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Alouettes down Elks 30-13 in season debut

Montreal Alouettes' Christophe Normand (38) and Jeshrun Antwi (20) tackle Edmonton Elks' Terry Williams (5) during second half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday August 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

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.

“Everybody in this locker room is just disappointed,” Elks head coach Jaime Elizondo said after the game. “This is not the way we expected to start the season, but we’ve got to find the answers because we were non-existent there for a little bit, and I think every phase of the game needs to get better — all of us!”

LISTEN BELOW: Jaime Elizondo

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.

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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.

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.

“There’s still some good things that we’re doing, but it’s clearly not good enough; in no way, shape or form,” Harris said.

LISTEN BELOW: Trevor Harris

The Elks will try again for their first win of the season on Thursday night in Vancouver, against Michael Reilly and the B.C. Lions.

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