David Cote scores a winning field goal as the Alouettes eliminate the Ticates 23-20 in overtime
HAMILTON – This is their third win of the season, but it means a lot more than that for Vernon Adams Jr. and the Montreal Alouettes.
David Côté’s 36-yard field goal in overtime earned Montreal a 23-20 victory from behind over Hamilton on Saturday.
Not only did the Alouettes erase a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit for their first win in three games, they also ended the Tiger-Cats’ home winning streak in 11 games before a sold-out at Tim Hortons Field. from 18,000.
“Having said that we are fighters and we’re going to stay together no matter what,” Adams Jr. said. “We’re going to stay together and we’re going to fight together.”
Côté’s winning boot came after Montrealer Chris Ackie picked up Sean Thomas Erlington’s fumble in Hamilton’s first possession in overtime.
“Everyone is just relieved,” said Montreal linebacker Patrick Levels. “Excited but relieved to finally get this monkey off our back.”
“Getting out of that losing streak was everything. Beating them here is good, but at the end of the day it didn’t matter who it was, we just had to win. It was just Hamilton.”
Taylor Bertolet’s 55-yard field goal in the wind in regulation play forced overtime. It came after Adams Jr.’s 28-yard strike at Eugene Lewis with 29 seconds remaining gave Montreal (3-4) a 20-17 lead.
Adams’ throw came third and -20 after being sacked by Hamilton’s Tunde Adeleke. With the game on the line, Adams Jr. calmly found Lewis, who managed the grab in tight cover and with a Ticat defender running in front of him.
“It’s Gino,” said Adams Jr. “He always says to me, ‘You throw the ball at me, it’s going to be a 90-10 ball, 90% chance I catch it.”‘
Ackie’s 11-yard sack of Jeremiah Masoli of Hamilton helped Montreal reclaim the ball at the Ticates 49-yard line with 1:25 to go.
Lewis’s touchdown came after Hamilton’s Ciante Evans intercepted Adams Jr. with 2:16 left, giving the Ticates possession of their 14-yard line leading 17-13.
Adams Jr.’s 26-yard pass to Jake Wieneke at 2:10 reduced Hamilton’s lead to 17-10. It was set up by Nick Usher’s fumble recovery at Hamilton’s 26-yard line.
Côté’s 30-yard field goal at 6:11 brought Montreal down to 17-13.
Adams Jr. missed most of the first half with an ankle injury late in the first quarter, but came back to Montreal’s opener in the third. He completed 17 of 26 passes for 209 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Montreal moved up to third in the East Division standings, just two points behind Hamilton (4-4) and the inactive Toronto Argonauts (4-3). Next for the Alouettes will be the Ottawa Reds and Blacks (2-5), who beat Edmonton 34-24 on Tuesday, at Molson Stadium on Oct. 11.
Adams Jr. said the win over Hamilton could be the one that galvanizes Montreal, which has consistently been reported 12 times for 125 yards and lost the turnover battle 3-2.
“We just have to watch this movie, rinse it off and get ready for Ottawa,” said Adams Jr. “It’s a good team, they’ve been energized since their last game… so we just have to make sure we’re ready to do our thing. “
Thomas Erlington hit Hamilton’s touchdown. Bralon Addison added a two-point convert while Bertolet scored four field goals.
Côté also scored three goals and two converts for Montreal.
Masoli made his third start of the season, but the first since sustaining a rib injury in Hamilton’s 30-8 loss to Saskatchewan on Aug. 14. first time in almost two months.
Addison had seven catches for 73 yards in her debut in 21, missing the first half of the season with a knee injury. Receiver Brandon Banks, back after missing three starts with rib disease, recorded four receptions for just 15 yards.
“We had chances to win and we didn’t, so we credit them,” said Hamilton coach Orlondo Steinauer. “Sometimes in the ebb and flow of the game you’ll have to find a way to win these types of games and tonight we didn’t.
“I think it’s pretty obvious from our point of view as to why. It’s just going to be about not making the same mistakes over and over or it will be really a challenge for us down the home stretch.”
Thomas Erlington recovered his own fumble for a 13-yard touchdown six minutes into the third period. Then Masoli hit Addison for the two-point convert and a 17-3 lead over Hamilton.
Bertolet gave Hamilton a 9-3 lead with a 37-yard field goal 3:29 of the third.
Hamilton took a 6-3 lead at halftime after Côté’s 42-yard attempt to finish the second fell narrowly into the wind. But it was half a missed opportunity for the Ticates.
Hamilton appeared to be going ahead 10-3 when Masoli hit Tim White on a 40-yard touchdown strike at 12:31. But Montreal managed to challenge the play and he was called back with an offensive pass interference call against Whites.
But Montreal returned the favor with an illegal contact penalty that helped keep Hamilton’s second practice alive as Bertolet’s 25-yard field goal at 13:59 gave the Ticates their halftime advantage.
Bertolet opened the scoring with a 32-yard boot to finish first. He had the opportunity to do so earlier, but missed a 45-yard distance after kicker Joel Whitford recovered Adarius Pickett’s fumble on a punt return at the Montreal 47-yard line.
Côté’s 13-yard basket at 8:04 of the second made it 3-3.
– This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 2, 2021.