The Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts trusted several of their substitute players to close their 2022 campaign on Saturday at BMO Field, and the latter took the opportunity to put on a real offensive spectacle, scoring no less than 71 combined points. The formation of the Belle Province finally had the upper hand 38 to 33.
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Quarterback Dominique Davis also started the game for the Sparrows, backing up Trevor Harris. The 33-year-old veteran took full advantage in the first quarter, throwing two touchdown passes, in addition to scoring one himself using his legs. It was also his 13th major on the floor of the season, a record for an Alouettes center.
Davis finally gave up after the first offensive streak of the second quarter, completing 13 of 14 stints for 166 yards. His only missed pass was still picked up, but by an "Argos" player.
His replacement, Davis Alexander, found a receiver's hands eight times on 13 throws, for 89 yards. He was the victim of an interception. The quarterback also went for 22 yards on five carries, scoring a major that way.
Cole Spieker was one of the two pivots' favorite targets in this game, catching six of the seven balls sent in his direction. He also scored a major on his very first career catch, a 53-yard throw from Davis.
For their part, the crowd favorites trusted Chad Kelly for the entire game behind center. He completed 23 of 35 stints for 264 yards. The American found a receiver twice in the end zone but was the victim of an interception.
The Alouettes will now be able to turn their attention to the playoffs, having concluded the 2022 campaign with a 9-9 record. They will host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Percival-Molson Stadium next Sunday. The Argonauts will enjoy a week off, waiting for the winner of this duel, in the Eastern Association final.