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Alouettes aim for first home win of the season vs. Lions

Field Level Media
17 Sep 2021, 14:05 GMT+10

The Montreal Alouettes will go for their first win at home when they host the BC Lions on Saturday evening.

Montreal (2-2) is coming off a bye week, but it picked up a 51-29 road win over the Ottawa Redblacks on Sept. 3. That followed a 27-10 loss at home on Aug. 27 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Alouettes quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. is looking to stay sharp for a second game in a row after completing 18 of 23 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns against Hamilton. He also rushed seven times for 35 yards.

"My teammates did not give up on me," Adams said. "They knew I had lost some confidence. But they still had faith in me. They told me to be myself, to move the ball downfield ... that I didn't need to be perfect, and they'd be there for me. I really appreciated that."

The Lions (3-2) are coming off back-to-back wins against Ottawa. BC posted a 24-12 victory on the road against the Redblacks on Aug. 28 and a 45-13 home win against Ottawa on Sept. 11.

"We made some really good catches," Lions head coach Rick Campbell said. "It's fun to watch those guys play because they make really special things happen. That's what you need sometimes. It doesn't always work the way it's drawn up, but you have good players that can bail you out. That's fun to see."

Montreal will play its first game without head coach Khari Jones, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and will be isolated from the team for at least 10 days. He is asymptomatic and in good spirits, according to a team statement released Tuesday.

Andre Bolduc, the team's assistant head coach and running backs coach, will take over for Jones during his absence. Bolduc will consult with Jones during virtual meetings in the days leading up to the game, the Alouettes said.

--Field Level Media

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