The 5-9 Toronto Argonauts hosted the almost perfect 12-1 Calgary Stampeders at BMO Field on Thanksgiving Monday. These two teams have faced off 16 times sinc 2008 with Toronto only winning 6 of the match-ups.There wasn’t much for the Argos to be thankful for, the first play of the game was a 42 yard pass to Stampeders DaVaris Daniels. 11:19 left in the 1st and Calgary was already on the scoreboard with a TD.Daniels had a great first half. He also had a 61 yard touchdown pass in traffic in the 2nd quarter.The 1st quarter didn’t get much better, after a few series of botched plays the Argonauts were being outplayed on their own field. With no time on the clock a beautiful catch by Kamar Jorden put the Stampeders up 19-0 going into the 2nd quarter.
The Argos first points of the game was a field goal by Lirim Hajrullahu early into the 2nd quarter.
Tensions started to rise between the two teams and came to a head near half-time. A scuffle between the two teams that for a brief moment looked like a WWE match, led to the disqualification of Devin Smith and Marquay McDaniel. How did the Stampeders respond to the penalties? With a touchdown of course. Stamps up 35-6 at halftime.
The Argos 1st touchdown of the game came with just over 4 minutes left in the 3Q, Drew Willy got his second TD pass of the season when he connected with Kenny Shaw, 38-13 Stampeders.
If you are an Argo’s fan your hopes of the team turning it around in the 4th quarter may have diminished early on when Calgary connected for another touchdown just 15 seconds in the the last quarter putting the Stamps up 45-13. But for optimists, a blocked kick and touchdown a few plays later and their may have been a glimmer of hope as Argos had their second TD of the night (45-20).
The Stamps went on to add a field goal and in front of a Thanksgiving crowd of 14,224 the Argos lost their 6th home game.
Final score 48-20.
The Argonauts next home game is October 15th where they welcome the 4-10 Saskatchewan Roughriders.