Cahoon boots Argos

DEAN McNULTY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

MONTREAL -- In what may just turn out to be one of the most bizarre Canadian Football League games played, the Toronto Argonauts last night overcame a 19-3 halftime deficit only to lose 29-27 to the Montreal Alouettes in overtime on a field goal by the back-up to the back-up kicker, Ben Cahoon.

It was the first three-pointer in the 10-year CFL career of the Alouettes' slot back turned kicker.

He was given the job after starter Damon Duval was ejected for objectionable conduct in a dust-up with Argos cornerback Byron Parker.

But far from being dejected with the team's fourth loss in six games, Argos head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons was full of praise for the second-half comeback of his squad under trying circumstances.

"I've played and coached in an awful lot of CFL games so there certainly might be one that was more bizarre than (last night)," he said. "But ... I certainly don't remember it."

The comeback started with a fourth-quarter, record-tying 129-yard missed field goal return by the Argos' Dominique Dorsey.

That play changed the momentum of the game that had been Montreal's to win right from their opening possession.

"I told the guys at half time that we could not give up any more points," Clemons said. "And we were able to do it, for the most part. But (Dorsey's) runback was key."

Clemons, however, said that no matter how good a moral victory may feel, it can't overcome the fact that a loss is a loss.

"We have to get back in the win column," he said.

The Argos also lost quarterback Damon Allen in the first half with what may turn out to be a season-ending torn tendon in his big toe.

It was the fourth serious injury Allen has suffered at the McGill University stadium.

"I don't know if it's bad luck or what," he said after the game. "But this place has been bad. I broke my leg here too."

Clemons went with Rocky Butler -- fourth on the Argos QB depth chart -- for the rest of the game and even though he threw four interceptions, the coach stuck with him.

"I don't fault him," Clemons said. "He was put into a very difficult situation."

The coach would not say what or who is next on the musical chair that has been the pivot position this season.

With Allen and Michael Bishop out, and Mike McMahon nailed to the bench, Clemons would appear to have few options.

"We'll assess the situation when we get back to Toronto," he said.

But it's more than just the quarterback position that failed the Argos against Montreal.

The defensive line parted like the Red Sea time after time on the Alouettes' first offensive series that ended with a two-yard touchdown run by Jerry Payton from quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

It was not so much that the Argos defenders looked just outmatched, they looked disorganized, allowing the Als to establish their running game without being challenged.

Clemons said that the 'bend but don't break' defence from last season may have looked sluggish early but he was pleased with its second effort.

"Even when we were down by 16 I knew the defence would hold," he said. "It's just too bad that the final score didn't represent our effort."

He can only hope for a more favourable result on Aug. 10 at home against Saskatchewan Rough Riders.


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