Argos cruise to easy victory over Alouettes while playing three Canadian quarterbacks

The Argos played James Franklin and three Canadian quarterbacks as the boatmen steered the ship to a convincing 45-20 win in their pre-season opener at Varsity Stadium in downtown Toronto.

Franklin played two series moving the Argos offence into field goal position on the first and tossing a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Ralph to cap his day. Toronto’s number one pivot completed 3-of-4 passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson had two drives both resulting in majors, finding Derel Walker and S.J. Green for touchdowns. He finished 6-for-7 with 131 yards and two touchdowns. Free agent signee and national Brandon Bridge hit on two TD balls as well going 9-for-12 with 142 yards.

Fellow Canadian pivot Michael O’Connor, Toronto’s third round pick in the 2019 CFL draft, engineered a touchdown on his only drive, completing 4-of-5 attempts for 29 yards. Meanwhile, Regina native Noah saw the field for one drive.

The Argos put up 527 yards of total offence under the guidance of Jacques Chapdelaine and looked like a dynamic unit, but the Montreal Alouettes didn’t travel or dress a number of defensive starters, including John Bowman, Henoc Muamba, Tommie Campbell, Ciante Evans, and Patrick Levels.

The Argos and Alouettes played in front of 4,313 fans, most of whom were school kids. It was a smart initiative by the team to expose the CFL game to the younger demographic.

Montreal may have new flashy uniforms but Mike Sherman’s team had a terrible start to the season — giving up 45 points, managing just 288 offensive yards while turning the ball over four times — is an awful sign for the Alouettes.

However, a much better assessment of where Montreal is at will come in a week’s time during the Als’ home pre-season game. And it is the exhibition season, so for as good as the Argos looked and bad the Alouettes were it only matter when the games count for real.

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