If Rider Nation was somewhat negative after a Week 2 loss to Ottawa, they are downright angry now.
On a night where the football team paid tribute to the Humboldt Broncos hockey team in a moving ceremony before the game, the green-and-white went out and laid an egg losing 23-17 to the Montreal Alouettes leaving both teams at 1-2 and giving Alouettes coach Mike Sherman his first Canadian Football League victory.
The absence of starting quarterback Zach Collaros was evident as both Brandon Bridge and David Watford struggled. Bridge, who was yanked after the first half where he went 8-of-18 for 111 yards and two interceptions, admitted it was a rough night thanks to a Montreal defence that made him uncomfortable.
“Montreal did a great job of jumping our routes.” Bridge said. “Some of the throws I wish I could take back. I have to know down and distance and I have to make smarter decisions.”
It was another rough night for Duron Carter as Montreal receiver Chris Williams got behind him for a 79 yard touchdown and was close to getting a second long touchdown only to drop the pass.
Williams let it be known to TSN sideline reporter Farhan Lalji at halftime that the Alouettes were feasting on him by saying”sometimes he doesn’t have the best eyes at corner and gets lost back there. We were able to take advantage of that back there.”
For his part, Carter wasn’t bothered by his play.
“It wasn’t a tough night for me,” Carter said with a laugh. “It was a tough night for the team. We were so close, but we had bad mistakes in the scoring zone that let us down. We were that close.”
Head Coach Chris Jones says it is frustrating to see his team sitting at 1-2.
“This is the third year in a row we’ve dug ourselves a hole early in the year,” Jones said. “You can’t be like an ostrich and put your head in the sand, you got to face it head on, see what you’re doing wrong and try to fix the problems. That’s the way I’ve always tried to handle business.”
The team doesn’t have a lot of time to think about this one as they get back on the field Thursday night at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a 7 o’clock start.
- The win broke a 13 game Alouettes losing streak dating back to last season
- David Watford was 10 for 22 for 108 yards passing with two interceptions and a touchdown. The touchdown went to Naaman Roosevelt.
- Brett Lauther was three for three on field goal attempts
- Instead of using a coin for the ceremonial coin toss, a hockey puck was used because of the tribute to the Broncos. The 29 yard line on each side of the field was also adorned with a ribbon to remember the 29 people on board the bus that collided with a tractor-trailer unit near Tisdale as the team was heading to Nipawin for a playoff game