Baker gets revenge

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Holy spit! Holy hit!

Argos receiver Robert Baker exacted revenge on the Calgary Stampeders last night for spitting on him in an earlier game this year with a hit that became the turning point in the return match at the Rogers Centre.

Combined with two touchdown returns by Bashir Levingston, the Argos won 25-16.

The victory improved the Argos record to 6-3 on the season and gave them sole possession of first place in the East -- two points more than the Ottawa Renegades, which has played one more game.

Calgary dropped to 4-5.

Appearing lethargic after the first half, the Argos needed a play to provide a spark, and Baker generated that with a hit early in the third quarter. After safety Trey Young picked off a Damon Allen pass and began his run upfield, Baker levelled him with a crushing hit, dislodged the ball and recovering it.

Six plays later, Noel Prefontaine kicked a 24-yard field goal to give the Argos an 11-10 lead.

Baker vowed to exact physical revenge on Calgary defensive lineman Rahim Abdullah for allegedly spitting in his face back on July 1 when the two teams played out west, and savoured the revenge he exacted on the entire Stamps team.

"That's the whole squad, I take it out on everybody," Baker said. "Anything I can get to make them feel the way I felt the last time I played them, then so be it."

Two minutes and 16 seconds after the field goal, Levingston scored the first of his two returns for touchdowns, this one 109 yards. It represented his first touchdown return of the season, but he doubled his output with nine seconds to play on a 111-yard return after a missed 54-yard field goal by the Stamps' Sandro DeAngelis, who came up a yard or two short. Levingston had been prepared to concede a point after chewing up some seconds, but ended up taking it out of the end zone when the Stamps dilly-dallied.

"I was getting a little frustrated (trying to get a touchdown return), but there was not much I could do about it, just try to make the most out of each opportunity," he said. "The guys keep working hard and the guys believe in me and I know I believe in myself. I know I'm still the best (in the league)."

Calgary made it close with 2:21 to go in the game on a touchdown pass from Henry Burris to Jeremaine Copeland, but the Stamps failed on a two-point convert after originally kicking for a point but doing it over twice because of Argo penalties.

Tony Miles had the Argos' only touchdown on offence on a 35-yard catch-and-run play in the second quarter.

Allen, who threw the touchdown pass, had two interceptions and two fumbles, one of which should never had been called because his knee clearly hit the ground first.


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