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Esks’ Harris completes 22 consecutive passes against Alouettes

MONTREAL — Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris nearly had a record-breaking first half on Sunday.

The 33-year-old completed 22 consecutive passes and threw for 254 yards and a touchdown in the first half of the Eastern Semi-Final against the Montreal Alouettes.

Harris got his entire offence in on the act from the outset of the game. Eight different players had a reception in the first half, with Greg Ellingson leading the pack with seven catches for 103 yards.

Harris’ streak of completed passes was snapped with under a minute to go in the first half. He tried to hit Ellingson on a shallow slant route, but a solid play from the Montreal secondary saw the pivot come up just short of tying the record.

The mark is still held by Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who completed 23 straight during a game against the Eskimos on July 23, 2016.

Harris’ lone touchdown pass came on his 20th completion of the contest when he found fullback Calvin McCarty in the back right corner of the end zone in the second quarter.