Argos rookie atones ... and then some
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency
|Argos' Dontrelle Inman powers his way into the Calgary end zone for one of his two touchdowns in Saturday's win over the Stamps. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - Dontrelle Inman, despite his lack of experience, is fully aware that one play does not win a game.
It just so happened that Toronto’s rookie wideout had a ball he should have caught go off his hands and returned for a pick six by Calgary on Saturday.
“I didn’t squeeze it hard enough,’’ he said. “But it’s part of the game. A game is not won on one play and my mindset was to ask God for strength to get that play out of my head.
“It was important for me to focus on the next play.”
Atonement would follow and with it further validation that Inman looms as a key target for Ricky Ray as a deep-ball presence that’s been sorely lacking in Argoland.
Inman would make the most of his three catches, hauling in two for touchdowns and producing a 107-yard game.
On his first major, Inman ran a corner route and Ray initially thought he overthrew him.
“I threw it earlier than I wanted,’’ confided Ray.
“It looked like I had to duck my head and dig for it,’’ added Inman.
On his second major, Inman took advantage of a breakdown in coverage by the Stamps by hauling in a fade route.
For Inman, Saturday’s 39-36 win was as wild as he’s ever seen in football, especially the sight of an opposing player returning a missed field goal 125 yards for a touchdown.
“It’s amazing to watch,’’ he said. “It’s stressful to see the other team doing it, but it makes you want to compete more and not give up.”
MILANOVICH LETS HIS GUARD DOWN
Sentimentality is one attribute that does not aptly describe Argonauts’ rookie head coach Scott Milanovich.
In Milanovich’s world, there is no sense in reliving his days in Montreal and the Grey Cup titles he was a part of with the Alouettes when the focus is now on the Argos.
It has to be and questions about his days as an Als assistant are quickly dismissed.
But when it came to Saturday’s home opener, and his first win as a head coach, Milanovich took time to ensure he kept the game ball as a memento.
“It was our first win,’’ he said. “As a head coach, you can only get your first win once and I held on to it (game ball).’’
His players doused Milanovich with water when Toronto’s wild and weird 39-36 win over the Calgary Stampeders was put to rest.
It would turn out that the game would be won on the left foot of Noel Prefontaine, who was Milanovich’s teammate when the two played for Los Angeles in the XFL.
“I was happy to help get Scott that first win,’’ said Prefontaine.