October 14, 2023

River Cree Recap: Elks topped by Alouettes in home finale

The Edmonton Elks played their last home game of the 2023 CFL season, Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, losing 35-21 to the Montreal Alouettes.


Kyran Moore caught a pair of touchdown passes from Tre Ford, and Taylor Cornelius added a rushing touchdown to stake the Green and Gold to a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter, before Montreal scored 32 unanswered points.

“It seems like it’s feast or famine,” Elks coach and general manager Chris Jones said during a post-game interview on 630 CHED, radio flagship of the Green and Gold. “We’ve got to be more consistent and do all the little things well.”

Running back Kevin Brown led the Elks with 90 yards total offence, gaining 68 yards on the ground and hauling in a 22-yard reception.

Playing against his former team for the first time since signing with Edmonton in the offseason, Eugene Lewis led the Green and Gold with seven receptions for 61 yards, surpassing 5,000 yards in his CFL career. Edmonton’s Manny Arceneaux had three receptions, his 145th consecutive game with a catch to move in front of Alouettes great Ben Cahoon for the fourth longest receiving streak in CFL history.

Jake Ceresna and AC Leonard each recorded their 12th sack of the season for the Green and Gold to move into a tie for second place in the CFL. In his first game since Labour Day, Edmonton defensive back Marloshawn Franklin Jr. had seven tackles and picked off Alouettes quarterback Cody Fajardo for the first interception of his career.

“I’m just happy to be a part of the team and be able to contribute,” Franklin said on 630 CHED. “We felt short today so I’m not too much focused on my individual accolades, I just wish the score would have been a lot different.”

The game got away from Edmonton late in the second quarter when the Als scored three touchdowns and got a field goal from Jose Maltos in a span of just over three minutes to take a 26-21 into the break. Maltos accounted for all the game’s points in the second half, kicking three field goals.

The Elks held a 21-18 advantage in first downs, while Montreal outgained Edmonton 385-331 in net offence.

Edmonton finishes the home portion of its schedule with a 2-7 record at Commonwealth Stadium. The Elks will take a 4-13 record into their final game of the 2023 season, on the road Oct. 21 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at 5 p.m. MST.