Ticats close first-place gap on Argos

Ricky Ray gets a rude welcome back from the Tiger-Cats on Monday. Ray couldn't rally the Boatmen,...

Ricky Ray gets a rude welcome back from the Tiger-Cats on Monday. Ray couldn't rally the Boatmen, who lost 24-18 and now hold a two-point edge on the Tabbies for first place in the East. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:48 PM ET

GUELPH - The Argos suddenly find themselves with a Tiger-Cat on their tails.

And all of a sudden, first place in the East is no longer a certainty.

For the second straight week, the Argos had a shot to wrap up a home playoff berth and move one step closer to claiming the East.

For the second straight week, the Hamilton Ticats served notice, in each instance making the big plays when a game was riding in the balance.

Even with Ricky Ray back in the saddle, another slow start and too many moments of undisciplined play would ultimately doom the Argos.

Ray had a chance to win the game, but his desperate heave into the end zone with a little more than a minute remaining was picked off, a pass intended for Spencer Watt, who dropped a sideline pass he should have caught on the same series.

The Ticats would win 24-18 and claw to within two points of the Argos, who are now 9-6.

Hamilton now holds the tiebreaker.


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