- Montreal Alouettes punch their ticket to the Eastern Semi-Finals with a dominant win.
- Ottawa REDBLACKS struggle against Montreal’s blitz-heavy defensive scheme, dropping to a 4-11 record in the CFL standings.
- Key players like Cody Fajardo and William Stanback deliver stellar performances for Montreal, while Dustin Crum’s two interceptions hinder Ottawa’s offense.
The Montreal Alouettes secured their spot in the Eastern Semi-Finals with a resounding 32-15 victory over the Ottawa REDBLACKS. Leading 22-0 at the end of the third quarter, Montreal’s robust defense and efficient offensive play were the hallmarks of their win. QB Cody Fajardo and RB William Stanback were the standouts on offense, while the defense also scored, courtesy of a 109-yard pick-six by DB Marc-Antoine Dequoy. Ottawa QB Dustin Crum struggled against Montreal’s blitz-heavy system, throwing two interceptions as the REDBLACKS saw their CFL scores stagnate, dropping to a 4-11 record.
Montreal Alouettes’ Performance
- Cody Fajardo, QB: Completed 15 out of 20 passes for 178 yards and a TD, zero interceptions.
- William Stanback, RB: Rushed 13 times for 85 yards and scored a 24-yard touchdown.
- Tyson Philpot, WR: Had 3 receptions for 41 yards and a TD.
Montreal’s offensive line provided ample protection for Cody Fajardo, who managed to capitalize by involving his key playmakers effectively. William Stanback had a standout performance, rushing for 85 yards including a 24-yard touchdown. The receiving corps was led by Tyson Philpot, who caught a touchdown pass from Fajardo.
- Avery Williams, LB: 7 total tackles, 1 special team tackle.
- Reggie Stubblefield, LB: 7 total tackles, 1 special team tackle, 2 QB sacks, 1 interception.
- Marc- Antoine Dequoy, S: 3 total tackles, 1 interception.
Montreal’s defense was relentless, putting constant pressure on Ottawa’s quarterbacks and neutralizing their run game. Linebackers Avery Williams and Reggie Stubblefield were particularly impactful, with Stubblefield also adding 2 sacks and an interception to his stats. Safety Marc- Antoine Dequoy contributed with a game-changing 109-yard pick-six.
Ottawa REDBLACKS’ Performance
- Dustin Crum, QB: Completed 25 out of 34 passes for 247 yards, zero TDs, and two interceptions.
- Devonte Williams, RB: 7 rushes for 25 yards and a touchdown.
- Bralon Addison, WR: 7 receptions for 94 yards.
Ottawa’s offense found it challenging to penetrate Montreal’s defense. Despite completing 25 passes, QB Dustin Crum couldn’t get the ball in the end zone and threw two interceptions. Devonte Williams was the lone bright spot, contributing a touchdown on the ground.
- Damon Webb, CB: 5 total tackles, 1 special team tackle.
- Michael Wakefield, DT: 4 total tackles, 1 QB sack.
Ottawa’s defense, despite putting up a fight, couldn’t contain Montreal’s balanced attack. Cornerback Damon Webb led the team in tackles, but it wasn’t enough to swing the game in Ottawa’s favor.
The Montreal Alouettes displayed a comprehensive performance against the Ottawa REDBLACKS, solidifying their position in the CFL standings. On the flip side, Ottawa needs to rethink their strategy if they aim to improve their CFL scores in the future. The spotlight will now turn to the Eastern Semi-Finals, where Montreal’s mettle will truly be tested.
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