Johnson and Lu­lay lead the charge; Li­ons down Alou­ettes, 23-16

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - BILL BEACON

MON­TREAL — Backup quar­ter­back Travis Lu­lay ran in a touch­down with 2:43 left to play to snap a tie and lift the B.C. Li­ons to a 2316 vic­tory over the Mon­treal Alou­ettes in Cana­dian Foot­ball League play Thurs­day night.

Jeremiah Johnson scored a pair of TDs and Ty Long added a field goal for the Li­ons (2-1), who stayed east and prac­tised in Kingston this week with only six days since their vic­tory last Fri­day in Toronto.

Tyrell Sut­ton had a TD and Boris Bede kicked three field goals for Mon­treal (1-2), which has lost their past four meet­ings against B.C. The Mon­treal at­tack un­der new QB Dar­ian Du­rant has yet to put up 20 points in a game.

New CFL com­mis­sioner Randy Am­brosie was among the 18,728 at Per­ci­val Mol­son Sta­dium to watch the teams strug­gle to 6-6 tie in an un­event­ful first half and reach only a 9-6 score by the end of the third quar­ter.

B.C. started out on fire, with Jonathon Jen­nings lead­ing an 11play, 81-yard drive capped by a nine-yard touch­down pass to Johnson 5:30 into the game. The two-point con­vert at­tempt failed and the Li­ons didn’t threaten to score the rest of the half.

Mon­treal needed three pos­ses­sions to get a first down, but Du­rant be­gan mov­ing the ball in the se­cond quar­ter. A long com­ple­tion to B.J. Cun­ning­ham with a rough­ing the passer call put the ball on the B.C. 30. Three plays later, Bede was good from 29 yards at 7:42.

A 31-yard com­ple­tion to Ernest Jack­son helped set up Bede’s 51yard field goal at 13:24.

A suc­cess­ful Li­ons chal­lenge for pass in­ter­fer­ence that wiped out a Mon­treal in­ter­cep­tion by Tyree Hollins seemed to ig­nite the B.C. at­tack as Jen­nings took the ball 73 yards on 13 plays, but they set­tled for Long’s 13-yard field goal at 12:26 of the third.

Mon­treal marched back and Bede tied it at 9-9 with a 45-yard boot 34 sec­onds into the fourth quar­ter.

A pass in­ter­fer­ence call in the end zone against Hollins gave B.C. the ball on the one and Johnson ran it in at 3:35.

The Alou­ettes came back to the B.C. five, but it looked to be for naught when Tony Burnett picked off a pass and ran it all the way back, only to have it nul­li­fied by a pass in­ter­fer­ence call be­hind the play against Ron­nie Yell. Mon­treal got the ball on the two, where Sut­ton ran it in at 7:35.

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