Struggling Argos Can’t Keep Up with Ticats in Labour Day Rematch
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 36 - Toronto Argonauts 25 FINAL
Saturday, September 8, 2018
TORONTO -- So much for Toronto Argonauts' Wide Receiver Duron Carter’s big debut.
Carter was a non-factor in the game with just 3 touches on punt returns and two incomplete passes. Despite his minimal use, Head Coach Marc Trestman was positive after the game about Carter’s play.
“It’s all new to him. Our return game is different and our offence is different. But we felt we needed to do this with Duron. We believed it was time for him and [then we could] see where he is.”
The main target for starting Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson was receiver Armanti Edwards, who had 9 receptions for 112 yards. Receiver S.J. Green got close to 100 yards, he had 8 catches for 97.
Running Back James Wilder Jr. had his longest run of the season of 24 yards, but couldn’t muster more than 76 rushing yards on 11 carries. Wilder Jr. also went down with an injury late in the game. No update yet on his condition.
Bethel-Thompson threw a better game than Labour Day, managing 295 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a completion percentage of 69%.
The Argos tried to keep pace throughout the game, but when Hamilton was scoring touchdowns, the Argos would come up with only a field goal.
“The Ticats are an explosive football team and we did everything we could to try and corral them,” said Trestman about the afternoon. “There was a point in the game that it could have gone either way and [Hamilton] broke it open.”
Ticats QB Jeremiah Masoli threw his 9th 300+ yard game of the season, tying him with Henry Burris for the most games with 300 or more psssing yards in a single season as a Ticat.
The Argonauts managed to stifle the Ticats running game, but couldn’t hold WR Brandon Banks from hitting 153 yards on 6 catches, including a 78 yard touchdown reception. WR Luke Tasker was the entire second drive for Hamilton and finished the afternoon with 7 touches for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Toronto falls to last in the league at 3-8 with 7 more Points Against than the Montreal Alouettes.
The Argos go into the Bye Week with 3 straight losses. Coach Trestman hopes the team will take the week to rest and reflect individually on what kind of team the Argos want to be when they come back from the week off. They will face the Saskatchewan Roughriders at home when they return in Week 15.
Hamilton moves into a tie for 1st place in the East with the Ottawa RedBlacks, who have lost their last two.
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