RedBlacks beat Argos for first win on historic night

Ottawa Redblacks players celebrate after defeating the Toronto Argonauts at TD Place in Ottawa,...

Ottawa Redblacks players celebrate after defeating the Toronto Argonauts at TD Place in Ottawa, July 18, 2014. (CHRIS WATTIE/Reuters)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

OTTAWA - It was awesome, a bit of history, a bit of South-side sucks, a lot of North-side sucks ... there was booing, plenty of cheering. Yep, 24,000-plus fans, a packed house, lapped it up Friday night as the CFL returned to Ottawa.

For some, it was as much about the cold beer and tasty food as it was about what happened on the field.

But for the RedBlacks, for those who wore uniforms, for everybody in the organization, it was incredible, a day in time theyll never forget.

The RedBlacks beat the Toronto Argos 18-17 on a last-minute 23-yard field goal by Brett Maher, his sixth three-pointer of the game.

Its a great night, said Maher. If youre a kicker and you dont want to be in that situation, youre probably not going to thrive. My whole career, Ive kicked a bunch of field goals and never hit a game-winner, never even tried one.

As Ricky Rays final pass fell into the arms of RedBlacks defender Jasper Simmons, and players dumped a bucket of Gatorade on coach Rick Campbell, it was game over.

I just broke on the ball, it was there and I caught it, said Simmons. Its a great feeling, especially to bring it home for the fans.


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