Sports: Als' QB removed from game against Ticats, but says he didn't suffer head injury

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HAMILTON — On a night when numerous members of the Alouettes’ organization were perplexed why nothing seemed to go in their favour, Trevor Harris wondered what might have been had he not been removed for the game’s final play.

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With Montreal trailing by a converted touchdown to Hamilton Thursday night, the veteran quarterback mounted a furious comeback that fell just short.

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Harris completed a 24-yard pass to Eugene Lewis — faced with second down and 23 — then passed 13 yards to Jeshrun Antwi. Following an incompletion, Harris rushed for 17 yards. But he was hit hard by backup safety Stavros Katsantonis, who was called for unnecessary roughness, moving the ball to the Tiger-Cats’ 21 with eight seconds remaining.

Harris was removed from the game by the CFL’s neutral concussion spotter — a medical official — and replaced by Dominique Davis, a short-yardage specialist who had attempted only two passes this season. His pass for Hergy Mayala was intercepted by Kameron Kelly and the Als lost , 24-17 at Tim Hortons Field.

“I think it was pretty messed up that they pulled me off the field at the end, but it’s out of my control,” Harris said. “I wish someone would come up and ask the player what’s going on. But they didn’t know what hurt and they assumed it’s your head and it’s a concussion.

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“That really sucks in that situation, because that obviously was the pivotal moment of the game.”

Harris said it wasn’t his head that was injured. “It was something else that was hurt but I know I could have played through it. That’s why I got up and was ready to play. I was calling the play in the huddle. That stinks.”

Coming off his best performance this season , last week against Ottawa, Harris completed 25 of 41 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown — a four-yard pass to Mayala. Harris was under constant pressure and was sacked five times by Hamilton’s swarming defensive line. The Als clearly lost this game on the line of scrimmage.

After producing 71 points in their last two games, the Als didn’t get into the end zone until 8:41 of the fourth quarter.

Montreal outscored the Ticats 11-0 in the final period. Hamilton has been outscored 77-26 in the fourth quarter. Both teams have 2-5 records, which should be of particular concern to the Als, whose next two games are against Winnipeg, the league’s only undefeated team and the two-time defending Grey Cup champions. Montreal could well reach the halfway mark of the schedule with a 2-7 record.

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The Als are now 1-2 since general manager Danny Maciocia fired Khari Jones and assumed head coaching duties on an interim basis. Jones, now a Ticats’ football operations consultant , had to be smiling when the game ended.

Hamilton’s offence had been averaging only 18.2 points, while being held to nine offensive touchdowns in six games. But they found the end zone three times against Montreal, which continues to start games slowly while coming out flat following halftime.

The Als had the wind advantage in the first quarter, but were held to a field goal. With wind again in the third quarter, Montreal was outscored 14-0. And the Als again lost the penalty battle, taking seven infractions for 89 yards compared with Hamilton’s four for 38.

“Honestly, at this point we have to look at ourselves in the mirror,” said Lewis, who led all receivers with eight catches for 154 yards. “I’ve been here six years and anything you can possibly think of, I’ve been through it. At the end of the day, you’ve got to want it more. You have to go out there and want it more than they do. We had opportunities and didn’t take advantage of it. We need to be more disciplined.

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“Everybody has to look in the mirror. Everybody in the East Division is in the same position and feeling the same way. When you win a game, you have to keep stacking them. You can’t win one and then lose one.”

Not one potential decision by the officials went in the Als’ favour. In the first quarter, an apparent forced fumble recovered by Marc-Antoine Dequoy was ruled an incomplete pass. The Ticats successfully challenged a pass to Lewis in the same quarter, deemed to be incomplete.

In the second half, the Als challenged — and lost — a pass to Mayala on which it appeared there was blatant pass interference by defensive-back Jumal Rolle. Later in the third quarter, the Ticats challenged an incomplete pass to Steven Dunbar. Predictably, cornerback Rodney Randle Jr. was penalized for pass interference.

There simply is no rhyme or reason from CFL officials, leaving the Als understandably frustrated and perplexed.

“I’m not going to talk about officiating,” Maciocia said. “We didn’t take advantage, especially in that first quarter. We had a couple of opportunities and couldn’t cash in.”

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