Medlock knocks Andrus after loss

Andre Durie of the Argos is tackled by the Stampeders' Tim Johnson during the first half last...

Andre Durie of the Argos is tackled by the Stampeders' Tim Johnson during the first half last night. (ALEX UROSEVIC/Sun Media)

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

There's a good chance Justin Medlock and Bart Andrus didn't go for a post-game beer together last night.

A calm but puzzled Medlock all but called out his head coach after the Argonauts' latest demoralizing loss, a 23-20 setback to the Calgary Stampeders at the Rogers Centre, running the Argos' franchise-record home-losing streak to 10 games.

Instead of sending Medlock, who has made 20 of 21 field goals this season, on to the field for a 57-yard attempt that would have tied the game had it been good, Andrus opted to keep quarterback Cody Pickett in.

With five seconds on the clock, Pickett took the snap, only to throw a Hail Mary pass to Mike Bradwell that went incomplete and the Argos lost in the final minute for the second time in as many games.

"I probably should have just run on the field," Medlock said.

"I was in the zone -- here we go, I'm going to kick it. And then when we ran the play, I was kind of like, whoa. There was some miscommunication, I think.

"I wanted the chance but it did not happen. I would have kicked from 65 if I had to. I had a 60-yarder in warmup that hit the bar."

Four weeks ago, Medlock missed his only field goal attempt when a 57-yarder in the final minute against Winnipeg hit the upright.

"I'll take the heat on the call to not kick the field goal," Andrus said.

"You look back at the one that bounced off the goal post. The roof was open and we had a wind. I watched him kick in pre-game (last night) and I was not sure at 57."

The Argos might have lost in overtime anyway.

But the field goal try before 25,329 would have been a smarter option.

Medlock's longest this season was from 52 yards.

What matters most is the Argos are 2-6, last in the Canadian Football League and are incapable of playing 60 minutes of solid football.

They held the Stampeders, coming into Toronto with the league's most productive offence, to three points in the first half. But the defence could not contain quarterback Henry Burris in the final 30 minutes, and he completed 13 of 16 passes.

The killer was an eight-yard touchdown strike to Jeremaine Copeland with 46 seconds remaining.

A pair of touchdowns by Argos slotback P.K. Sam, including one that gave Toronto a 20-16 lead with less than five minutes left, amounted to nothing.

Pickett wasn't bad, but he's 0-4 as a CFL starter and will have to start showing more soon.

"In the second half we gave up drives, and that is a major concern," Andrus said.

"I don't know if (the defence) is getting tired or losing focus, but we're going to have to pinpoint it.

"It looked like a different defence in the second half."

The Argos, who have not won at home since Aug. 1, 2008, don't play again until Labour Day, when they're in Hamilton for the first game of a home-and-home set with the Tiger-Cats that should have been important.

The back-to-back series is the first for Arland Bruce III, who was traded by Toronto to the Ticats.

"It's to the point where I don't want to speak to you guys because I don't want to say something I would regret," said linebacker Zeke Moreno, who had his bell rung on a hit by Nik Lewis but was all right. "The frustration is there."

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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