Lowly Argonauts Overrun by League-Best Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders 38 - Toronto Argonauts 16 FINAL

By: Jerred Bapty

Saturday, September 29, 2018

CALGARY – Well, technically the Toronto Argonauts aren’t officially eliminated yet… But boy was this game a beatdown. 

After a good start for both teams, with a touchdown scored on each team’s first drive, Toronto was feeling pretty good about themselves. The Argos' defence forced back-to-back 2-and-outs for Calgary Stampeders Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and were down by a single point after the 1st quarter. A decent 2nd saw the Argonauts down by 4 at the half but, after that, Toronto couldn’t keep up with the Stampeders. 

The Offence was spread through the lineup of each team as well, with no receiver exceeding 70 yards on either team. The difference in this game was the Calgary defence, that was simply better in every way. 

Alex Singleton led the Stampeders' defence with 9 defensive tackles and helped hold the Argonauts to a single touchdown in the second half. That touchdown came in the dying seconds of the 4thquarter. 

The TD brought the Argos’ 4thquarter point total to just 15 combined points in the last 5 games. 

This was arguably Stamps Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell’s worst game since the Labour Day Classic, throwing at just 58.8% and 307 yards. Yet, Mitchell played tonight’s game in the cold and wet while feeling under the weather. 

The injury bug bit both teams once again, but Mitchell stepped up and led his core of secondary receivers to their 11thvictory of the season. 

Speaking of the injury bug, Argos RB James Wilder Jr. was injured towards the end of the 1stquarter. He remained in the game for the duration of the 1sthalf but didn’t dress for the 2ndhalf. 

The newcomer Dexter McCluster stepped in and rushed for just one more yard that Wilder Jr.. Calgary had their eyes on the Argonaut rush. 

The Stampeders clinch their 14thstraight playoff birth and improve to an incredible 11-2 on the season. Calgary has only lost 8 games in the past 3 seasons under Head Coach Dave Dickenson, while QB Mitchell improves to an insane 38-4 on home turf. 

The defending Grey Cup Champion Argonauts fall to 3-10 and are still the only team in the CFL without a road win this season. 

The best thing the Argos can do now is play spoiler for BC and Hamilton, both of whom they face in the next two weeks.

Let me know your thoughts! 

E-mail - jerred@barnburner.ca 

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Photo Credit: @CFL