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Argos Late Surge Propels Team to 23-20 Victory Over The Redblacks

The Toronto Argonauts battled back from an 11-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Ottawa REDBLACKS 23-20. The late surge by the Argos propels them to 8-4 and keeps them ahead in the East with two weeks left in the regular season.

By virtue of Montreal’s 31-21 loss to Winnipeg on Saturday Night dropping them to 6-6. A win by Toronto next week at home against Hamilton will secure them the Eastern Division crown and a bye in the first week of the playoffs.

Args Survive Another Scare

The Argonauts had their fair share of struggles throughout Saturday’s game with the Redblacks. The Double Blue turned the football over four times, once on a missed field goal return inside their own ten-yard line. The team also had to endure a 100-yard kick return by DeVonte Dedmon to start the third quarter. But thanks to the Boatmen’s defence, which only allowed six points on those turnovers and which limited Devlin Hodges to only 90 yards passing in his CFL debut. Toronto was able to rally late.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw for 293 yards but struggled mightily with three interceptions. Bethel-Thompson was able to salvage his day and set the Boatmen’s ship on the right course by leading the Argos on a game-tying drive to even the score at 20-20, after a TD pass to Kurleigh Gittens, and a two-point conversion to DaVaris Daniels. Thompson then got the Argos into field goal range for a go-ahead 50-yard field goal by Boris Bede in the 4th quarter.

Boris Bede was once again a likely hero this week, connecting on all five of his field goals for the second week in a row. But an unlikely hero emerged in this game for Toronto, in RB AJ Ouellette. Unfortunately, due to an injury sustained by John White and with DJ Foster inactive. AJ Ouellette was called into action and he delivered with several big runs. Ouellette finished the game with 14 carries for 107 yards.

Toronto’s defence kept the Redblacks out of the end zone in the second half. After watching Ottawa RB Timothy Flanders run for over 80 yards in the first half. The Boatmen’s defence stiffened up in the second half. DE Cordarro Law stepped up mightily in the second half for the Argos, registering two sacks and a forced fumble.

Despite the competitive showing by Ottawa, the REDBLACKS fall to 2-11 on the season. They will be off in Week 15 before finishing the season at Montreal in Week 16.

Toronto (8-4), head back home to face Hamilton (7-5) at BMO Field on Friday evening. The Argos and Ti-Cats will be meeting for the fourth time this season. The stakes can’t get any higher in Week 15 with the East up for grabs. The Argos lead the season series 2-1 and are undefeated at home this year, but a loss to the Tiger-Cats could shift the East back to the 2019 divisional champs. An Argos win secures the East and a home game in the East Final on December 5th.

EAST DIVISION

RKTEAMGPWLTPTSFAHOMEAWAYDIV
1 Toronto x12840162712935-0-03-4-05-2-0
2 Hamilton x12750142762104-2-03-3-04-3-0
3 Montreal x12660123002722-3-04-3-05-2-0
4 Ottawa13211042053661-6-01-5-00-7-0

Argos 23 Redblacks 20 Boxscore

PASSING

PLAYERCP/AT%YDSTDINTLG
 BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod28/4463.6%2931331

RUSHING

PLAYERCARYDSAVGLGTD
 OUELLETTE, A.J.141077.6300
 WHITE, John7294.190
 PIPKIN, Antonio221.010

RECEIVING

PLAYERRECATTYDSYACAVGLGTD
 DANIELS, DaVaris91384299.3220
 ANDERSON, Dres410801220.0310
 GITTENS JR., Kurleigh57581011.6181
 COLLINS JR, Ricky6944227.3160
 WHITE, John2316168.0160
 BRESCACIN, Juwan221165.580

FIELD GOALS

PLAYERFGAFGLGSYDSFG MISS
 BEDE, Boris55500208

PUNT RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 WORTHY, Chandler6579.5130

KICKOFF RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 WORTHY, Chandler35618.7220

