TORONTO ARGONAUTS GAME REPORT – WEEK 3: Riders Lay Canada Day Beatdown on Argonauts
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS 32 – TORONTO ARGONAUTS 7
REGINA, SK – It seems even a rain delay that neared two hours couldn’t swing momentum in the Toronto Argonauts favour. Saskatchewan did slow down after the delay, scoring just two field goals in the 2nd half.
The Riders scored 13 points in each of the first two quarters in different ways.
Kicker Brett Lauther booted the first score of the game from 20 yards to take an early 3-0 lead. Lauther hit a second field goal from 33 yards later in the quarter.
After Argos QB James Franklin was intercepted by Derrick Moncrief late in the quarter, Roughrider QB Cody Fajardo threw a 98-yard touchdown bomb to Kyran Moore to end the quarter, one of Moore’s 4 catches.
Toronto got the ball back to start the 2nd, only to go 2 and out.
Saskatchewan scored two more touchdowns but failed the 2-point convert to make it a 12-point 2nd quarter before the rain delay.
The extra point was delayed until the lightning storm passed.
Franklin hit Llevi Noel for a touchdown on their next possession before the end of the 2nd quarter, their only score of the night.
Lauther hit a couple more field goals, one in the 3rd and another in the 4th.
Franklin came up hobbling and clutching his right hamstring from a sack by Charleston Hughes with 5:30 left in the game. McLeod Bethel-Thompson subbed in for Franklin for the remainder of the game and was sacked on his first touch.
Franklin went 20 for 28 and 224 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions before the injury. Bethel-Thompson was just 3 for 6 and 26 yards.
RB James Wilder Jr. hit 60 yards on 10 carries in the running game, a season high thus far. WR Derel Walker had the most receiving yards on his only catch, a 56-yarder.
For Saskatchewan, Fajardo was 24 for 31 and 430 yards with two touchdowns and the 98-yard pass to Moore. RB William Powell ran for 77 yards on 15 carries, while Moore had the most yards receiving with 127 and Shaquelle Evans caught 5 catches for 112 yards.
The Argonauts lose another decisively one-sided game and have managed just 21 points in two games, while giving up 96.
Toronto falls to 0-2 while Saskatchewan gets their first win under Head Coach Craig Dickenson and improve to 1-2.
The Argonauts return home Saturday July 6thto face the winless BC Lions, while the Roughriders remain at home to play the Calgary Stampeders for the later game July 6th.