By: David Alter
The Argos went back and forth with the Alouettes in the first half of the ball game, until a disastrous third quarter from Toronto ultimately allowed Montreal to pull away and end their mini-two game losing streak. Argos lose 36-23, dropping their fifth straight.
Cleo Lemon delivered one of his best games as an Argo to date. He effectively moved the ball focusing on his strengths and didn’t appear to miss a beat….That was until the third quarter when everything that could go wrong for the Argos…did.
The protection wasn’t there as Montreal’s defence took it to Toronto. Several times Lemon was left exposed including a time where he sacked by two players, and actually showed his frustration shoving Diamond Ferri in retaliation as a move to try and fire up his team.
Chad Kackert wasn’t as effective as he had been previously, and he was in the middle of a bizarre play the end the first half. With six seconds left on the clock before the break, the Argos could have elected to take a 48-yard field goal which would have reduced Montreal’s lead from seven to four. Instead, the Argos try one more play to Kackert who would try to get better position. The only problem was Kackert out and slid in bound. He thought he was down with one second left on the clock, but it read zero, and the Argos came up with nothing on that.
Jeremaine Copeland was the leading receiver for the Argos with with six receptions for 78 yards. He had a critical drop on Cleo Lemon’s only blemish, where the ball bounced off Copeland’s fingertips and went straight to the hands of Billy Parker of Montreal. The ensuing drive allowed Montreal’s to break a 10-10 tie, and never give up the lead again.
Andre Durie injured his arm during the game, and while he was able to continue playing, he’ll have to undergo further tests to see if he’ll miss anytime. It all happened when he made a catch on concrete and slipped awkwardly.