.
The defense had bright spots with Jovan Santos-Knox and Cariel Brooks providing solid tackles and pass disruptions, but the inability to contain Montreal’s fourth-quarter surge sealed their fate.
Top Offensive Players:
- MTL: QB Cody Fajardo – 212 passing yards, 2 TDs
- HAM: RB James Butler – 83 rushing yards
Top Defensive Players:
- MTL: LB Darnell Sankey – 8 tackles, 1 interception
- HAM: LB Jameer Thurman – 6 tackles, 1 quarterback sack
The Alouettes’ performance in the clutch moments of the game exemplified their resilience and tactical execution. With this win, they assert themselves as contenders and look forward to the challenge posed by the Toronto Argonauts in the Eastern Final. As the CFL scores reflect, the Alouettes have proven their caliber, while the CFL standings will see them move forward with confidence and momentum.
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