Argos Lose 23-22 On Missed Convert
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
The comeback attempt falls short
This matchup between the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was a great game to watch if you weren't cheering for either side, but a heartbreaker for fans of the double blue.
It looked like it was going to be a Winnipeg blowout at the beginning of the game as the first quarter ended with a 14-0 score for the Bombers. Their first touchdown came from a Winston Rose interception that was returned 46-yards for a defensive score. Just a few minutes later, Zach Collaros and Drew Wolitarsky connected for a 15-yard major.
Marc Liegghio and Boris Bede would exchange field goals in the second quarter, bringing us to a halftime score of 17-3. Given the Boatmen's scoring inefficiency to start the year, many Argos fans felt that the game was likely out of reach by this point.
However, Toronto kept on fighting. They managed to keep Winnipeg off the scoreboard in the third, while also adding a 45-yard TD by Brandon Banks from McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
This momentum carried over into the final frame, too. Liegghio made a 20-yard field goal early before two Boris Bede field goals, from 42 and 39-yards away, were added to Toronto's point total.
As the game approached the final few minutes, the Argos needed a defensive stop and a touchdown to complete the comeback. The defence forced the Blue Bombers to settle for a 32-yard field goal, giving the team a chance with two minutes remaining.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson and the Argos began their final drive with gains of 19 and eight through the air before giving Andrew Harris the rock for second down conversion. Ensuing gains of 14, eight, and six yards put the ball inside the Winnipeg 10 yard line with about 45 seconds remaining.
The next play was nearly a disaster as linebacker Malik Clements sacked McLeod Bethel-Thompson for a six-yard loss, but a defensive pass interference on the next play gave the Boatmen a first down at the Winnipeg two. McLeod Bethel-Thompson got the ball to Markieth Ambles for a touchdown on the next play, exciting the crowd. That excitement would dissipate in an instant though, as a Boris Bede missed PAT left the score at Winnipeg 23, Toronto 22.
Despite the loss, Toronto showed grit and determination which will be critical as the season progresses. Toronto dropped to 1-2 while the Blue Bombers improved to 4-0.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson was 27/37 with 314 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Brandon Banks led Toronto receivers with a 5/95/1 line and Andrew Harris carried the load on the ground at 22/111/0.
For Winnipeg, Zach Collaros was 25/31 with 215 yards and one touchdown and interception each. Dalton Schoen was Collaros' favourite receiver with five catches and 73 yards. The Blue Bombers spread the ball around on the ground as Brady Oliviera led the charge with just 7/28/0.