Er­ror for­given af­ter great game ... Stamps re­ceiver depth taken se­ri­ous hit ... get­ting the job done

Calgary Sun - - SPORTS - With Daniel Austin

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.

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