Error forgiven after great game ... Stamps receiver depth taken serious hit ... getting the job done
TORONTO — Roy Finch is a man who clearly holds himself accountable.
After giving the Toronto Argonauts the ball with fantastic field position when he fumbled the ball on his first punt return of Thursday’s game at BMO Field, Finch took it upon himself to make it up to his teammates.
The next time Finch got his hands on the ball, he weaved his way through the Argos special team unit for a 55-yard kickoff return. That was just the appetizer. Early in the second quarter, Argos kicker Lirim Hajrullahu delivered a solid punt downfield. Finch caught it and then took off, delivering one of the dirtiest headfakes we’re likely to see this CFL season and then taking off for a 103-yard touchdown.
It was the second-longest in Stampeders history — Jessie Branch has the longest, a 105-yard return in 1964 — and set the team oncourse for its second blowout victory in the last six days over Ontario opposition.
Finch also had a 97-yard punt return touchdown in last weekend’s massacre of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and he’s showing that after looking solid in his first year with the Stamps in 2016, he’s taken a leap forward this season. Stamps’ Week 4 loss to the Montreal Alouettes firmly in the rearview mirror.
He did fumble the ball for the third time this season on Thursday, though, this time giving the Argonauts the ball on the Stamps’ 13-yard-line.
Messam is powering a Stampeders offence that is putting up big numbers right now, but the team’s going to need him to put in work to make sure he’s keeping hold of the ball as they prepare for the bigger West Division challenges that lie ahead over the next month.