The Alouettes score early and roll to victory over the Roughriders in the home opener OCN News

Alouettes kick returner Chandler Worthy made a spectacular first impression on the Montreal crowd on Thursday.

In his first outing as the Alouette at Percival Molson Stadium, Worthy returned the initial kickoff, giving Montreal a lead of just 15 seconds in the game.

The Alouettes never looked back on their way to a 37-13 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“Honestly, I was nervous coming out. I was talking to my brother, he was talking to me through thoughts of doubt because we all have those, you know,” said Worthy, who picked up a total of 205 yards from the kickoff and punt returns.

“Wanting to impress everyone, deal with uncertainty and all those things. So all I cared about was doing whatever it takes to win and fight with hope in my heart. Luckily I was able to break through and help energize the team for us to win.”

The Alouettes (1-2) pulled off a full effort in their home opener as the offense, defense and special teams recorded touchdowns.

Quarterback Trevor Harris completed 16 of 22 attempts, throwing for 262 yards and a touchdown. Dominique Davis also stepped in at QB, adding 11 passing yards.

Harris said his team wanted to take control early.

“That’s kind of what we’ve been preaching all week is to make sure we have the energy that comes out of the jump and if we do that we feel like we can win every game we go to. let’s play,” he said.

WATCH | Worthy TD’s return helps the Als win against the Roughriders:

Worthy of the Alouettes returns the opening kick for a touchdown against the Roughriders

Montreal defeats Saskatchewan 37-13, Chandler Worthy scores on the first play of the game as he returns a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.

Harris stepped in as a starter after Vernon Adams Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.

“[Harris has] gave us a lot of confidence and he has good manners,” said Alouettes coach Khari Jones. He’s just a quality quarterback and we saw him today and he made some really good decisions.”

Saskatchewan’s Cody Fajardo had a tough day at the office, throwing for 191 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked seven times before being retired in the fourth quarter.

Mason Fine came on as relief and had 83 passing yards for the Roughriders (2-1), with one touchdown and one interception.

“Obviously we would love to delay the kick-off. Because you already have a 7-0 lead and your home crowd is involved and that made it difficult for us,” Fajardo said. “They beat us in all three phases tonight, especially offensively, they brought their best game and we have to be ready for them.”

The Alouettes started explosively with Worthy returning the kickoff for an 88-yard touchdown.

David Côté added to Montreal’s lead with two consecutive field goals, including a 48-yard kick that gave his team a 13-0 lead late in the first quarter.

The Roughriders broke the ice early in the second with a 41-yard field goal from Brett Lauther.

But Montreal responded right away with Harris’ first touchdown pass of the season. The veteran threw a 70-yard bomb for Kaion Julien-Grant on the next play, increasing the Alouettes’ lead to 20-3.

“Make sure we improve”

Côté’s third field goal of the night gave Montreal a 20-point advantage before halftime.

Saskatchewan went for a shot to start the second half, but the Montreal defense kept the Riders in the red zone, limiting the visitors to a field goal.

Als safety Marc-Antoine Dequoy scored his first CFL touchdown after intercepting a fly ball that Riders receiver Duke Williams dropped in the air. His 21-yard return gave Montreal a 30-6 lead.

Côté scored his fourth and fifth field goals of the game and scored a single in the fourth quarter to make it 37-6.

The Riders scored their only touchdown of the night in the dying embers of the game when Fine found Williams with a five-yard pass.

The two teams will meet for a rematch in Regina on July 2.

Harris said the Alouettes can’t – and won’t – sit back after earning their first win of the season.

“I think there are a lot of beliefs related to that [win] but we know Saskatchewan is going to try harder at home,” Harris said. “We’re going to eliminate that just like we’ll eliminate a loss. We’ll rinse this one out and make sure we improve.”

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