Argos come up short

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- This time, a comeback was not in the cards for the Argos.

Fresh off a come-from-behind 27-26 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Argos stalled out of the starting gate yet again last night and their rally attempt came up short.

Trailing 22-1 after a terrible first half, the Argos responded with two quick touchdowns to open the third quarter but never could erase the deficit as they lost 30-22 against the B.C. Lions before 29,217 at B.C. Place.

The Argos (2-2) were resilient. Jordan Younger picked off a Dave Dickenson pass with 50 seconds to go in the game at the Lions' 50-yard line, but on the next play Hakim Hill fumbled after catching a pass to seal Toronto's fate.

On the Argos' previous possession, they drove to the Lions' 26-yard line but turned it over on downs when quarterback Damon Allen was sacked by Nautyn McKay-Loescher.

The Lions (3-0), who beat the Argos 27-20 in the season opener at the Rogers Centre, swept the season series over the team that beat them in the Grey Cup last year. B.C., which snapped the Argos' two-game winning streak, is the only undefeated team in the CFL.

The Argos had a terrible first half, but came to life with a two-yard touchdown run by Hill, set up by a beautiful diving catch by Tony Miles. They scored another touchdown when defensive end Jonathan Brown recovered a snap that sailed over Dickenson's head.

B.C. receiver Jason Clermont and Argos counterpart R. Jay Soward then exchanged touchdowns before the third quarter came to a close, putting the Lions up 30-22.

While the Argos deserve credit for making a game of it, they simply need to play better if they want to be an elite team. The defence, which hasn't been in top form all season, gave up too many big plays. The offence also struggled -- the Argos did not have a single first down in the second quarter.

The Lions had constant pressure on Allen, registering eight sacks on the night. Allen -- despite all the Lions in his face -- had another solid game, throwing one touchdown pass and one interception and giving the Argos a chance to win.

Toronto was an undisciplined, mistake-prone team in the first half. Bad penalties helped the Lions gain key field position countless times.

Tony Simmons (on an 18-yard reception) and Geroy Simon (wide open for an 83-yard catch-and-run) scored touchdowns in the second quarter for the Lions. B.C. also had a safety and two Duncan O'Mahony field goals in the first half. Argos kicker Noel Prefontaine's single was the team's only first-half points.

The Argos lost wide receiver Robert Baker in the first half after he suffered a concussion on a kickoff return. Baker was back in the lineup after serving a one-game team-imposed suspension for punching Prefontaine.

The Argos have a bye next week before travelling to Montreal to face the Alouettes July 28.


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