Alouettes cruise past Elks to pick up 1st win of season

Vernon Adams Jr. passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns as the Montreal Alouettes started their Canadian Football League season on solid footing, humbling the Edmonton Elks 30-13 on Saturday.

Montreal (1-0) began the 2021 CFL campaign with a bye week.

The Elks remained winless at 0-2 after losing their season debut 16-12 to Ottawa in their home opener last week. They failed to record a touchdown in that contest.

Edmonton made it to a first-and-goal situation on its opening drive Saturday, but ended up accepting a 10-yard Sean Whyte field goal.

Montreal surged ahead on the final play of the first quarter as Jake Wieneke made a diving catch on an Adams pass for a 42-yard touchdown reception.

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Wieneke makes incredible TD catch in Alouettes’ blowout win

Jake Wieneke hauled in a 43-yard touchdown pass from Vernon Adams in the first quarter of Montreal’s 30-13 win over Edmonton. 1:28

The Elks struggled in the red zone again early in the second as quarterback Trevor Harris bobbled the snap on an unsuccessful third-and-one attempt at the Montreal eight.

The Als made it 10-3 with six minutes left in the first half on a 23-yard David Cote field goal that was set up by a 54-yard passing play to B.J. Cunningham.

Montreal added to its lead a couple minutes later as Mario Alford found a seam along the sidelines and blazed 85 yards for a punt return touchdown. The visitors then made it 20-3 at the mid-mark on a 47-yard Cote field goal.

Whyte chipped back with a 37-yard field goal late in the third.

Cote responded with his third field goal of the game, a 42-yarder.

The Alouettes added to the pounding with a 14-yard Adams TD pass to Cunningham with five minutes left in the final frame.

Edmonton got its first touchdown of the season with 1:21 remaining in the fourth as Shai Ross reeled in a 10-yard pass from Harris.

The Elks begin a three-game road trip in B.C. against the Lions on Thursday, while the Alouettes cap off a two-game trip to Alberta in Calgary next Friday.

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