Argos sink Ticats in final pre-season game for the East Division rivals

By Grant Deme

The Toronto Argonauts used four quarterbacks not named James Franklin in their last preseason game and took down the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30-23.

The Argos got combined efforts from McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Canadians Brandon Bridge and Michael O’Connor, and Dakota Prukop in the win.

Bethel-Thompson’s biggest contribution to the game was on a deep touchdown pass to new Argos receiver Derel Walker for 75 yards, which brought Toronto within three near the end of the half. He threw for 222 yards on 11-of-17 passing in his half of action. 

Bridge went 4-of-8 for 40 yards and an interception. O’Connor threw two passes — one of which was picked off — and Prukop put up some good numbers aided by a 43-yard touchdown pass to Cole Watson and finished with 82 yards on 5-of-7 passing.

The Ticats struck first, as Jeremiah Masoli got the game’s first major on the opening drive, connecting on an 11-yard play to second year Tabbie Bralon Addison, who led the game in receptions with six.

Lirim Hajrullahu looked good, hitting all three of his field goal attempts including a 43-yard boot, which broke the 20-20 tie in the third.

Masoli added another touchdown on the ground and capped off his night going 17-of-26 for 154 yards with an interception. Both Dane Evans and Hayden Moore combined to finish the game. Moore had a shot to rally a late game-tying drive following a 58-yard kickoff return from Frankie Williams but couldn’t strike pay dirt against the Argonauts defence.

Now the games count for real.

Toronto drew the short straw and have a bye in Week 1, while the Ticats host the Saskatchewan Roughriders Thursday night to open the CFL regular season at Tim Hortons Field.

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