With the sport on the road on the ultimate drive, Montreal Alouettes coach Khari Jones needed to name upon backup quarterback Matt Shiltz to win their first residence recreation of the season.
Stepping in for injured Vernon Adams Jr., who left Percival Molson Stadium on a stretcher on Monday, Shiltz led the game-winning drive with 42 seconds left to play.
Working again Cameron Artis-Payne ran within the late landing that lifted the Alouettes to a 20-16 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks, Montreal’s first residence win of the season.
“It’s nearly placing the second in perspective and never letting the second be larger than it’s,” Shiltz mentioned. “In my thoughts it was simply going on the market and enjoying soccer. That was my mentality going out on the sphere. The coaches trusted me sufficient to go on the market and win the sport so I’m simply very grateful for that.”
Filling in for CFL dashing chief William Stanback, Artis-Payne ran for 122 yards in his first begin for the Alouettes (4-4). The previous NFL participant saved his composure on the ultimate drive.
“I used to be excited however there have been no nerves,” Artis-Payne mentioned. “We had Schiltz in, I knew he was going to make the fitting choices.”
Jones referred to as his efficiency “excellent.”
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“We knew what we had with Cameron, we actually did,” Jones mentioned. “I didn’t change the sport plan, it was the identical as I usually do and he rewarded us by doing what he does.”
Adams Jr. suffered a left shoulder harm that ended his recreation. Whereas Jones mentioned he wouldn’t speculate on the severity of the harm, he mentioned his situation was “discomfort” and that the quarterback was taken by medical crew to ease the ache.
Shiltz spoke extremely of his teammate and wished him a speedy restoration.
“My coronary heart goes out to him,” Shiltz mentioned. “We’re actually shut. Within the locker-room all week, we’re collectively, we watch movie, we discuss exterior of soccer nearly life and my coronary heart goes out to him. I hope he’s OK.”
Ottawa quarterback Caleb Evans did not throw a landing go, racking up 125 passing yards and one interception. Lewis Ward was the one Redblack (2-7) to attain, kicking 4 discipline objectives.
The Als entered the sport with a bang. Almondo Sewell and Davis recorded two sacks on the 2 first performs of the sport and compelled a three-and-out. Montreal adopted with their first landing, a five-yard go from Adams Jr. to Jake Weinieke for his league-leading seventh landing.
Following a tough first quarter that noticed Evans sacked thrice, the Redblacks responded with a discipline objective from Ward within the first play of the second quarter.
Ottawa added two extra factors by holding the Montreal offence in their very own zone, forcing punter Joseph Zema to concede a security and slicing the Als’ result in 7-5.
With 57 seconds to go within the first half, Ward booted his twentieth discipline objective of the season, to present the Redblacks an 8-7 lead heading into the break.
David Cote kicked two discipline objectives to place Montreal up 13-8.
Ward linked on two extra discipline objectives for a short-lived 14-13 Redblacks lead.
Earlier than their last game-winning drive, Montreal conceded one other security with 3:33 to go within the recreation following two consecutive sacks by Ottawa, their fifth and sixth of the sport respectively.
Shiltz accomplished all three of his go makes an attempt within the drive for 36 yards, and mentioned Montreal was intent on going for the win slightly than accept a discipline objective and tie.
“He was Matt,” Jones mentioned. “He’s calm, he doesn’t let the state of affairs hassle him and it’s nice for me as a result of I don’t have to vary what I’m doing. I had the utmost confidence in him too. He doesn’t let the second get too nice for him. It’s good to have a man who’s been across the league and that had alternatives and it simply felt actually comfy calling the sport for him.”
Shiltz wouldn’t speculate about who his beginning quarterback can be on Saturday, when the 2 groups meet once more, however he mentioned he’s able to step up once more if wanted.
“Whether it is one thing critical and if I’m named the starter I’ll simply go on the market and do my job and I’ll do no matter I can to assist the staff win,” Shiltz mentioned. “I hope that Vernon is OK. It’s simply at some point at a time and I’ll be prepared if my quantity known as upon.”
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