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Dukes and the Argonauts 2-0 After Taking Down the Elks

The Toronto Argonauts improved to 2-0 on the season with Cameron Dukes as starting quarterback. The back and forth game was won on a field goal.

It was a Saturday night show down that came down to the wire in Toronto when the Argonauts beat the Elks 39-36. It was a shootout through every quarter with 24 combined points scored in the fourth.

Cameron Dukes put on a show Saturday completing 18 of 21 passes for 214 yards with 2 touchdowns. Dukes scrambled a few times taking 4 carries 17 yards good for 1 touchdown. He was sacked 3 times, losing 26 yards total.

While Dukes had a stellar performance he had plenty of help in what was a well-balanced day offensively with a successful run-game. The Argonauts finished the day rushing 186 combined yards scoring 3 touchdowns.

To the surprise of no one Ka’Deem Carey led the charge rushing the ball taking 19 carries 104 yards including a touchdown. Carey also made 3 receptions for 17 yards.

Dukes spread the ball like you wouldn’t believe, targeting 10 receivers, each of which made at least 1 reception. Damonte Coxie led the team with 58 yards receiving on 3 catches. Makai Polk was next best with 28 yards on 3 receptions, too. Each was targeted 3 times each.

Tommy Nield was targeted a team high 4 times but only made 1 catch for 17 yards.

Jake Ceresna made a big sack, adding to his impressive career tally. The defensive lineman of 6’5 and nearly 300 lbs has 2 sacks on the season and 39 in his career. In 2023 he set a career high with 12 quarterback sacks.

Cornerbacks Leonard Johnson, Benjie Franklin, and Mason Pierce each led the team with 6 defensive tackles.

The defensive backfield had a tough time keeping McLeod Bethel-Thompson under control. Bethel-Thompson finished the day completing 28 of 38 passes for 342 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Argonauts were able to entirely shutdown the run game, leaving the Elks with just 35 total yards rushing.

Lirim Hajrullahu only trotted out for a single field goal. From 37-yards with no time on the clock Hajrullahu put it through the uprights to win the game. It was after a healthy punt return and a solid charge led by Cameron Dukes which set up the game winner.

This is the third game winning drive in Cameron Dukes’ career.

Dukes and the 2-0 Toronto Argonauts will face the biggest test of the season when they take on the 3-0 Montreal Alouettes on Friday Night Football.

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Matthew Harrison
Since my I attended my first Blue Bomber game at Canad Inns Stadium in the very early 2000s, I have been a passionate follower of the CFL. Watching from home week in and week out or spending an evening losing my voice at a game, I have always loved this league. This year I'll be covering the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts, two promising teams, each with a chip on their shoulder coming into 2024. Follow me here to stay up to date with what you need to know going into gameday.
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