Alouettes bounces back with victory over Lions

The Montreal Alouettes used a strong 21-point effort in the first half to take a 31-10 win over the BC Lions on Friday night.

The Alouettes (5-7) not only shook off a heavy loss to the Ottawa Redblacks last week, but also lost nine games to the Lions.

Quarterback Trevor Harris threw 163 yards on 16-of-23 passing to go along with one touchdown and one interception.

In his Alouettes debut, cornerback Nafees Lyon had one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. QB Dominique Davis had one hasty touchdown.

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Nafees Lyon returned a 51-yard interception for a major when Montreal defeated BC 31-10 Friday night.

On his return to Montreal, Lions QB Antonio Pipkin threw for 174 yards on 13-of-24 passes with one interception.

Vernon Adams Jr. also made his homecoming to Montreal after the Alouettes traded the quarterback to BC on August 31. Adams served as a backup, playing parts of the first and second quarters, picking up just 17 passing yards.

The Lions (8-3) broke the ice with a 36-yard field goal from former Alouette Sean Whyte for the Lions’ only points of the first half.

The Alouettes put their first two points on the board when defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson knocked Pipkin down in BC’s end zone for a safety.

Minutes later, Davis found the end zone on a two-meter QB sneak for his tenth rushing TD of the season, after a punter blocked by Zach Lindley put Montreal on the Lions’ 25-meter line.

The Alouettes then created a two-figure gap by scoring 13 runs in the second quarter.

David Côté scored a field goal from 13 yards to give Montreal an 11-3 lead. Minutes later, the Alouettes increased their lead to 15 points when Harris found Eugene Lewis for a 12-yard score.

Côté scored his second field goal of the evening late in the fifteen minutes and gave his team a 21-3 at halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, Pipkin and the BC attack decided to tempt fate on the third and goal. Again, Johnson got the better of Pipkin with a sack to force a turnover on downs.

The Lions defense offered some help in the fourth inning with an interception by Manny Rugamba on the Montreal 33-yard line. The Lions made Montreal pay with a short drive that ended with a one-meter sneak through Pipkin, taking Als’s lead to 11 points.

Seven minutes later, Lyon intercepted Pipkin and scored on a 52-yard return to put Montreal further ahead.

Côté capped Montreal’s win with his 30th field goal of the season with less than two minutes left.