Argos coach takes blame for last-minute decision

Terry Koshan, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:02 AM ET

Justin Medlock tried to apologize Saturday morning for comments he made following the Argonauts’ 23-20 loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night but head coach Bart Andrus wouldn’t hear of it.

Medlock thought he should have been on the field for the final play of the regulation to attempt a 57-yard field goal, and said as much after the Argos’ fourth loss in a row. Instead, Andrus kept quarterback Cody Pickett in the game, and the result was a failed Hail Mary pass to Mike Bradwell.

“He came in apologetic, and I said, ‘Don’t apologize, it’s on us,’” Andrus said. “We went through it this morning in detail. I would have kicked a field goal, faced with the situation again. After reviewing it, we would have done it differently and we will do it differently next time.”

Had Medlock been given the chance and been successful, the game would have been tied 23-23 and been sent to overtime. Medlock has become the most reliable field-goal kicker in the Canadian Football League as a rookie, connecting on 20 of 21 tries with a long of 52 yards.

It was the second bitter defeat in a row for Toronto, which has lost a franchise-record 10 in a row at home.

The Argos were ahead in the final minute when Stamps quarterback Henry Burris found Jeremaine Copeland for an eight-yard touchdown. On Aug. 14, the Argos led the B.C. Lions until the last minute of play, eventually losing by eight points.

Toronto is 2-6 and in last in the CFL, with their next two games against former Boatmen receiver Arland Bruce and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sept. 7 and Sept. 11.

terry.koshan@sunmedia.ca


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