Edmonton Eskimos Beat Montreal Alouettes to Start Season with Back-to-Back Wins

By Jones, Shane | The Canadian Press, July 1, 2017 | Go to article overview

Edmonton Eskimos Beat Montreal Alouettes to Start Season with Back-to-Back Wins


Jones, Shane, The Canadian Press


Eskimos hold on to beat visiting Alouettes

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Edmonton Eskimos head coach Jason Maas likes where his team is at heading into their bye week.

Adarius Bowman's fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference as the Eskimos won their second straight game to begin the season, defeating the Montreal Alouettes 23-19 on Friday.

"To be 2-0 going into your bye, it's what you ask for, it's what you want," said Maas.

"The best part about this game was it wasn't our best. A lot of discipline problems, we need to clean some things up but it's good because we have a long week when we get back, we get to watch this film and correct them."

Edmonton beat the B.C. Lions 30-27 in the season opener for both teams last week.

"Adarius did his job against B.C., tonight his job was to catch the ball," said Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly of Bowman's game-winning four-yard TD grab. "He got open and he made it happen and it was an amazing catch in the end zone for that touchdown."

With the loss, the Alouettes dropped to 1-1.

"We had a decent first half," said Montreal head coach Jacques Chapdelaine. "That is what is disappointing, I don't think we matched Edmonton's intensity in the second half. We failed to uphold a certain attention to details and things unravelled on us."

Montreal got on the board first, with six minutes left in the opening quarter, on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Darian Durant to Tiquan Underwood. The drive started on a fumble by Eskimos running back John White.

White fumbled the ball away in his own end once again two minutes later and suffered a knee injury on the play, having to be carried off the field by a teammate. The fumble set up a 12-yard field goal by Boris Bede. …

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