FG MISSED RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 WORTHY, Chandler27839.0470
 EDWARDS, Chris11313.0130

PUNTING

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGSNETAVG
 BEDE, Boris414736.848011729.2

KICKOFFS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGS
 BEDE, Boris530761.4650

DEFENCE

PLAYERDTSTQSINTFRFF
 MUAMBA, Henoc501000
 LAW, Cordarro502001
 COLLINS, Jalen400000
 OAKMAN, Shawn200000
 BUTLER, Crezdon200000
 TUGGLE, Justin200000
 RAY, Shane200000
 EDWARDS, Chris110000
 ACHEAMPONG, Samuel100000
 GITTENS JR., Kurleigh100000
 DECOUD, Treston100000
 BRISSETT, Dejon100000
 RICHARDSON, Shaquille100000
 TURNER, Junior100000
 RICHARDS, Jeff100000
 DANIELS, DaVaris100000
 JUDGE, Cameron100000
 CASSAR, Jack010000
 BOATENG, Matthew010000
 PELLERIN, Dion010000
 HAGERTY, Joshua010000

PASSING

PLAYERCP/AT%YDSTDINTLG
 HODGES, Devlin8/2236.4%900025

RUSHING

PLAYERCARYDSAVGLGTD
 FLANDERS, Timothy14956.8410
 HODGES, Devlin4256.2110
 DAVIS, Ryan12020.0200
 EVANS, Caleb231.521

RECEIVING

PLAYERRECATTYDSYACAVGLGTD
 HARRIS, RJ24271313.5170
 DUBOIS, Marco11252325.0250
 DAVIS, Ryan2321810.5130
 BEHAR, Nathaniel1110610.0100
 STAFFORD, Kenny1110610.0100
 COOMBS, Anthony0500000
 FLANDERS, Timothy12-3-3-3.0-30

FIELD GOALS

PLAYERFGAFGLGSYDSFG MISS
 WARD, Lewis522503747, 48, 43

PUNT RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 DEDMON, Devonte23015.0240

KICKOFF RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 DEDMON, Devonte312642.01001
 DAVIS, Ryan25025.0360

FG MISSED RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD

PUNTING

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGSNETAVG
 LEONE, Richie733748.167028040.0

KICKOFFS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGS
 LEONE, Richie319464.7720

DEFENCE

PLAYERDTSTQSINTFRFF
 WILLIAMS, Avery800100
 HOWELL, Justin710000
 EVANS, Randall510100
 TEXADA, Ranthony500000
 KANNEH, Abdul500000
 ELLIS, Avery500000
 DANDRIDGE, Brandin510100
 LAING, Cleyon301000
 COLEMAN, Davon200000
 ONYEKA, Kene240000
 VREDE, Tyron120000
 SALMON, Shaheed100011
 AUCLAIR, Adam100000
 CHARLES, Stefan101000
 ROMICK, Nigel010000
 GRIFFIN, Frankie010000

Box Score

TOR

Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. TD
Mcleod Bethel-ThompsonQuarterback2844293130000000
AJ OuelletteRunning back000001410700000
John White IVRunning back00000729023160
Antonio PipkinQuarterback000002200000
DaVaris DanielsWide receiver00000000913840
Dres AndersonWide receiver00000000410800
Kurleigh Gittens Jr.Wide receiver0000000057581
Ricky Collins Jr.Wide receiver0000000069440
Juwan BrescacinWide receiver0000000022110
Total 28442931323138028442931

OTT

Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. TD
Devlin HodgesQuarterback822900042500000
Timothy FlandersRunning back000001495012-30
Ryan DavisWide receiver00000120023210
Caleb EvansQuarterback000002310000
R.J. HarrisWide receiver0000000024270
Marco DuboisWide receiver0000000011250
Nate BeharWide receiver0000000011100
Kenny StaffordWide receiver0000000011100
Anthony CoombsWide receiver000000000500
Total 8229000211431817900

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