Renegades cry jumbo foul

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Not only were the struggling Ottawa Renegades battling the Argos last night at the Rogers Centre, they had another opponent making their life miserable.

The JumboTron.

Renegades defensive back Korey Banks felt the giant scoreboard worked against his team last night as the referees reversed a fumble return for an Ottawa touchdown that would have put the visitors in front. Instead, the Argos held on to the ball and the lead, eventually posting a 29-18 win over the Renegades (5-9), who lost for the sixth time in a row.

"I've never seen nobody take points off the board in this league after watching the JumboTron," Banks said. "If you reverse it and turn it around the other way (with Ottawa fumbling and Toronto returning it for a potential touchdown), I don't even think they would show it on the JumboTron. But it's called home-field advantage. We need some of that in Ottawa."

The controversial call came in the third quarter with the Argos leading 17-11. Argos running back John Avery fumbled (though he appeared to be down before dropping the ball) and Renegades defensive back Greg Moss picked it up before running 67 yards for a touchdown.

OFFICIALS HUDDLE

But as the Renegades started coming on to the field for the extra point, the officials huddled, the replay was shown several times on the JumboTron and the crowd reacted with anger. After a lengthy delay, the refs reversed the call and spotted the ball where Avery was tackled.

When asked what the refs told him, Renegades coach Joe Paopao said, "Basically, they didn't see the call, none of the three refs, so it comes back to the spot of the play. It's a tough break for us."

While it was a critical play, Banks was quick to point out the Renegades still could have won the game.

"We didn't put it all together," said Banks, whose team's playoff hopes are all but gone.

"If we put it all together, that call wouldn't have hurt us. We played 80% of a good game, but you need 100% to beat teams like Toronto in their house."


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