The Eskimos have started the season to a very improbable 5-0 start. The 5th victory came in a controversial game against the Toronto Argonauts.
The game started slowly as for most of the first quarter, the Eskimos held a 1-0 lead thanks to a rouge. The first touchdown came on an 11 yard run by Chad Kackert on the same series in which he appeared to turn the ball over to the Eskimos. The call went Toronto’s way and they left the first quarter with a 7-1 lead.
Unfortunately for the Argos, they couldn’t leave the second quarter routinely. At one point they had a 17-1 point lead, but that turned to a 17-9 score after a Marcus Henry Touchdown. With 30 seconds left in the half, Boatmen kicker Grant Shaw, who came into the game because of an injury to Noel Prefontaine during warm-ups, kicked the ball out of bounds giving the Eskimos good field position. A pass-interference call put the Esks on the 1 yard line with 5 seconds left.
The Argonauts made a stop and walked to the dressing room thinking the half was over. In reality, there was 1.5 seconds left on the clock, and it took a booth review to uncover it. When the players returned to the field, Kerry Joseph punched it into the endzone for a score. At the real half, Toronto still led, but only by 2.
The third quarter contained an exchange of singles but that was it.
The real excitement took place during the fourth where Matt Black took back an 81 yard punt return to regain the Argos lead. After a Damon Duval field goal to make it 25-19, it was crunch time for the Esks.
And who else to score for Edmonton when they need it, but Fred Stamps who caught a 21 yard touchdown pass from Ricky Ray to put them up by 1.
The last chance for the boatmen came when they set up Grant Shaw for a...57 yard field goal, in which he missed.
Ricky Ray went 24/34 and threw for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dalton Bell was so bad I guess that the CFL didn’t want to publish his stats.
Spencer Watt was the leading receiver for Toronto with 4 catches for 64 yards. The CFL’s receiving leader, Fred Stamps, reached the 100 yard mark for the 5th time this season.
Chad Kackert was a show running for 139 yards in the loss while Edmonton only managed to rush for a combined 97 yards.