Argos fail to tame Ticats

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

HAMILTON -- A win is a Wynne is a Wynn.

Last night, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats pulled off a 21-11 pre-season win over the Argos at Ivor Wynne Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 25,398.

The Tiger-Cats beat the Argos 31-3 last Friday at the Rogers Centre in the pre-season opener for both teams. They meet again in the season opener in Toronto a week today.

But the big story last night for the Argos was the health of starting quarterback Damon Allen and the play of his projected backup Spergon Wynn. Wynn was pressed into service early in the first quarter when Allen fumbled after a 19-yard run on the Argos' second series and suffered an undisclosed injury. He said afterward it's not serious and was kept out for "precautionary" reasons. Head coach Pinball Clemons expects Allen to be ready for the season opener.

Wynn had a so-so outing, though it wasn't entirely his fault. He overthrew some passes --including one to Arland Bruce that had touchdown written all over it -- had another one picked off and had six throws dropped. He hooked up with rookie receiver Donald Hayes on a 28-yard TD play in the fourth quarter. Overall he completed eight of 23 for 181 yards.

"I had about two or three (passes) that I'd like to have back, but overall I think it was a pretty good effort out there," Wynn said.

Wynn, acquired in a trade with Winnipeg in the off-season, is in his fifth year in the CFL but is largely undeveloped so far.

Rookie Eric Crouch is still a work in progress and had only four completions in nine attempts last night and had two interceptions.Sophomore Charlie Peterson didn't play because the team wanted to get a good look at Crouch.

Wynn received praise from Clemons.

"He would say he'd like to be a little bit more accurate and it's important you get these reps at game speed to be able to do that," Clemons said.

Linebackers Michael Fletcher and Chuck Winters suffered injuries. Fletcher, the starting weakside backer, injured his knee in the first quarter and the early prognosis is at least two weeks on the shelf.

Winters, a reserve back/defensive back, suffered a shoulder dislocation and is likely sidelined for at least two months.

Notwithstanding the early exit of Allen, the Argos employed their starting offence for the first three quarters of the game and made a concerted effort to run the ball with tailback Ricky Williams and had a fullback, Jeff Johnson, who is the backup tailback, providing lead blocking.

Williams finished with 11 carries for 46 yards, fumbled once and dropped the only pass thrown to him. He had only four carries for seven yards in a quarter and a bit in his Argos and Canadian Football League debut the week before.

"I felt my feet are coming back and definitely an improvement from last time," he said.


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