Argonauts Top Tiger-Cats 28-8 in Labour Day Classic
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Monday, September 5, 2022
The Labour Day Classic between the Argonauts and Tiger-Cats looked like it was set up to be a nail-biter as the first few quarters came to a close, but the Boatmen pulled away on the back of multiple late turnovers to take down the Tabbies.
After the game started with both sides exchanging punts, the Argos put up the game’s first points. Brandon Banks picked up 53-yards on a 2nd and 10 to get to the Hamilton 26-yard line, setting up Markieth Ambles for a receiving touchdown on the next play.
Michael Domagala scored first for Hamilton, picking up a single on a long 67-yard punt.
A Boris Bede wide right field goal attempt would result in a rouge for Toronto, setting the score at 8-3 at the end of the first frame. The Argonaut defense would then force a quick two-and-out, setting up an opportunity to start pulling away from the Ti-Cats early in the second quarter.
The offense wouldn’t just squander this opportunity, they’d give the Tabbies the ball and defensive points. Hamilton’s Jumal Rolle would jump a McLeod Bethel-Thompson pass for a 66-yard pick six, leading to a tied 8-8 scoreboard following the Seth Small PAT.
Ti-Cat quarterback Jamie Newman would find out that avoiding interceptions is easier said than done shortly thereafter. Jamal Peters snagged the rookie signal caller’s pass and returned it 14 yards before being taken down.
Rodney Randle wouldn’t be outdone by his defensive counterparts though, getting an interception of his own off of the streaky Bethel-Thompson. There’s an argument that Bethel-Thompson has the highest highs and lowest lows of any CFL quarterback and this first half’s two interceptions against one touchdown highlight that well.
Both sides were looking for an edge with the game tied up at the half. Hamilton wasn’t sure what to do at quarterback, while Toronto needed to reign in Bethel-Thompson’s play to avoid giving the game away. The Double Blue’s strategy would turn out to be the winning option.
It took until the second half’s fifth possession, but Toronto would pull away just a bit on a Boris Bede field goal. Between these three points, the less than stellar weather, and the uncertainty and youth at quarterback for Hamilton, the pressure was on them to make a play.
However, they would have back-to-back two-and-out drives, with one punt and one turnover on downs on a 3rd and 1, that set up the Argos with great field position.
Starting at the Hamilton 27-yard line, Toronto put together a quick scoring drive that culminated in a Brandon Banks rushing touchdown where it looked like he might actually throw the ball on a trick play.
A second Jamal Peters interception two drives later had the Argos set up on that same 27-yard line and Brandon Banks would hit paydirt again, this time on the receiving end of a Bethel-Thompson throw.
Both offenses would trade small blows and exchanged punts before Toronto would add a late 21-yard field goal to give us the 28-8 final score.
The Argonauts will travel to Ottawa to take on the Redblacks on September 10th at 2:00 PM ET in an effort to extend their lead in the CFL East.
Hamilton will look to rebound against the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers on September 17th at 4:00 PM ET.