Beat goes on for Argos

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

The Grey Cup was on display at the Rogers Centre yesterday, a little early autumn tease for Argos fans.

A 33-8 win over the Edmonton Eskimos might even have had some among the 28,354 at Rogers Centre thinking they'll be back to cheer on the home team on Nov. 25.

For starters, the Boatmen boosted their record to 7-7, all but clinching a playoff spot.

They scored two touchdowns on special teams, continuing the explosive play of that unit in recent weeks.

And the defence, dominant for years now, continued to do its thing, harassing rookie Eskimos quarterback Stefan LeFors and keeping the visitors in single digits.

They may as well start planning the parade ...

Not so fast, says Boatmen coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons.

"We've got to start playing better offence right now," Clemons said after a muted celebration for the dominant if unspectacular score over a struggling CFL doormat.

"It really is time to get on with it. We've got to start playing better offence right now."

Clemons knows he has excuses: A new offensive scheme, a rash of injuries, new faces every week, etc.

"There's a lot of those factors," Clemons said. "But Montreal (next week's opponent) doesn't care about that and neither will the rest of the league as we go on."

Thanks to the woeful Eskimos, the offensive struggles had little effect on yesterday's outcome, however, as the Argos reached a season-high three-game win streak.

Speedster Dominique Dorsey, fresh off being named the CFL's special team's player of the month, opened the scoring on a 52-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Standout cornerback Byron Parker had two interceptions but scored his touchdown on a 28-yard return of a punt that was blocked by teammate Jordan Younger.

"I was at the right spot at the right time," said Parker, who had the ball fall in his hands before strolling into the end zone untouched.

The Argos did get two offensive touchdowns, the first on a two-yard catch by offensive lineman Jeff Keeping. The Uxbridge native lined up as a tight end for his first score as a pro and the first since his CIS days at Western.

Trouble was, it came on the fifth play the Argos ran from the Edmonton two.

The second offensive score game in garbage time, a nifty 42-yard reception by Tony Miles.

The defence did its usual: Harassing LeFors for much of the game picking him off twice and sacking him six times.

Bishop, who completed 17 of 28 attempts for 257 yards, was also intercepted once and had a number of receivers drop balls.

The quarterback, who is now 7-1 as a starter, expects more though and his teammates believe he'll get it.

"Never write off an offence with Michael Bishop, Tony Miles, Arland Bruce and Andre Talbot and all the big players we've got," Parker said. "It's a work in progress but as long as we can keep them healthy, we've got a great, great shot. Our offence is going to come on, I know they are."


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