Alou­ettes look for jolt from coach­ing change; Red­blacks seek win with Tate at QB

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY BILL BEA­CON

The Mon­treal Alou­ettes hope a mid-sea­son coach­ing change will give them the jolt they need to get back in the CFL East Di­vi­sion play­off race.

Gen­eral man­ager Kavis Reed will be run­ning the show from the side­lines when the Alou­ettes play host to the Ot­tawa Red­blacks on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Reed took over as coach af­ter fir­ing Jac­ques Chapde­laine and de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Noel Thorpe on Wed­nes­day.

“I hope it’s some­thing in which we can find a way to build some strength and unity be­cause we’re all we’ve got right now — we have to lean on each other,’’ Alou­ettes line­backer Kyries He­bert said. “We’re go­ing to have to play hard, fast and phys­i­cal.

“It can’t be based on Xs and Os be­cause we won’t be able to put in an en­tire de­fence or any com­pli­cated things within a mat­ter of days. But we’re go­ing to show up and be ready to go.’’

A mid-sea­son change worked for Hamil­ton, who were 0-8 when Kent Austin stepped aside and named June Jones as coach. Since then, the TigerCats have won two in a row, in­clud­ing a 26-22 win in Ot­tawa last week.

The re­sults tight­ened the weak East stand­ings such that Ot­tawa leads with only nine points, one more than Toronto, three more than Mon­treal and five more than Hamil­ton. Only the top two are sure to make the play­offs, but the di­vi­sion re­mains wide open.

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