Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trevor Harris Throws 3 TDs to Lift Redblacks over Alouettes 28-18

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trevor Harris Throws 3 TDs to Lift Redblacks over Alouettes 28-18

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Harris' 3 TDs lift Ottawa over Als 28-18


MONTREAL - The Ottawa Redblacks were quite convincing in their bid to rebound from a tough defeat.

Trevor Harris put the game out of reach with touchdown passes to J.C. Beaulieu, Brad Sinopoli and Noel Thomas in the first half and the Redblacks held on for a 28-18 victory over the offensively challenged Montreal Alouettes on Friday night.

The Redblacks (2-1) were coming off a loss last week against Calgary in which their offence struggled against the tough Stampeder defence.

"You've got to rebound whether you win or lose -- you've got to keep moving forward," said coach Rick Campbell. "This was a big win.

"There's lots to learn and lots to get better at, but it's a big thing to win on the road against your own division."

Lewis Ward added a pair of field goals for the Redblacks, who dominated the statistics and controlled the ball even if they managed only three second-half points.

Harris completed 28 of 42 passes for 342 yards, consistently hitting targets on second downs to maintain possession. Wiliams Powell started slow, but eventually the running game took over as he gained 138 yards on 23 carries. Brad Sinopoli caught 11 passes for 148 yards.

"Particularly, those runs can be demoralizing for the defence," said Campbell. "If you can get some big chunks on run plays in the CFL, it's a huge thing."

Tyrell Sutton scored the first rushing TD of the season and rookie Chris Harper caught his first career TD pass for the Alouettes (1-3), who beat Saskatchewan last week but have not won consecutive games since 2016. It marked the first time in four games the Alouettes scored more than one TD.

Jeff Mathews, making his first start for Montreal in place of the injured Drew Willy, completed 18 of 30 throws for 280 yards, including six to B.J. Cunningham for 68 yards.

"Considering the situation he was in, having (missed) pre-season and the first part of the season without a ton of reps, I thought (Mathews) handled himself admirably," said coach Mike Sherman. …

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