Argonauts Rally in Second Half for 24-23 Victory Over Rival Tiger-Cats

Andrew Dixon
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Monday, October 11, 2021

Argonauts sit alone atop the CFL East

After a Hamilton two and out and a three play Toronto drive that ended in a punt, we got our first scoring drive of the game. Hamilton overcame a sack by Shawn Oakman to drive down the field and score a major on a screen pass from Jeremiah Masoli to Sean Thomas-Erlington, but the missed PAT only gave the Ti-Cats a 6-0 lead. 

The next Hamilton possession would result in a Tiger-Cat field goal to extend their lead to 9-0 over the Argonauts and they'd repeat this on their next drive after that, getting to 12-0. 

Toronto's defence was keeping them in this one by holding Hamilton to field goals, but the Boatmen had nothing going on offence. 

This trend would continue as Toronto had yet another short drive with a two and out. 

They would get a bit of momentum back by making a strong stand on defence after the Boris Bede punt that would eventually lead to a safety, making this a 12-2 game. 

The two squads would exchange some field position blows as the first half wound down before Toronto got into scoring position. McLeod Bethel-Thompson took an awful sack that nearly cost them a chance at points, but Bede would add three more to make this a 12-5 game. There's some legitimate controversy over this kick as it appeared to many as if it should not have counted. 

Second half adjustments seemed to be making a difference for both sides as we didn't see another point until 3:43 left in the third on a Hamilton single. 

Trailing 13-5 entering the fourth quarter isn't quite where Toronto wanted to find themselves, but they added a field goal to get within five points. 

The fourth quarter scoring was just getting started though. 

Hamilton's Jeremiah Masoli led a quick scoring drive that was capped off by a 45-yard touchdown to Jaelon Acklin. After a successful conversion, Hamilton would lead 20-8. 

McLeod Bethel-Thompson would lead the Argos to another touchdown of their own, but not without a bit of help from a challenge made by Head Coach Ryan Dinwiddie. McLeod Bethel-Thompson had tossed an interception while getting hit very hard, but Dinwiddie successfully challenged for a roughing the passer call that extended the drive. The 9-yard touchdown would be scored by Chandler Worthy. Bede would convert the kick while also getting roughed. 

The Toronto defence then came up big with a two and out. At this point, the fans at Tim Hortons Field were beginning to fade a bit after being very loud early. 

Davaris Daniels would make a fantastic touchdown grab on the ensuing Toronto drive from 22-yards out. McLeod Bethel-Thompson made a bold throw and trusted his receiver who made a great play. The two point conversion would fail, but Toronto now had a 21-20 lead. 

Hamilton's Head Coach Orlando Steinauer would make a challenge of his own on the next Tiger-Cat drive that succeeded in getting a pass interference call made against the Boatmen, setting up the Ti-Cats at the Toronto 24-yard line. 

A short Thomas-Erlington run and a 12-yard pick up to Bralon Addison set up a 1st and goal from the 10. Malik Irons got three yards on the first down before Jeremiah Masoli would run an option to the left, picking up a couple of yards. Taylor Bertelot made a field goal from 12-yards out to regain the lead for Hamilton, 23-21. 

Chandler Worthy would return the kickoff to about the 35-yard line and the Ti-Cat fans were back to making a load of noise. 

A quick pass break up set up a 2nd and 10 where McLeod Bethel-Thompson faced a ton of pressure, but converted with a 13-yard throw. A near interception on the following play set up yet another 2nd and 10 with 40 seconds remaining. 

Simoni Lawrence made a great open field tackle on Damien Jeanpierre to set up 3rd and 6 from the Toronto 52. Dejon Brissett would make a catch for a first down and a short run would set up Bede for a field goal from 51-yards out. 

Bede made the kick straight down the middle to give Toronto the 24-23 victory over their CFL East rivals. 

The Argonauts now sit at 6-3 while Hamilton drops to 4-5. Toronto's next game comes on October 22nd against the Montreal Alouettes while Hamilton will host the Redblacks on October 23rd.