Argos need to 'defend their turf'

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

After beating Edmonton last week, the Argos want to the steal the Eskimos' slogan and make it their own.

The Argos play host to the Calgary Stampeders tonight at the Rogers Centre and, to use the Edmonton theme, want to "defend the turf."

The fact the Eskimos didn't do a good job defending their turf Saturday and losing 22-18 to Toronto is another story.

Quarterback Damon Allen said the Argos (5-3) want to do better at home, where their record is 2-2.

"We feel we're very confident at home and play very well at home," Allen said. "It's just an opportunity for us to extend the win from last week."

Defensive lineman Eric England echoed Allen.

"Calgary's coming in here trying to take our advantage away from us -- that's our fans and just being at home -- and we can't let that happen, but the main thing is to defend your turf," he said. "We're not happy with the 2-2 record at home. We're going to try to work on that and, hopefully, things will come out and everything will be better than it is now."

The challenge will be to overcome the pain and fatigue from playing on a shortened schedule. The game had been scheduled for tomorrow night but had to be moved up one day to accommodate the time needed to change over the field for the Blue Jays home stand beginning Friday.

"Is it fair? No. But life isn't fair," Argos coach Pinball Clemons said.

The Argos have had little time to prepare mentally and physically for the Stamps.

"We've just got to adapt," receiver Andre Talbot, who is still hurting from a bone-jarring tackle late in the Edmonton game, said. "We're professionals and we're paid to do a job and the fact we've had only (a few days) between games doesn't matter. We've got to go out and get a win. I'm a little sore, but come game time you get the adrenaline going through you and none of that matters."

Meanwhile, for Calgary kicker Sandro DeAngelis, 24, born and raised in Niagara Falls, it will be a homecoming of sorts. It's DeAngelis' first professional game here.

"This is pretty much a game I've circled on my calendar," he said. "I think the world of the stadium and I have a lot of great memories as a kid growing up here."

DeAngelis kicked the game-winning 38-yard field goal with no time on the clock in the Stamps' 40-37 win over the Montreal Alouettes last Thursday at Molson Stadium. He has nailed 20 of 22 attempts this year and is the front-runner as CFL rookie of the year.

"I'm really excited about the way my season's going," he said. "I've always had the utmost confidence in my abilities."

He will have 15 to 20 friends and relatives in attendance for the game.


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