Alouettes’ Vernon Adams Jr. throws three touchdown passes in win over Argonauts

Alouettes’ Vernon Adams Jr. throws three touchdown passes in win over Argonauts

Alouettes’ Vernon Adams Jr. throws three touchdown passes in win over Argonauts

Alouettes 27 Argonauts 24

MONTREAL — As far as Montreal quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., is concerned, the Alouettes are already on the road to the Grey Cup.

“We don’t want to take any game lightly,” said Adams. “We want to go 6-0 for these next six weeks. We took care of one goal tonight, going 1-0, and now we want to go 5-0 for the rest of the season.”

Adams threw three touchdown as Montreal defeated the Toronto Argonauts 27-24 on Friday night at Percival Molson Stadium. It was another close affair for the Als, as has been in the case in many of their victories this season. Adams is still looking to for a more emphatic victory before the season is over.

“That’s what I’ve been saying,” said Adams. “We need one of those convincing wins where it’s not close. We got the win but I do think we need one of those wins. But at the end of the day, let’s just keep winning.”

Adams threw 16 completions on 23 passing attempts for 249 yards along with his three scores for Montreal (9-8).

Als running back William Stanback reached the 1,000-yard plateau on the season, rushing for 11 carries and 49 yards in the game.

“Tonight was something special,” Stanback said. “A lot of backs don’t get the opportunity to have 1,000 yards in this particular league. It shows what type of running game we have.”

Montreal lost receiver DeVier Posey to a high thigh bruise during the second half. The Als also lost defensive back Tommie Campbell to injury. Head coach Khari Jones said both players were okay but didn’t provide more specifics on their injuries.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw for 342 yards on 35 completions for Toronto (3-13). He added two TD passes and a rushing touchdown.

Montreal scored the game’s first ten points. Following a 36-yard field goal from Boris Bede in the first quarter, Adams threw his touchdown pass of the night to Posey to give his team a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.

Toronto kicker Tyler Crapigna had a 41-yard field goal to make the score 10-3. But Bede restored his team’s 10-point advantage with a 40-yard field goal of his own with a little over five minutes to play in the first half. Crapigna had his second kick blocked seconds before halftime, giving Montreal a 13-3 lead heading into the break.

Stanback reached over 1,000 rushing yards on the season in the third quarter, when he ran for five yards on his 11th carry of the night in the opening minutes of the second half.

The Argos, once again, cut into the Alouettes lead later in the quarter. Bethel-Thompson ran a quarterback sneak into the end zone, bringing the score to 13-10.

Then, with 3:04 left in the third quarter, ex-Alouette S.J. Green caught a touchdown pass from Bethel-Thompson to give the Argos the lead for the first time.

But with 10:26 to go in the fourth, Adams threw a screen pass to Jeremiah Johnson. The 32-year old weaved his way around defenders, leading to a 45-yard score and a three-point lead. Later in the quarter, Adams threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Quan Bray to give Montreal a 10-point lead again.

“Khari (Jones) called a great play,” Johnson said. “Seen two of my guys blocking, cut back, just happened to look back to my left and it was wide open. Nothing but green. And then I just turned it on. Tried to run as fast as I can.”

The Argonauts would draw within three points with 1:14 to play as Bethel-Thompson threw his second touchdown pass of the night to Chandler Worthy. Crapigna attempted a game-tying field goal with two seconds left in the game, but his kick was well short of the uprights.

NOTES: Toronto’s S.J. Green moved into 15th all-time in receiving yards among Canadian Football League receivers, surpassing former Hamilton receiver Earl Winfield…17,003 fans were in attendance for Friday night’s game…The Als’ victory was their 300th home victory in franchise history.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(File photo by Advocate staff)
Zero tax increase approved by Red Deer city council for 2021 and 2022

City council passed operating budgets for the next two years on Thursday

Red Deer city council approved a $39.6 million police budget for 2021, up for inflationary reasons from $37.9 million in 2020. (Black Press file photo).
Red Deer city council retains police funding, while also launching a crisis team

De-funding police is not a conversation in this municipality

Alberta reported an additional 1,854 cases of COVID-19 Thursday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories)
Red Deer has 289 active cases of COVID-19

Province now has 17,743 active cases

The Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer has new owners. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Cambridge Hotel in Red Deer has new ownership group

‘They’re making an investment in this iconic hotel for the future,’ says general manager Gil Vallee

The new Gasoline Alley Farmers Market officially opened on Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Gasoline Alley brewery a collaboration between brewers and farmers

Red Deer County’s newest brewery has been built from the ground up… Continue reading

Dan Cochrane, senior pastor at CrossRoads Church. Contributed photo
CrossRoads Church closes its doors for two weeks after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

CrossRoads Church made the decision to cancel in-house services for two weeks… Continue reading

Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the Manitoba Assembly of Chiefs, speaks during an Assembly of First Nations annual general meeting in Regina on Thursday, July 27, 2017. As a second wave of COVID-19 washes over the First Nations population with disproportionate and deadly impacts, leaders and health professionals are facing an extra challenge. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor
Gaining trust: History of Indigenous experiments poses challenge in COVID health

Gaining trust: History of Indigenous experiments poses challenge in COVID health

Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance responds to a question during a news conference Friday, June 26, 2020 in Ottawa. Vance is ordering his troops to be ready to pick up COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. and Europe on short notice, and prepare to help distribute the doses while responding to floods and other emergencies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Feds, provinces to stage distribution dry run as approval of first vaccine imminent

Feds, provinces to stage distribution dry run as approval of first vaccine imminent

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

A mother and her son, shown in this undated handout image provided by Kristy Wolfe Photography, communicate using a PECS binder about what is happening next in their day. A new report from British Columbia's representative for children and youth says the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated long-standing problems with the province's support systems for those with so-called special needs, leaving families feeling abandoned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kristy Wolfe Photography *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Children and youth with special needs ‘left out’ of pandemic response: B.C. watchdog

Children and youth with special needs ‘left out’ of pandemic response: B.C. watchdog

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney makes an announcement at a news conference in Calgary on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The Prairies have become the epicentre of the second wave of COVID-19 in Canada with exponential growth in cases linked to pandemic fatigue and a reluctance to impose stricter health measures in the fall, infectious disease experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Twist of fate: Prairie provinces become COVID-19 hot spot in pandemic’s second wave

Twist of fate: Prairie provinces become COVID-19 hot spot in pandemic’s second wave

The Bond Fire, driven by high winds, burns the hillsides west of Santiago Canyon Road near Silverado Canyon, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Leonard Ortiz/The Orange County Register via AP)
Wind fans wildfire in California canyons, residents flee

Wind fans wildfire in California canyons, residents flee

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Volkan Bozkir, President of the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, chairs the General Assembly: General Debate, during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (Rick Bajornas/UN Photo via AP)
UN chief: Vaccine can’t undo damage from global pandemic

UN chief: Vaccine can’t undo damage from global pandemic

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in a scene from "Wonder Woman 1984." The film isn't skipping theaters or moving to 2021, but it is altering course. The last big blockbuster holdout of 2020 is still opening in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day but it will also be made available to HBO Max subscribers free of charge for its first month, Warner Bros. said Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros Pictures via AP)
In seismic shift, Warner Bros. to stream all 2021 films

In seismic shift, Warner Bros. to stream all 2021 films

Most Read