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Reilly threw 4 landing passes and ran one in himself because the Eskimos defeated the Alouettes 44-23 on Thursday evening.
Manziel dressed as backup to Vernon Adams, however didn’t get on the sphere for his much-anticipated CFL debut.
Despite chants of « we want Johnny » from the group of 16,654, Alouettes coach Mike Sharman stated that since Manziel had just one actual follow since he was acquired in a five-player deal from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, there was no cause to place the 2012 Heisman Trophy in danger in a recreation by which the Eskimos defence was swarming the Montreal backfield.
« Believe it or not, I didn’t feel any pressure to put Johnny in, » stated Sherman. « I knew what I used to be going to do and I wasn’t going to jeopardize his profession, with someday of follow, and put him on the market after we weren’t defending very properly.
« Once you start listening to the fans, it’s not long before you become one. »
Sherman stated it was determined earlier than the sport with Manziel that he would solely play if circumstances had been proper. It turned out he would have needed to play if Adams obtained injured as a result of the third quarterback, Matt Shiltz, injured a shoulder whereas holding the ball for a subject purpose. But Adams stayed upright.
« In my mind, there was a 20 per cent chance he would play, » stated Sherman, who now should determine whether or not to provide Manziel the beginning subsequent week in opposition to Hamilton.
On the opposite aspect, Reilly was dishing the ball with authority, finishing 24 passes for 415 yards.
Duke Williams, with two, C.J. Gable and Derel Walker caught TD passes for Edmonton (4-2). Williams caught 4 for 116 to high 100 receiving yards for a fifth straight recreation. Kenny Stafford hauled in 5 for 105 yards. Sean Whyte added three subject targets.
« All three phases did their jobs tonight, » stated Eskimos coach Jason Maas, whose group has gained two in a row. « Any tme you set up 44 on anyone on this league you are doing good issues.
« The one thing I’m disappointed with was penalties. We’ve got to get better at that, but I don’t want to take anything away from it. »
The Eskimos had been known as 17 occasions for 191 yards whereas Montreal drew 9 flags for 143 in a recreation that dragged on for greater than three hours.
Adams and Ryder Stone every ran in a landing, whereas Boris Bede went 2-for-5 on subject targets for Montreal (1-5).
Adams led a landing drive on Montreal’s first possession, ending an eight-play drive by himself with a one-yard plunge at 6:35. It was his first begin since he led Montreal to 3 straight wins on the finish of the 2016 seasons. He put up 217 yards on 15 completions.
After the sport, he instructed reporters he would not reply questions on Manziel « as a result of that is what you all had been going to ask me. That’s what everybody’s in right here for.
« Definitely it does feel good to get out there and get some reps. I haven’t played in over a year, a full game, so it felt good. »
The Eskimos obtained Whyte’s 44-yard subject purpose at 9:03, which Bede answered with a 37-yarder to open the second quarter after Edmonton punter Hugh O’Neill mishandled a snap and wanted a rush kick.
Reilly then hit Williams ultimately zone for a 20-yard TD at 2:39. A Jason Grymes interception arrange a 17-yard toss over the center to Gable, who picked himself off the turf to dive over the top goalline at 7:21.
Whyte and Bede traded subject targets once more earlier than Reilly threaded a cross by way of to Williams on the sidelines. The CFL receiving chief shook off two defenders and ran in untouched for a 61-yard rating with 48 seconds left within the half for a 27-13 lead on the intermission.
The Alouettes obtained two factors off a security, however noticed Bede miss his third subject purpose try of the evening within the third quarter, then had Tyquwon Glass fall down whereas overlaying Reilly’s 36-yard TD cross to a wide-open Walker at 10:34.
Reilly ran in from the one 3:11 into the fourth quarter.
Adams then led an eight-play drive capped by Stone’s five-yard TD at 7:13. Adams hit Ernest Jackson for the two-point conversion. Whyte added a subject purpose with 58 seconds left to play.
Montreal cornerback Mitchell White was taken off the sphere on the stretcher after an damage with 3:46 left within the recreation. Sherman stated he had stinging sensations in his legs and arms however docs hope it would cross.
Edmonton had six sacks, three by Kwaku Boateng.
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