Argonauts Thrashed by Lions 44-3

Andrew Dixon
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, June 26, 2022

Argonauts fall to 1-1

After picking up an exceptionally close win in week one, the Argonauts were blown away on the west coast. The BC Lions got out to a solid start and never let off the gas, scoring at least 10 points in every quarter.

The first quarter's scoring kicked off with Bryan Burnham catching a 19-yard touchdown from Nathan Rourke after less than four minutes of game time. Then BC added a Sean Whyte field goal to extend the lead to 10-0. 

Toronto's only points, a 23-yard Boris Bede field goal, came a couple of minutes into the second quarter. They simply struggled to move the ball on offence, both on the ground and through the air finishing with just 242 yards of offence.

BC would add a Dominique Rhymes touchdown catch midway through the second before capping off the first half's scoring with a one second remaining 44-yard Whyte field goal. 

Whyte's final field goal was a 50-yard hit in the third quarter, but the Lions added another three touchdowns in the second half. Nathan Rourke tossed another pair, finding Jevon Cottoy in the third and Rhymes, for his second of the night, in the fourth. The game's final scoring play was a 1-yard David Mackie touchdown with just over two minutes remaining in the final frame. 

McLeod Bethel Thompson finished 15/21 for 178 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Chad Kelly attempted four passes, completing two of them for 26 yards, while also tossing an interception. The leading receiver in this poor offensive showing was DaVaris Daniels who had three receptions for 60 yards while Andrew Harris' seven carries for 27 yards led the Argos' ground game. 

For the Lions, David Mackie ran the ball 16 times for 90 yards and a touchdown and the team's leading receiver was Dominique Rhymes with eight catches, 143 yards, and two majors. However, the most impressive performance of the night was Nathan Rourke's 39/45, 436 yards, four touchdown, and zero interception game. Rourke's 436 passing yards set a CFL record for most passing yards in a game by a Canadian quarterback.

On defence, the Boatmen had just one sack while BC had a total of four. Garry Peters and Quincy Mauger picked up the Lions' interceptions.

Next week the Lions make the trip to Canada's capital to take on the Redblacks on June 30 at 7:30 EDT. Toronto will look to rebound against the undefeated, back-to-back Grey Cup Champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers at home on July 4 at 7:30 EDT.