THE PAST IS THE PAST: After a victory, the Rouge et Noir refocuses on the Alouettes


« We have won two of the last four games. We won our game last week, we have a new challenge this week. »

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Ottawa Redblacks head coach Paul LaPolice isn’t one to dwell on the past.

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So while last Saturday’s 25-18 victory in Edmonton was satisfying, if not a huge relief, the team’s eyes are now on the Montreal Alouettes. On Friday, the Rouge et Noir will try to beat an Eastern Division rival who beat Ottawa 40-33 on July 21 at TD Place. It’s not lost on the Rouge et Noir (with a 2-8 record) that the Alouettes are in second place in the East, with four wins. A win would put Ottawa within a win of a second.

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« I always try to put things into perspective, » LaPolice said after his team’s practice Tuesday at TD Place. “I say, ‘It’s not in the past.’ We have won two of the last four games. We won our match last week, we have a new challenge this week. So we’re excited, we’re happy to go play. We believe we have a good football team. We just have to perform well every week; it’s about playing better than the other team.

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Regarding Saturday’s game, where the Redblacks built a 20-3 halftime lead – beating the Elks 14-0 in the second quarter – and hung on, LaPolice said: “We have to be better in the second period. But we did some good things. We were moving the ball quite well, but we had a few falls that took us off the field. You have to stay on the ground. We were second-and-five, then we got a 10-yard penalty – making it second-and-15. You just can’t make those mistakes.

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