Alouettes roll through Argos behind 2nd quarter outburst, dominant defensive play

The Alouettes scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, then held on to beat The Toronto Argonauts 37-16 in Montreal on Friday night.

Montreal’s (6-4) Matthew Shiltz threw for 212 yards and two touchdown passes, both to Eugene Lewis.

Running back William Stanback added a third Montreal TD and rushed for 203 yards, while David Cote made three field goals.

Argos (6-4) quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson racked up 291 passing yards and four interceptions.

Toronto’s backup QB Antonio Pipkin scored two rushing touchdowns, and Boris Bede kicked a pair of field goals, including a 25-yard strike.

The Alouettes woke up from a quiet start in the second quarter. Monshadrik Hunter became the first ever Alouette to intercept Bethel-Thompson and Shiltz made Toronto pay on the very next play with a 33 yard bomb to Lewis for the first TD of the night.

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Lewis notched his second TD of the night on an even bigger play when Shiltz found him wide open for a 58 yard play.

Stanback made a one-yard rush on third and goal to give Montreal a 21-10 lead heading into halftime.

Pipkin scored the only second half points for Toronto, filling in for Bethel-Thompson. The former Alouette rushed for eight yards giving Toronto a 10-7 lead.

After missing his first field goal attempt and hitting the upright on his second, Cote made good the third time around, hitting a 43-yard attempt to give Montreal a 24-10 lead in the third quarter.

Stanback exploded with a 65 yard run in the final moments of the third, his longest rush of the season, and Cote added a second field goal to put the Als ahead 27-10 early in the fourth.

With 6:20 left on the game clock, Pipkin rushed on third down for his second touchdown. The Argos opted for a two-point conversion but Chris Ackie intercepted Bethel-Thompson, keeping the score at 28-16.

Najee Murray intercepted Bethel-Thompson a fourth time with just seconds left in the game, returning the ball 64 yards for a touchdown. The pick-six sealed the Als’ 145th home win since the franchise’s return to Montreal in 1996.

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