CFL Game Summary - Hamilton at Toronto
(Saturday, September 8th)
Final Score: Toronto 45, Hamilton 31
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chad Kackert rushed for 172 yards and three
touchdowns to lead the Toronto Argonauts to a 45-31 victory over the Hamilton
Tiger-Cats in an East Division battle at Rogers Centre.
"Statically it was a good performance," said Kackert. "The offensive line
played well. I did not have to do a lot of the work thanks to them. I just
tried to stay calm. As things opened I just tried to make something happen."
Ricky Ray was efficient for Toronto (6-4) under center, completing 26-of-32
passes for 331 yards with an interception. Kackert, who had previously not
rushed for 100 yards in a game this season, also led the Argonauts with 67
receiving yards on six catches. Evan McCoullough recorded a team-best five
tackles and forced a fumble.
Henry Burris completed 16-of-30 attempts for 272 yards and three touchdowns for
Hamilton (3-7), which has lost five games in a row.
"We did not play a good football game," said Tiger-Cats head coach George
Cortez. "We had too many dropped passes. They did a good job holding us to
field goals. We're considering pretty much anything for the next game."
Avon Cobourne rushed for 119 yards on 13 carries while Chris Williams caught
five passes for 71 yards. The loss put Hamilton four points behind its opponent
in the East Division standings.
Toronto wasted no time scoring its first points, as Kackert produced a season
long 43-yard touchdown run on the team's third play from scrimmage to take an
early lead. Eric Wilbur converted the extra point attempt for his first point
in a Toronto uniform of the season after coming in to replace the injured
Luca Congi put the Tiger-Cats on the board with a 48-yard field goal at the
7:11 mark of the first quarter.
Owens returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards to give the Argonauts great field
position. A timely sack of Ray by Jermaine McElveen forced Toronto to settle
for a 16-yard field goal by Wilbur at the 7:11 mark of the opening period.
Hamilton showed a spark on its following drive, as Cobourne broke a pair of 20-
plus yard runs to help the offense push down the field. The drive stalled
inside the 10-yard line, leading to a 10-yard field goal by Congi which made it
10-6, in favor of Toronto.
The Argonauts opened up the scoring in the second frame with a 25-yard field
goal by Wilbur that made their lead, 13-6, with just over 11 minutes remaining
in the opening half.
The Tiger-Cats' offense was stopped once again, but not before it put Congi in
position to add three points to the board with a 45-yard field goal at the 8:27
mark of the second quarter.
Burris made a costly mistake the next time Hamilton gained possession. The
veteran quarterback was picked off by Patrick Watkins, who returned it 27 yards
for a major that gave Toronto a 20-9 lead at halftime.
The Argonauts were in position to add their lead on their first drive after the
intermission, but Dee Webb intercepted Ray to shift the momentum back in
Burris led the Tiger-Cats down the field by completing a 50-yard pass play to
Dave Stala before delivering a touchdown pass to Samuel Giguere later on the
drive. Hamilton pulled within a field goal, 20-17, after a successful two-point
Toronto took back control as Jarious Jackson dove into the end zone to finish
off a six-play, 63-yard drive, which gave the Argonauts a 10-point lead once
Kackert added onto the Toronto advantage in the fourth period as he just barely
managed to cross the goal line after an 11-yard run for his second touchdown of
the game. On the Argonauts' next possession, Kackert ran into the end zone for
the third time, on a 39-yard run to give Toronto a commanding, 42-17, lead with
just over six minutes left in regulation.
Hamilton narrowed the margin as Burris completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to
Onrea Jones before connecting with Andy Fantuz for a four-yard pass into the
Toronto added three more points with a 28-yard field goal to finalize the score
Toronto improved to 5-0 when leading at the half...The Argos now hold a 2-1
lead in the season series...Watkins now has a team-best four interceptions for
the season...Burris has completed a touchdown pass in nine-straight
contests...Wilbur had two illegal kickoffs in his debut with the team...These
teams meet again Nov. 1 in Toronto.
09/08 19:10:57 ET
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