Wake-up call for 'Gades

Ottawa Renegades defender Greg Moss can't knock a pass from the hands of Montreal Alouettes'...

Ottawa Renegades defender Greg Moss can't knock a pass from the hands of Montreal Alouettes' Sylvain Girard in CFL action last night at Frank Clair Stadium. (Ottawa Sun/Geoff Robins)

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Final evaluations for the Renegades included a return trip to earth.

"We need work," coach/GM Joe Paopao said after last night's 36-17 pre-season loss to the Montreal Alouettes at Frank Clair Stadium -- a week after Ottawa had dumped a less-established version of the same club by 11 points.

"We were sporadic, they looked sharp. We've got our work cut out for ourselves when we see them again," Paopao added of Montreal, which his team plays in the CFL's second week -- and the Renegades' home opener -- on Canada Day.

First up for the Renegades, however, is next week's season starter in Edmonton, and for that one the troops have some healing to do.

Last night's biggest loss was import Reggie Nelson, who would have started at left tackle against the Eskimos had he not sprained his right ankle.

"I'm limping on it ... it's going to take a little while to heal but hopefully not too long," said Nelson, who has received rave reviews.

The starting left tackle job now goes to rookie Marc Parenteau, who hasn't played since 2003 -- with Boston College.

Last night, a Renegades line missing veterans Val St. Germain, George Hudson and Mike Sutherland allowed three sacks, bringing the total to seven in two games.

"We made some mistakes we shouldn't have," said right tackle Obby Khan. "But there were also a lot of encouraging things, and I hope the public realizes that. We were playing without our two best players (on the line)."

The Renegades also lost DB George McCullough (foot) and backup running back Ka'Ron Coleman, who are both doubtful for next week.

In front of a home crowd of 12,660, Ottawa scored on its second play when Kerry Joseph hooked up with Jason Armstead for the combo's second TD of the pre-season, this one a 54-yard bomb. The only other Renegades' major came on a fourth quarter, 14-yard run from Gilles Lezi, after Darnell Kennedy led the offence into position. Kennedy, who was cut by Calgary last week, secured the backup QB job with a decent fourth quarter that had him complete 5-of-9 passes for 53 yards.

Joseph, who played the first half, was good on just 5-of-10 for 82 yards, while Paul Peterson completed 4-of-7 for 31 yards in the third quarter. Peterson was also intercepted once.

Matt Kellett was good on his only field-goal try, a 40-yarder in the first quarter, but also botched a snap on his first punt attempt -- a gaffe that instantly became a six-yard Montreal special teams TD.

"Right now, I'd probably say yes," Paopao replied when asked if Kellett has fended off import Bjorn Nittmo for the kicker's job. Nittmo tried one field goal, from 51 yards, and it was wide. "I'm not sure we can afford to give up that (import) spot."

Paopao singled out the play of A.C. Collier and John Turntine, who tracked down Erza Landry at the end of a 97-yard missed field-goal return.


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