Boatmen show up big on defence
By SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency
|Toronto Argonauts make the gang tackle on Marquay McDaniel of the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday night at McMahon Stadium. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - Give credit where credit’s due.
The Toronto Argonauts came into McMahon Stadium on Saturday evening and executed their defensive gameplan to … well … not perfection, but pretty close.
A late touchdown from Stamps QB Kevin Glenn to Chris Bauman in garbage time made the 22-14 CFL final score look flattering.
Stamps running back Jon Cornish, fresh off a 170-yard rushing performance in Hamilton the previous week, was held to 43 yards on 12 carries.
Glenn was picked off once — at a crucial spot in the fourth quarter — and sacked twice.
The Argos also forced two fumbles, both of which were scooped back up by the Stamps.
“I think we were completing passes, they were just coming up short,” Glenn said. “They did a good job of bailing out and trying to play the stakes and not letting us get to our depth. In some situations, they were blitzing guys, and then we had to throw quick.
“We were trying to get the ball to the guys so they could break a tackle and make a big play, but it just wasn’t happening.”
An announced crowd of 28,246 fans sat on their hands for the majority of the second half — and with good reason — as the Stamps managed only 134 yards of offence in the final two quarters.
“In the first half, we let them off the hook, and then, we just didn’t do anything in the third quarter,” Stamps defensive back Keon Raymond said. “We came out dormant and kind of let them control the game. That’s what happens when you don’t show up in the second half.”
Stamps head coach/GM John Hufnagel took issue with his team’s last two efforts on the McMahon Stadium turf, where they’re now 2-2 on the season. Every other team in the West Division is over .500.
“The last two home games at McMahon, we’ve worn down in the latter part of the game,” Hufnagel said. “So as an offence, we need to be able to stay on the field in the second half and in the third quarter, especially, and defensively, get off the field.”
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