Argos slam Ticats

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Say what you will about running back Ricky (The Philosopher King) Williams, but all that ying-yang won't win a football game unless your quarterback can do the job. Even better if his name is Wynn.

Spergon Wynn, acquired from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in February to provide the Argos with an heir apparent to 42-year-old Damon Allen, now has become the quarterback of the present.

Wynn came on in relief of Allen yesterday and led the Argos to a 27-17 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in front of a crowd of 27,689 at the Rogers Centre.

Wynn completed 18 of 28 attempts for 224 yards, threw one interception and also had two rushes for 10 yards. On his first play after Allen exited on the Argos third play with a broken finger that will sideline him four to six weeks, Wynn launched a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tony Miles. Wynn had several overthrows, but did well overall.

"Any time I go out there I feel like I have a chance to get better, learn from the mistakes I made," Wynn said. "Now we have to go out there and prepare and every week get better. That's our task now because teams are going to be prepared to play us and they're going to step up and we're going to have to match that intensity and exceed it."

Head coach Pinball Clemons praised Wynn for doing what a backup is expected when pressed into the No. 1 role.

"We're very proud of him, how he handled himself, his poise, his control," he said. "I guess I'll rub my hand in a little bit of mud and put it on Damon's finger."

Williams ran 17 times for 97 yards -- his longest being 35 -- and had two catches for 24 yards.

When asked if he was disappointed he didn't total 100 yards on the ground, Williams replied: "Come on, man. We won the game. Who cares about 100 yards."

It seemed as if the Argos coaching staff wanted Williams to reach the century mark because he was given the ball for the final two carries of the game. In fact, Tiger-Cats head coach Greg Marshall felt the Argos tried to rub it in a little.

Clemons dismissed that by saying if the Argos wanted to do that, they would have kicked a field goal instead of trying to score points on the ground -- and ultimately come up short.

"We didn't want to run up the score, but we did say if we can score on the ground we'll take that," he said.

Argos punter/kicker Noel Prefontaine had two converts, three field goals and one single.

The Argos defence only gave up one touchdown and picked off two passes, one by defensive back Clifford Ivory and the other by impressive rookie Jermaine Mays.


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