CFL Game in 40: TD Atlantic trickery

There was a moment during last year’s Touchdown Atlantic that made everyone say, ‘wow.’

Trailing 16-13 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter, Alouettes head coach Khari Jones made an exciting call from the sidelines.

He called the same play he did eight years ago, when his Ticats paid a visit to Moncton (Jones was the Tabbies offensive coordinator at the time) to play the Calgary Stampeders.

“It was the same end zone (as today) and we eventually scored in that (2011) game,” he said in a post-game interview.

“Andre (Bolduc, the running backs coach) drew it up for me — he drew up the last (trick play) too and it was the right time to do it, I felt. We made the call and luckily it worked out again. It was pretty neat to do it in Moncton eight years later.”

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The exciting play last year started with a direct snap to running back Jeremiah Johnson. He then tossed to receiver DeVier Posey to flipped it back to quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. Adams Jr. made no mistake finding receiver Quan Bray at the back of the end zone for the major score. The touchdown gave the Alouettes a 20-16 lead.

“The play was flashy, risky and ultimately rewarding for the Als, but it was a glimpse into just how deep the bag of tricks is for their head coach,” remembered’s Chris O’Leary. “Khari Jones said after the game that the play came from a similar play that the Ticats ran in Moncton when they played Calgary in a Touchdown Atlantic game in 2011.

“Jones likes mixing it up and taking risks and last year’s Als seemed to enjoy following their coach’s lead.”

After that play, Toronto scored a major as the third quarter started to come to a close to make things interesting – McLeod Bethel-Thompson connected with Derel Walker for the 38-yard score.

But the Alouettes weren’t done. The final scoring play of the game was a Johnson rushing touchdown, followed by a completed two-point convert, that gave Montreal a 28-22 lead and the eventual victory.

You can re-watch this exciting trick play, and the rest of 2019’s Touchdown Atlantic game, on on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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