Green Hits Milestone as Argos Fall One More Time

Ottawa Redblacks 24 – Toronto Argonauts 9 FINAL

By: Jerred Bapty

Friday, November 2, 2018

OTTAWA – This game just about summed up how the Toronto Argonauts 2018 season went. Missed opportunities and sloppy defence. 

The Redblacks secondary marched all over the Argonauts, or at least, that’s what it felt like.

Ottawa had 44 first downs, over 32 minutes in time of possession, and 113 rushing yards and that’s about all the stats they led in Friday night. Toronto had more total yards, passing yards, total tackles, and punted the ball less than their opposition. 

But the Argos had 6 turnovers. 

Three fumbles, two on downs, and an interception thrown by McLeod Bethel-Thompson. 

James Franklin was pulled at the half after going 16 for 24 on 187 yards. Bethel-Thompson stepped in and went 14 for 22 on 186 yards. 

"I didn't take advantage of my opportunities in the first half," said a disappointed Franklin to TSN's Matthew Scianitti at halftime. "I'm excited for the guys though!" 

Always an optimist and forever positive. Credit to him for keeping such a level head throughout this rocky season. 

Receiver SJ Green racked up another 114 yards for his second straight 1,000-yard season with Toronto, and 6thof his career. 

Llevi Noel finished the season with 512 yards, a huge career high for the young Canadian. 

The Argonauts never led in this game and went down early on another field goal from Redblacks Kicker Lewis Ward, who extended his pro football record for consecutive field goals made to 47. 

Ottawa’s Dominique Duo led the offence. Quarterback Dominique Davis threw for 220 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Receiver Dominique Rhymes 6 times for 101 yards and a 44-yard bomb. 

Toronto finishes the season without a single road win, and a dismal 4-14 record. They also  remain the only team with 500+ points against. 

The Argonauts have returned to the bottom of the league after winning the Grey Cup in 2017, a theme that seems to follow the championship teams around the CFL. 

Now begins the off-season of questions. Will Ricky Ray be back in 2019? Who will take his place if he retires? Will Head Coach Marc Trestman be back? 

Time will tell. 

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