If there was one question I had during training camp, it was how long would it take for the Eskimo offense to get on track? A brand new quarterback and brand new receivers learning a new system often takes weeks for everyone to get on the same page. I was pleasantly surprised to see Trevor Harris use all of his weapons in the opening quarter of Friday’s game and move the ball effectively against the Alouette’s.
Despite the solid play on offense, there was a downside …and that was turnovers! The Eskimos turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, once on the Montreal five yard line (Collins Jr.) and a second time near midfield when punt returner Monshadrick (Money) Hunter fumbled giving the Alouette’s the ball Eskimo 54. It resulted in Montreal’s first touchdown of the game giving the visiting team a 7-2 lead. The second quarter was more of the first as the Eskimo offense continued to move the ball rolling up around 300 yards in the first half and taking a 16-8 lead into the locker room at half time.
In the first half, the Eskimo defense did a good job of keeping the Montreal offense under wraps. The offense under Antonio Pipkin struggled to get into any kind of rhythm and that continued in the second half as well. The Eskimo defense did not have a lot of sacks, but they did a good job of pressuring the QB and keeping the Montreal offense off balance. With about four minutes left in the third quarter and the Alouette’s trailing 16-8, Pipkin suffered an injury and had to come out of the game. On the Eskimos next possession, the team drove the ball 99 yards on nine plays and now had a 25-8 lead.
The Eskimos seemed to take their foot off the gas after that and Adams Jr started to slowly pick away at the lead. A couple of fourth quarter touchdowns reduced the lead to 25-22 with almost half the fouth quarter left to play. The Eskimo offense was sputtering while the Montreal offense was surging! To make things just a little closer, the Alouette’s scored the tying field goal with just over two minutes left in the game. It was time for the Eskimo offense to take control of the game back and that is exactly what happened. Trevor Harris only needed four plays to take the team 70 yards for the go ahead touchdown. That still left a minute and a half for Montreal to respond, but their attempts would fall short as Anthony Orange would intercept Adams to seal the Eskimo win.