Kackert runs out of time

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:37 AM ET

TORONTO - As a CFL greenhorn, Argonauts running back Chad Kackert has yet to master all of the unique rules that make the Canadian Football League so uniquely Canadian.

And, until he gets to experience them in a live game, mistakes will happen, one of which Kackert took responsibility for late in the first half of Thursday’s 36-23 loss to the Alouettes at the Rogers Centre.

With time running out in the first half and the Argos in field goal position, Kackert took a handoff and picked up 17 yards before running out of bounds. Problem was, the play killed the clock and, with it, the Argos’ shot at three points.

‘Didn’t know’

“I just need to be aware,’’ Kackert said afterwards. “I didn’t know you could slide and get the clock to stop after a first down. It’s just something I’ve got to know.

“It was a mistake and I won’t let it happen again.”

Even if the Argos had been able to kick a field goal and draw closer to the Als, it’s doubtful they would have toppled Montreal on this night.

Momentum could have been created headed into the break, but, instead, the sequence typified Toronto’s night.

“My initial thought when it (the running lane) first opened up was that I could score,’’ said Kackert. “Some of the guys were telling me to get out of bounds, but it was something like 20 yards and I can run 20 yards in less than six seconds.”

For Kackert, Thursday’s game marked his fourth game he started for an injured Cory Boyd.

Boyd should be available for next Saturday night’s visit to Hamilton, leaving Kackert in limbo.

He certainly has done enough to warrant touches, but Boyd, quite simply, is the workhorse the Argos need at the moment.


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