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MONTREAL -- The Alouettes got touchdowns from both sides of the ball early and didn't look back as Montreal topped the BC Lions 24-9 Friday night at Percival Molson Stadium.

Chip Cox took a pitch off an interception and Brandon Whitaker rumbled as the Alouettes jumped out to a 14-0 lead early.  Led by four quarterback sacks by John Bowman, the Alouttes defence did the rest as they shut down the Leos to kick off Week 2 in the CFL.

Heading into Friday night, the Lions and Alouettes were looking for their respective quarterbacks to step up after Troy Smith and Kevin Glenn had rough outings in Week 1 losses.

For Glenn, the game was his second start on the year as he continued to spell Travis Lulay while the 2011 CFL Most Outstanding Player recovers from off-season shoulder surgery.

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His first start began well before he ran into a stout Edmonton Eskimos defence that forced him to toss four interceptions.  This time, Glenn got rattled early by an active Montreal 'D'.

On the Lions' second possession of the game, Glenn would have his pass tipped at the line and intercepted by Alouettes defensive lineman Scott Paxson. Paxson then pitched to Cox for a 26-yard touchdown putting the Alouettes up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Smith, who aired the ball out consistently in Week 1, began the game with short passes trying to get into a groove. As the Als marched, Smith would find an early partner in the offence in Whitaker -- 40 yards rushing and 12 yards receiving in the quarter.

Whitaker quickly helped the Als increase their early lead after capping off a 71-yard drive with a 32-yard touchdown run, the longest of his career, to put the Alouettes up 14-0 in the first quarter.

The defences began taking over in the second quarter as the pressure on both quarterbacks was ratched up.

The Als continued to make Glenn uncomfortable as they added two more sacks on the Lions’ second drive of the quarter.

The Lions defence responded with their own attack on Montreal’s next drive, shutting down Smith and the Als with their own second down sack.

With the ball back in Glenn’s hands the Lions began finding a groove, marching down the field behind the arm of their starting QB. The drive stalled with yet another turnover though, as running back Stefan Logan fumbled the ball with Jerald Brown recovering for the Alouettes at the BC 43.

Smith got the ball back and looked to build on the lead, moving the Als to the 27 yard line with a 16-yard run but he could not get the Alouettes into the endzone. Sean Whyte ended the drive with a 34-yard field goal.

As time ticked down in the half the Alouettes defence would continue to make it a rough night for Glenn, shutting him down with pressure from the front four.

Whyte added a 26-yard field goal to end the half with the Als on top 20-0.

The second half began with the Lions taking advantage of a Montreal turnover. Early in the second half the Alouettes went for it on third down, a play they had been successful with in the first half, but Tanner Marsh fumbled the ball and the Lions recovered it on the 40 yard line.

Glenn then strung together a pair of first downs, including a 29-yard pass to Ernest Jackson putting them within striking distance. Paul McCallum would finish off the drive with a 24-yard field goal to put the Lions’ first points on the board.

Both defences continued to tighten and pressure from both sides was enough to keep the score at 20-3 at the end of the third quarter.

The first drive for the Lions in the fourth quarter had promise with Glenn leading BC down the field inside the 20, but the drive was stalled, as Glenn saw his pass picked off by Marc-Olivier Brouillette in the endzone.

Whyte finished the ensuing drive with a 31-yard field goal attempt that was missed and not returned giving the Als a rouge.

Montreal then began to take a methodical approach on offence as they looked to take up some time and protect their lead. Utilizing Smith and Steven Lumbala, the Als marched down the field giving Whyte a chance to add to the lead. Whyte would finish off the drive with a 47-yard field goal.

QB John Beck entered late in the game for BC and completed a touchdown pass to Courtney Taylor with just over a minute remaining.

The Lions will face yet another stiff test next week as they travel to Regina to take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders before returning home to host the Als again.  Meanwhile, Montreal remains at home to take on Drew Willy and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Fan Comments
Can someone remind me why we signed Kevin Glen again? To throw interceptions and lose games right? Again, Benevides shows his stubbornness in changing QB until it´s too late. He did with DeMarcos and is doing it again with Glen. Solution: Benevides and Glen out before it´s too late… please!
July 05, 2014 - 4:20pm
Dave Saj
So far, other than BC, the WEST looks to be where all the best teams are.
July 05, 2014 - 11:18am
Looks like the Leos missed their flight! They practically handed the W to the Als whose offense and QB are still suspect. Montreal's D kept them in this game which was a bit of a snoozer!
July 05, 2014 - 10:57am
als rule
@TFmcb: hilarious!! "still suspect" yes you are correct on that point your cats offence and QB are!! LOL LOL LOL
July 05, 2014 - 11:31am
TFmcb, remember how MacPherson was the qb who was going to step into AC's shoes and keep the Als on track. Then it was March Madness or the other guy, now it's Smith. Not a good track record on qb evaluationfor ar so far.
July 06, 2014 - 12:26am
als rule
@GTC: what? McPherson was never viewed as AC's replacement as former HC trestman said for years!! as for neiswander and marsh they played for only 1 reason AC got hurt!! QB troy smith was finally signed by GM popp mid-way thru the season!! everyone knew at the time of smith's signing that he would be AC's replacement which happened!! so what's your problem with the als QB evaluation?!!
July 06, 2014 - 12:08pm
With the weapons that BC has on the team it would seem there is something going on between Glenn and the OC they brought in. Enjoy the basement boys. HaHa.
July 05, 2014 - 8:55am
That game surprised me greatly. Not that I expected a Lions' win to be a sure thing, but I thought they'd at least show up. The O was a comedy of errors. What happened to Kevin Glenn? I've never seen him look so bad, of course he didn't get much help from his line. As I write this, the Ti-Cats are trying to eke out a win but keep on shooting themselves in the foot.
July 05, 2014 - 1:22am
als rule
@GTC: see that's the difference between you and other posters on this board "the ticats are trying to eke out a win but keep on SHOOTING THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT"!! you own the truth!!
July 05, 2014 - 10:53am
als rule
well at least the team can now build on this victory!! QB smith gets a B for the way he managed the offense!! RB whitaker carried the rock like all the als fans want him to do!! good game by SB/WR london!! strong DC noel thorpe defence!! aces to 4 sacks DE john bowman also to 1 INT, 1 forced fumble DT scott paxson!! solid strong D unit tonite!! why is FGK/P whyte still on the team?!! the only negative is and continues to be whyte!!
July 04, 2014 - 10:44pm
nice effort leos. 0 and 2 .looks good on you. heheheheh
July 04, 2014 - 10:16pm