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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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.
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.