TORONTO ARGONAUTS GAME REPORT - WEEK 17: Argonauts Embarrassed in BC
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, October 6, 2019
BC LIONS 55 – TORONTO ARGONAUTS 8 FINAL
VANCOUVER, BC – There are few words for just how lopsided this game was.
Not a single point on the board for the Argonauts in Vancouver on Saturday night and an utterly unacceptable effort by this team. No receiver with more than 3 catches, neither quarterback with more than 100 yards, and an invisible running game.
The only Argos who performed decently were on defence. Anthony Covington led the secondary with 10 tackles, while Alden Darby helped him out with 9 tackles and Eric Striker with 7.
At least Armanti Edwards was able to reel in two catches in the final minute of the game to score all 8 points for Toronto.
Lions receiver Bryan Burnham was dominant with 8 catches for 145 yards, including two incredible highlight-reel grabs and 3 touchdowns. QB Mike Reilly was eventually pulled from the game after a 276-yard, 5 touchdown performance.
Toronto’s first three possessions were immediately turned over via interception and two fumbles respectively. The wrapped up the 1st quarter with a 2-and-out.
Their first sustained drive came in the 2nd quarter, when QB James Franklin and RB James Wilder Jr. combined to march the ball from the Argos’ 35 into BC territory, until Toronto was penalized for holding. Tyler Crapigna attempted a 51-yard field goal and missed.
Franklin was replaced by McLeod Bethel-Thompson after only mustering 32 passing yards in three and a half quarters.
Bethel-Thompson managed to find Armanti Edwards in the endzone for the aforementioned touchdown on the longest drive of the game for Toronto.
It began with 1:46 left in the game.
With all their remaining games in the division, the Argos have an opportunity to salvage some dignity against the Ottawa Redblacks at home on Friday October 11th.