Ottawa 'D' rocks the Boatmen

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Renegades 27, Argonauts 17

The Renegades completed the fourth season in franchise history yesterday, beating the Toronto Argonauts 27-17, a result that allowed coach Joe Paopao to go out with a bang.

With the Argos resting eight starters, including quarterback Damon Allen and receiver Arland Bruce, the Ottawa defence intercepted six passes, including three by Kyries Hebert to set a franchise record for most picks in a game.

The victory gave Ottawa a 7-11 record on the season, but fell short of qualifying the team for the playoffs, which has never occurred in the four-year history of the club.

Quarterback Kerry Joseph and Ka'Ron Coleman each had rushing touchdowns for the Renegades, who also got four field goals from Matt Kellett.

Running back Josh Ranek, eligible for free agency in February, rushed for 154 yards on 17 carries, the second highest total for the four-year veteran.

Ranek's big gain came in the second quarter when he broke through the line and rumbled for 71 yards before being hauled down by Jordan Younger at the Toronto 11.

Two plays later, Coleman scored a touchdown on a three-yard carry to give the Renegades a 15-4 lead.

"It was great to be able to send Joe out right. He deserves it more than anybody," said Ranek about Paopao, who is being replaced as head coach by John Jenkins tomorrow.

Ranek finished the season with 1,157 rushing yards, his fourth consecutive year with over 1,000 yards on the ground.

He and quarterback Joseph combined for 2,163 rushing yards, and became only the third QB and running back combination in CFL history to both break the 1,000 rushing-yards barrier.

Allen and Reggie Barnes did it with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1991 and Tracy Ham and Reggie Taylor also achieved the feat with Edmonton in 1989.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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