Kelly throws two landing passes as Argos earn season sweep of Ticats

The Argos, who cemented high spot within the East Division with final week’s 23-20 win in Montreal, prolonged their total win streak to 6 video games.

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TORONTO — And the beat goes on for Wynton McManis and the Toronto Argonauts.

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McManis returned an interception 58 yards for a landing and narrowly missed scoring on one other as Toronto defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 29-14 on Saturday evening to brush the season sequence.

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McManis’s pick-six got here within the first half. He had a 50-yard return within the third quarter to Hamilton’s two-yard line.

McManis turned 29 on Wednesday and mentioned two interception return TDs “would’ve been icing on the cake.”

“I’m somewhat upset in myself for that final one,” McManis mentioned. “Blessed all the identical to have the ability to make these performs and assist us out.

“I feel that was my first time having two (interceptions) in a recreation.”

Toronto’s defence was stable all the recreation, forcing 5 turnovers. McManis added six tackles whereas fellow linebacker Adarius Bowman registered a game-high 9 defensive tackles and one other on particular groups. Defensive again Qwan’Tez Stiggers completed with seven tackles and a go knock-down.

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“It was huge for us,” McManis mentioned. “We pleasure ourselves in being one of many high defences within the league.

“Every week . . . we need to exit and showcase that. I imagine we did an excellent job immediately. The power was there, we have been flying round making performs throughout.”

Toronto (12-1) earned its first four-game sweep of Hamilton since 2006. The Argos have downed their arch rivals in six straight contests and 10-of-11 total, delighting the energetic BMO Subject gathering of 15,549.

“Wynton is that man,” Toronto head coach Ryan Dinwiddie mentioned. “I joked with him afterwards, I mentioned, ‘You need to play some tailback tonight?’

“I assumed he did an excellent job making performs. I assumed our entire defence did . . . that was one in every of our greatest defensive performances.”

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Toronto clinched high spot within the East Division final week with a 23-20 win in Montreal. Operating backs A.J. Ouellette (wholesome scratch) and Andrew Harris (six-game injured checklist, knee) together with offensive lineman Isiah Cage (one-game injured checklist, hamstring) didn’t play Saturday evening.

However starter Chad Kelly did, together with all the beginning defence. Nonetheless, Toronto’s offence didn’t match the manufacturing of its defence on the evening as Kelly accomplished 17-of-26 passes for 242 yards with two TDs and two interceptions.

“After the emotional win final week we knew we weren’t going to be at our greatest,” Dinwiddie mentioned. “We simply weren’t at our greatest offensively, we must always’ve scored extra factors.

“Generally you’re going to have these days.”

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Kelly’s nine-yard strike to Dejon Brissett — his second TD of the sport — at 14:44 of the third gave Toronto a commanding 27-4 lead. It was arrange by McManis’s 50-yard interception return.

Hamilton pulled to inside 27-11 on Taylor Powell’s six-yard landing go to Terry Godwin II at 4:33 of the fourth. It capped a wise nine-play, 95-yard march.

Tyreik McAllister’s 57-yard punt return put Hamilton at Toronto’s 35-yard line but it surely was negated by a holding name. As a substitute, the Ticats have been on their very own 10-yard line.

Toronto was awarded a security at 6:12 when Powell was flagged for intentional grounding whereas in Hamilton’s finish zone. Marc Liegghio’s 37-yard subject objective at 10:30 pulled the Ticats to inside 29-14.

Toronto prolonged its total win streak to 6 video games and improved to 8-0 throughout the convention. The defending Gray Cup champions even have a 7-0 house document (together with a victory in Halifax over Saskatchewan).

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Hamilton (6-8) suffered its first loss in three video games. The Ticats additionally fell to 3rd within the East Division, two factors behind the Montreal Alouettes (7-7), who defeated the Calgary Stampeders 28-11 earlier Saturday.

“Each time we take the sphere, it’s to win the soccer recreation however we have now to assist ourselves,” mentioned Hamilton head coach Orlondo Steinauer. “We did some nice issues tonight but it surely was sporadic.

“We now have to string it collectively persistently, we have now to play somewhat higher situational soccer. I feel there may be numerous resolve, numerous resilience. The hassle is there, it’s the execution.”

Powell, who’d gained three of his 4 earlier begins, completed 27-of-42 passing for 334 yards with a TD and two interceptions. The Ticats’ rookie fell to 0-3 this season versus Toronto.

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Hamilton’s Kiondre Smith had 9 catches for 156 yards, each recreation highs. The Ticats host Calgary on Saturday evening.

On Friday evening, Toronto visits the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10-4) in a Gray Cup rematch. However Dinwiddie mentioned the Argos gained’t be fielding a full group.

“I feel the media goes to make an enormous deal about it, the entire Gray Cup rematch and all of that stuff,” he mentioned. “I’m going to take a seat a few of our guys who’re beat up, a few of our stars aren’t going to be taking part in subsequent week.

“We’re not going to jeopardize a few of our star gamers which are beat up . . . I’m not placing anybody in jeopardy to make the media blissful so far as who we’re going to play.”

Toronto’s Boris Bede kicked two subject objectives, two converts and a single.

Liegghio booted two subject objectives and a convert whereas Kaare Vedvik added a single.

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Toronto rode a 16-point opening quarter to a 20-4 half-time lead and proceed a pattern this season versus Hamilton. Over the 4 video games, the Argos outscored the Ticats 48-3 within the first quarter and 79-17 within the first half.

Bede opened the scoring with a 41-yard subject objective at 3:59 of the primary. McManus staked Toronto to a 10-0 lead at 4:56, returning an interception 58 yards for the landing on Hamilton’s second play from scrimmage.

Liegghio hit a 26-yard subject objective at 11:12. It was arrange by Gordon Whyte’s restoration of a punt-returner Javon Leake’s fumble.

However on the following play, Kelly hit Brissett on a 70-yard TD strike at 11:31 for a 16-3 lead as Bede missed the convert.

Bede put Toronto forward 17-3 with a 62-yard single at 5:26 of the second. He made it 20-3 after connecting from 36 yards out at 13:07.

Vedvik booted a 56-yard single at 14:07.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Sept. 23, 2023.

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