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PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

There is joy in Argoland.

Mighty Casey struck out yesterday at the SkyDome.

The Argos beat the B.C. Lions 22-16, principally by containing Casey Printers, the hottest quarterback in the league, in front of an announced crowd of 25,212.

The victory improved the Argos' record to 9-5-1 and enabled them to maintain a four-point lead over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the battle for second in the East.

The Lions, who had a chance to clinch first in the West with a win, dropped to 10-5.

The Argos defence had seven sacks, including five in the first half, after which B.C. head coach Wally Buono pulled Printers in favour of Dave Dickenson.

The Argos held Printers in check, something they didn't do in a 31-10 loss to the Lions in B.C. in August.

"We made it happen," said defensive end Jonathon Brown, who had four sacks. "We came out focused and ready to play, and we got a win. I don't know if you can say we made amends. They won one and we won one."

The Lions yesterday ran over the Argos, who surrendered a total of 183 yards on the ground, including 144 on 21 carries by feature back Antonio Warren. But when the Lions got away from the running game and attempted to go through the air the Argos shut them down.

"We gave up a lot of yards on the run, but we didn't break at the end," said defensive tackle Noah Cantor.

Dickenson, back in the lineup for only the second game after fully recovering from knee problems that forced him to the sidelines since July 2, capitalized on a miscue by the Argos defence in the fourth quarter.

He hooked up with Chris Brazzell on a 68-yard pass play for a touchdown that made the score 22-16 after the extra point.

"It wasn't until the second play (with Dickenson in) where somebody said, 'new quarterback,' " Cantor said. "It wasn't a big (adjustment).

"For us, it was more of a guy that wasn't as mobile, so we could get after him a little more."

Offensively, the Argos moved the chains but were hurt by numerous penalties, including some as simple as offside. One time it resulted in the annulment of a touchdown pass.

"I don't want to call anybody out," head coach Pinball Clemons said. "We can correct that."

Michael Bishop, making his seventh consecutive start at quarterback, played a fairly controlled game, completing 17 of 34 passes for 241 yards.

He threw two or three catchable passes that were dropped.

He served up an interception late in the first half, attempting to throw a long touchdown pass.

Noel Prefontaine, who has had problems kicking on the new SkyDome turf, nailed six field goals, some of which were made a little more difficult with an open roof and the resulting swirling winds. He also was solid with his punting which, combined with the defence, resulted in two conceded safeties.


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