Johnson, Pile both showed up

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

MONCTON, N.B. -- Jeff Johnson did all he could to swing momentum back to the Argonauts on Sunday.

After Mimico native Elliott Richardson ran a Cleo Lemon interception 86 yards for what appeared to be a touchdown, video review -- after a challenge by Argos head coach Jim Barker -- showed that Johnson had brought Richardson down on the one-yard line.

But the Argos couldn't take a step from the play, which came as time expired in the first half. His teammates mobbed Johnson when the call was reversed, but that was it.

"We did not grab that," Johnson, the longest-serving current Argo, said. "Guys have to look in the mirror because we have to be much better than that. Edmonton played well, they kept pushing, but we have to be better than that. We need to clean up our act."

Johnson, along with safety Willie Pile, were among the few Argos who showed up to play. Johnson had the only touchdown for the Boatmen, and averaged 7.4 yards a carry on five rushes.

Still, when asked what the absence of running back Cory Boyd means, head coach Jim Barker answered: "Well, how much is a lot? You take a guy like that out ... it's not an excuse."

Pile was sharp, as he had a hand in all three Eskimos turnovers. He intercepted a Ricky Ray pass in the end zone, forced a Brad Lester fumble that was recovered by teammate Evan McCollough and stuffed Lester on third-and-one when the Esks gambled at the Toronto 50-yard line in the second quarter.

But like Johnson, it bothered Pile that the Argos had about as much jump as Nazem Kadri at Maple Leafs training camp.

"When discouragement set in, we did not play with the fire that is necessary to win in this league," Pile said. "It's tough when you don't respond all the way around. It's a total team loss."


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