Redblacks rally to knock off Manziel’s Alouettes

Johnny Manziel delivered a much-improved efficiency on Saturday, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient for a victory. In his second recreation as beginning quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes, Manziel’s staff misplaced 24-17 to the host Ottawa Redblacks. The previous Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was 16-for-26 passing for 168 yards and practically ran for a 17-yard landing, however he fumbled and it was recovered by centre Kristian Matte for the most important to give the Alouettes (1-7) a 16-11 lead within the third quarter. The Redblacks (5-3) rallied, nonetheless, and William Powell scampered into the top zone from 10 yards out with simply 36 seconds remaining to put his staff forward for good. Manziel was coming off a disastrous CFL debut when he threw 4 interceptions final week in a loss towards Hamilton. He was higher towards Ottawa, not throwing an interception. However the perfect quarterback was Redblacks counterpart Trevor Harris, who was 44-of-54 passing for 487 yards, surpassing the 15,000-yard mark for his profession. Redblacks rookie Lewis Ward broke Luca Congi’s CFL report for many consecutive subject targets made by a first-year participant after knocking in his 22nd straight. The 15-yard try within the fourth quarter tied the sport at 17-17. Ward’s record-breaking try got here after he made a 33-yarder earlier within the fourth to minimize Montreal’s lead to 17-14. Montreal sits final within the CFL’s East Division, whereas Ottawa is on high — the one staff within the division with a successful report. Harris threw his first landing of the sport within the third quarter, a 14-yard strike to R.J. Harris. It was Harris’ first receiving landing of the season, and put Ottawa forward 11-5 — its first lead of the sport. The Alouettes added a single simply earlier than halftime to make it 9-5. It got here after Ward made a 45-yard subject objective to minimize the lead to 8-5. A Harris cross meant for Greg Ellingson was picked off by Montreal linebacker Chris Ackie and returned 35 yards for a landing to give the Alouettes an 8-2 lead earlier within the second quarter. The lone level scored by both staff in a turnover-filled first quarter got here after Montreal’s Bede booted a 57-yard punt into the Ottawa finish zone for a single. The Redblacks head to Winnipeg to play the Blue Bombers (5-3) on Friday, whereas the Alouettes are in Edmonton to tackle the Eskimos (5-3) subsequent Saturday.

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