Argos top Redblacks in #UnwatchaBowl

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The Toronto Argonauts (3-12) handed the Ottawa Redblacks (3-12) an eighth consecutive loss on Friday night at BMO, defeating the visitors 28-21.

Toronto’s S.J. Green was the game’s top performer, catching 10 passes for a season-high 170 yards. Green made history late in the second quarter when a 19-yard reception from McLeod Bethel-Thompson put him over 10,000 yards on his career.

Green is just the 18th player in CFL history to reach the 10,000-yard receiving mark, which further cements his status as a future Hall of Famer.

Bethel-Thompson was solid in his return to the starting lineup, completing 27-of-36 passing for 300 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The 31-year-old was the subject of trade talks this week, but ultimately remained with the Argonauts.

It’s a testament to the inept nature of the Redblacks that Toronto — fresh-off a 55-8 loss to the B.C. Lions — looked competent by comparison.

Will Arndt made his first career start for the Redblacks, completing 28-of-42 passing for 288 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. The second-year pivot also threw a fourth quarter pass attempt into the arms of Toronto safety Alden Darby, though it was dropped.

Ottawa converted a slick onside kick to start the second half, which was recovered by defensive back Brandin Dandridge. The Redblacks would recover a second onside kick late in the game following a drop from Toronto receiver Derel Walker.

Brendan Gillanders made the first start of his career on Friday, recording 60 yards from scrimmage on 11 touches for Ottawa. The former Gee-Gee entered the game with just 34 carries in 89 career games after six seasons spent predominantly on special teams.

Greg Morris, a fellow national, was used in rotation in Ottawa’s backfield. The Toronto native produced 36 yards on three carries, a new career-high.

The Redblacks managed 21 points on the night, bringing the team’s season total to 259. The CFL record for fewest points scored in a season since 1958 is 278, which means Ottawa must score 19 points over its final three games to avoid making history.

Tobi Antigha made his first career start at middle linebacker due to injuries sustained by veterans Bear Woods and Ian Wild, recording two interceptions. The former Saskatchewan Roughrider has mostly played defensive end with short stints at safety through three CFL seasons.

Tempers boiled over late in the game following a skirmish between Ottawa left tackle Mark Korte and Toronto defensive tackle Cleyon Laing. Argonauts’ defensive tackle Jhaustin Thomas was ejected for throwing a punch during the altercation and will face a fine for his role in the incident.

The struggling Argonauts drew 10,368 in attendance, a small number but not the club’s worst crowd of the season.

If you missed Friday’s matchup of futile foes, fear not — the clubs meet again in Toronto on October 26.