Week 10 of the CFL season saw the Ticats rally late to race past the Argos 34-27. Hamilton battled through an early injury to option B at quarterback Matthew Shiltz and rode big plays from their run game, special teams, and defense to score 17 unanswered points to beat Toronto.
The Tiger-Cats get a much-needed victory in the East. Hamilton is now 3-6, just a game and half behind East-leading 4-4 Toronto.
Hamilton and Toronto will get a one-week break from each other before resuming parts 3 and 4 of the 2022 Battle of the QEW in two weeks. The Ticats will head to Montreal in Week 11 to square off with the 3-6 Alouettes next Saturday afternoon. The Argos will head back home next Saturday night to face the Calgary Stampeders.
CFL Week 10 Argos @ Ticats Box Score
|GITTENS JR., Kurleigh||4||5||38||0||9.5||16||0|
|GITTENS JR., Kurleigh||5||106||21.2||26||0|
FG MISSED RETURNS
|THOMAS ERLINGTON, Sean||2||28||14.0||23||1|
FG MISSED RETURNS
|THOMAS ERLINGTON, Sean||0||1||0||0||0||0|
CFL Week 10 Game Recap: Argonauts @ Tiger-Cats Highlights
After both teams traded punts to open the game, Toronto’s punt led to the game’s first big play as Lawrence Woods returned it 48 yards into Argos territory. A td saving facemask tackle by John Haggerty prevented the game’s first major.
Hamilton’s offense would stall in the red zone after a holding penalty and a great open field tackle by Henoc Muamba on quarterback Matthew Shiltz. Seth Small would come on to execute a short field goal to give the Ticats an early 3-0 lead.
Toronto would score their first points on a single by their punter John Haggerty. But the game’s next explosive play came courtesy of the Argos’ defense. Defensive linemen Robbie Smith would leap in the air, snag an intended Matthew Shiltz pass into the flat, and return it 32 yards to the four-yard line.
Two plays later, Chad Kelly would come on to score his first ever CFL touchdown, on a one-yard sneak, with an assist from former Ticat Brandon Banks.
With the Argos up 8-3, the Ticats would answer by driving into Toronto territory as the first Quarter came to a close.
Hamilton’s drive would come to a halt after a Wynton McManis sack. The play was initially flagged for roughing, but the command center overruled the infraction. Seth Small would come on again to connect on his second field goal from 43 yards to cut Toronto’s lead to two.
Andrew Harris would leave the game for Toronto due to a right shoulder injury before their next possession. AJ Ouellete would come on to replace Harris and, on his first carry, would rumble for 27 yards. The Argos offense was unable to advance the ball any further. But Ouellette’s run would net the Boatmen three points after a 47-yard Boris Bede field goal.
Down 11-6, Behind some nifty running by Don Jackson, the Ticats would move to Toronto’s 39-yard line. Matthew Shiltz would take a shot down the middle of the field that Maurice Carnell IV intercepted. However, the turnover was negated when Deshaun Amos was flagged for pass interference on Lemar Durant.
Jamie Newman would come on to score the QB sneak from the one. Hamilton would successfully convert a two-point conversion pass from Shiltz to Kiondre Smith to give Hamilton a 14-11 lead.
The Argonauts would tie the game at 14 late in the second Quarter on a Boris Bede 23-yard field goal. Toronto would get into the red zone after two big pass plays by McLeod Bethel Thompson to Tommy Nield and Markeith Ambles that netted 77 yards. The long drive would falter in the red area.
A bizarre sequence of events would cap off the first half after the Argos pinned the Ticats deep with a punt. Toronto would get the ball back past midfield with just over a minute left.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson would fire a deep shot down the field intercepted by Ciante Evans. But a flurry of penalties would occur on the play, including, most importantly, a 34-yard pass interference call on Evans, who jostled with Brandon Banks before the ball arrived.
The Ticats’ defense would hold up and appear to hold Toronto to a long field goal. But a roughing the passer penalty on Dylan Winn would give the Argos a fresh set of downs.
Hamilton would force Toronto to settle for a 19-yard Boris Bede field goal. But a questionable penalty on Kameron Kelly for illegal leaping would give the Argos another crack to get into the end zone.
And that’s precisely what transpired, as McLeod Bethel-Thompson found DaVaris Daniels for a six-yard touchdown to give Toronto a 21-14 lead going into the second half.
Hamilton’s defense would force a quick Toronto two and out to start the third Quarter. Third-string quarterback Jamie Newman would enter the game, replacing an injured Matthew Shiltz, who left with a lower-body injury sustained in the first half.
A great punt return by Lawrence Woods, combined with the running of Newman and Don Jackson would help Hamilton get into scoring range. The Argos’ defense would stiffen, and the Ticats would settle for Seth Small’s third field goal to get within four.
Up 21-17, the Boatmen would kick start their next drive with a pretty 23-yard catch and run by DaVaris Daniels. A 16-yard hookup between Bethel-Thompson and Kurleigh Gittens would bring Toronto into the red zone. But the Ticats defense would keep the Argonauts out of the end zone. Boris Bede would come on to extend his team’s lead back up to seven with a 23-yard field goal.
After Jamie Newman was sacked on second down on his next series, it appeared that Toronto would get the ball back immediately. But a roughing the punter penalty call on Eli Mencer would give Hamilton a new set of downs. However, the penalty would delay the inevitable as the Ticats eventually punted the ball away inside Toronto’s ten-yard line.
Toronto’s offense would get some breathing room with a first-down pass play to DaVaris Daniels as the third quarter ended.
Facing a third and short after a failed QB sneak by McLeod Bethel-Thompson on second down. Argos head coach Ryan Dinwiddie would opt to punt the ball away on his 41-yard line. But the questionable call would nearly backfire when Lawrence Woods would return the ball 87 yards for the tying score. However, the return was called back on an iffy holding call on Micah Johnson.
Matthew Shiltz would return to the lineup for Hamilton. And it would pay enormous dividends for Hamilton. Shiltz would lead a five-play 70-yard drive capped off quickly with a 60-yard touchdown strike to Tim White. The quick strike would tie the game at 24 with under ten minutes remaining.
Toronto’s offense would face another third and short scenario on their next series. But this time, the Argos, after initially hesitating, would go for it. Chad Kelly would come on to convert on a QB sweep. But the Argos were unable to advance the ball any further. Thanks to a great pass breakup by Cariel Brooks.
Hamilton’s offense would take over at their 33-yard line with the game tied and momentum on their side. The Ticats drive would start with a 15-yard facemask penalty against JaGared Davis. Two players later, facing a second and 15, Shiltz would connect with Kiondre Smith for 14 yards. Jamie Newman would return into the game and execute a 30-yard QB sneak. One play later, the Ticats would take the lead on a 23-yard td run by Sean Thomas-Erlington.
Down 31-24 with three minutes left. Toronto’s offense would take the ball at their own 26. Micah Johnson would sack Thompson for a nine-yard loss on first down. A short completion on second down would lead to Toronto having to punt the ball away to Argo killer Lawrence Woods.
A 22-yard punt return by Woods would bring Hamilton to Toronto’s 47 with 211 remaining. As a result, Hamilton would extend their lead to two scores on another Seth Small field goal.
Toronto would mount a late drive deep into Hamilton territory. The Argos would kick a late field goal with two seconds left for point differential purposes.
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