TORONTO ARGONAUTS GAME REPORT - PREASEASON WEEK C: Argos Stifle Late Ticats Comeback in Preseason Finale
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, June 7, 2019
TORONTO ARGONAUTS 30 – HAMILTON TIGER-CATS 23 FINAL
HAMILTON, ON – Two incomplete passes from Ticats QB Hayden Moore late in the game killed any hope of a comeback. Not having the ball for the majority of the 4th quarter didn’t help much either.
Toronto stole the lead for the first time since the 2nd quarter when QB Dakota Prukop launched a 43-yard bomb to Cole Watson, who laid out in the end zone to make an incredible catch and put the Argos ahead 27-23 with just over 8 minutes left. Donald De La Haye added a 16-yard field goal late in the game to seal the deal.
Mcleod Bethel-Thompson continued to show flashes of the brilliance Argo fans saw back in August 2018, throwing for 222 yards and a 75-yard touchdown pass to Derel Walker late in the 2nd, to cut into Hamilton’s lead 20-17.
Toronto did have 2 interceptions, but those were thrown by the less-used QBs Brandon Bridge and Michael O’Connor. Bridge went 4 for 8 and just 40 yards, while O’Connor was 1 for 2 with the interception.
The Argonauts ran the ball more than the Tiger-Cats and tried to share the ball between their three main Running Backs. Tyrell Sutton had the most touches with 8 but only racked up 21 yards, meanwhile Branden Burks had 5 carries for 48 yards and BarnBurner’s own James Wilder Jr. ran the ball 4 times for 23 yards and a touchdown.
The Ticats’ offence was heavily outplayed in this one. Jeremiah Masoli managed just 154 yards and a touchdown but, threw an interception less than a minute into the 2nd quarter to Kevin Fogg. Fortunately for Masoli, the turnover resulted in a missed field goal.
Both Luke Tasker and Brandon Banks saw action to the delight of Ticats fans. Tasker had 4 catches for 55 yards while Banks caught 3 passes for 29 yards. Banks did not dress for the 2nd half.
Bralon Addison was the top receiver for Hamilton with 7 receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.
A lot of Hamilton’s second stringers saw action again, particularly on defence. Meanwhile, it was Toronto’s offence that got shuffled more.
Don’t get attached to a lot of the names seen in this game and maybe even mentioned in this article. Both Toronto and Hamilton have a lot of tough decisions to make in the next 7 days.
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