Argos' Defence Crumbles versus Ticats' Explosive Offence on Labour Day

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 42 - Toronto Argonauts 28 FINAL

By: Jerred Bapty

Monday, September 3, 2018

HAMILTON -- Another tough Labour Day Classic for the Toronto Argonauts. Monday night's clash versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats saw Hamilton rack up 539 net yards, 385 of which were thrown by Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Ticats Running Back Alex Green posted 115 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, while Wide Receivers Luke Tasker and Brandon Banks posted 143 and 135 yards respectively, and 3 combined touchdowns.

Despite the Argo defence forcing two turnovers, Hamilton's relentless offence was too much to handle in the loss. 

Toronto's defence saw lots of action and managed a total of 45 defensive tackles. Defensive Back Alden Darby forced both turnovers, including a 10 yard interception in the 2nd quarter and a forced fumbled off Ticats RB Alex Green that Darby returned 100 yards for a touchdown. 

The Argos' Offence didn't help the Defence much, going 2-and-out 5 times. QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson was held to a mere 163 yards and a 48.3% completion rate, with his longest pass going just 25 yards. Bethel-Thompson also threw an interception and couldn't find the endzone.

RB James Wilder Jr. didn't have the breakout game he was hoping for either. Just 47 yards on 11 carries, with a longest of just 10 yards. No touchdowns for him either. 

All three offensive touchdowns were scored by QB James Franklin on the ground or with a pass to Offensive Lineman and former Ticat Ryan Bomben. 

After a slow start, the Argonauts managed a comeback in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 21 and eventually take the lead 28-21. But the Ticats came right back in the 4th and kicked the second of back-to-back field goals and scored two more touchdowns to seal the deal. 

Neither DB Matt Black or WR Duron Carter were on the field Monday night, despite both being on the depth chart for the game. 

Toronto drops to 3-7 on the season and is still winless on the road. That's also 5 straight Labour Day Classic losses to the Tiger-Cats.

A win at home in Week 13 is crucial if the Argos want to prevent Hamilton from pulling further away and eliminate the possibility of a Western crossover. It would be a long Bye Week after 3 straight losses to Eastern teams...

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