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The Argos Survive Late Scare, Win Home Opener 20-19 Over Alouettes

Alouettes owner Gary Stern’s team might not have delivered on his promise of “killing” the Argos on Thursday. But Montreal came ever so close to providing Toronto with a buzzkill on its opening night at BMO Field. Instead, the Alouettes would lose the game in a killer fashion.

The Argos survived a late scare when the Alouettes, who rallied from ten points down in the fourth quarter, drove into field goal range for a short go-ahead field goal attempt in the final seconds. But David Cote, who had made four field goals on the evening, would miss wide left on the kill shot from 21 yards out.

The story of the game was the Argonauts’ inability to put the Als away, despite having multiple opportunities to do so throughout the game’s first three quarters. Toronto’s offence bogged down in the red zone, and Boris Bede uncharacteristically missed two makeable field goals.

And just like the Argos’ last game at BMO Field, an opposing team’s backup quarterback came off the bench to rally his team. Trevor Harris replaced Vernon Adams early in the game and helped lead Montreal to a near come-from-behind victory. This time, however, the Argos received a reprieve in what was nearly a repeat of their East Final loss last December, where Toronto also held a two-score lead.

It wasn’t a banner night for Toronto or something for the Argonauts to boast about. The hometown crowd of 12,498 nearly left BMO on a very sour note. But the Boatmen are happy to escape the harbor with a victory. And on an encouraging note, some of the new members of Double Blue had strong debuts. RB Andrew Harris carried the ball 18 times for 87 yards while adding 23 more yards receiving. Brandon Banks reeled in three receptions for 39 yards, including a touchdown in his Argos debut.

The now 1-0 Toronto Argonauts will travel to B.C. next Saturday night to face the 1-0 Lions. Montreal (0-2) will attempt to rebound from their crushing defeat when the Alouettes face Saskatchewan next Thursday night in their home opener.

Argos-Alouettes Individual Player Stats/Box Score

PASSING

PLAYERCP/AT%YDSTDINTLG
 HARRIS, Trevor18/3060.0%2700142
 ADAMS, Vernon2/450.0%140012

RUSHING

PLAYERCARYDSAVGLGTD
 ANTWI, Jeshrun8293.680
 HARRIS, Trevor3206.780
 DAVIS, Dominique5132.661
 ADAMS, Vernon2115.5100

RECEIVING

PLAYERRECATTYDSYACAVGLGTD
 LEWIS, Eugene7111273718.1420
 WHITE JR., Reggie67832513.8210
 MAYALA, Hergy2333616.5210
 WORTHY, Chandler23212110.5120
 ANTWI, Jeshrun2518159.090
 CIBASU, Regis11222.020
 WIENEKE, Jake0200000
 PHILPOT, Tyson0100000
 JULIEN-GRANT, Kaion0100000

FIELD GOALS

PLAYERFGAFGLGSYDSFG MISS
 COTE, David5443111921

PUNT RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD

KICKOFF RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 WORTHY, Chandler23718.5190

FG MISSED RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 WORTHY, Chandler100.000

PUNTING

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGSNETAVG
 ZEMA, Joseph523046.053020340.6

KICKOFFS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGS
 COTE, David213266.0680

DEFENCE

PLAYERDTSTQSINTFRFF
 SUTTON, Wes500000
 DEQUOY, Marc-Antoine500000
 WILLIAMS, Darius500100
 JONES, Mike400000
 USHER, Nick401001
 ACKIE, Chris400000
 ELLIS, Avery300000
 PICKETT, Adarius310000
 RANDLE JR., Rodney220000
 HARELIMANA, Brian200001
 WAKEFIELD, Michael201000
 SEWELL, Almondo200010
 RICHARDS, Tyrell200000
 WATSON, Tre100000
 ANTWI, Jeshrun100000
 EXUME, Kerfalla-Emmanuel010000
 GOWANLOCK, Brock010000
 GAGNE, Alexandre010000

PASSING

PLAYERCP/AT%YDSTDINTLG
 BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod22/3171.0%2691137

RUSHING

PLAYERCARYDSAVGLGTD
 HARRIS, Andrew18874.8170
 ADEBOBOYE, Daniel3103.350
 BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod199.090
 BANKS, Brandon111.010

RECEIVING

PLAYERRECATTYDSYACAVGLGTD
 AMBLES, Markeith22674033.5370
 GITTENS JR., Kurleigh68662411.0210
 DANIELS, DaVaris46411010.2140
 BANKS, Brandon36392413.0211
 PHILLIPS, Cameron34311910.3150
 HARRIS, Andrew3423177.7170
 LEAKE, Javon11222.020

FIELD GOALS

PLAYERFGAFGLGSYDSFG MISS
 BEDE, Boris533828426, 45

PUNT RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 LEAKE, Javon4276.8150

KICKOFF RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 LEAKE, Javon25125.5260

FG MISSED RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD

PUNTING

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGSNETAVG
 HAGGERTY, John420551.262212531.2

KICKOFFS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGS
 BEDE, Boris214371.5730

DEFENCE

PLAYERDTSTQSINTFRFF
 MCMANIS, Wynton711000
 METCHIE, Royce500000
 HOLDEN, Caleb500000
 PRIESTER, Robert400000
 MUAMBA, Henoc400000
 RICHARDSON, Shaquille300000
 ACHEAMPONG, Samuel300000
 MCFADDEN, Tarvarus200100
 RAY, Shane201000
 HOYTE, Trevor100000
 BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod100000
 DAVIS, Ja’Gared100000
 OAKMAN, Shawn100000
 DANIELS, DaVaris100000
 HENDRIX, Dewayne101000
 CALVER, Brandon010000
 CROSS, Declan010000

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. David Tress

    June 17, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Shane Ray gave a strong performance in the opener. Argo fans would like to see more players like him.

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