Ar­gos seek first home vic­tory at BMO Field, against Alou­ettes

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DAN RALPH

Scott Mi­lanovich says the Toronto Argonauts didn’t come into this Cana­dian Foot­ball League sea­son look­ing to be a .500 team, but that’s where they sit as they chase their first win in their new home.

Toronto hosts the Mon­treal Alou­ettes on Mon­day night in its third game at BMO Field. While the Ar­gos (2-2) boast a per­fect road record, they’re 0-2 so far this sea­son at Ex­hi­bi­tion Place.

The Ar­gos kicked off the 2016 sea­son drop­ping a 42-20 loss to the Hamil­ton TigerCats at BMO Field then los­ing a 30-20 de­ci­sion to the Ot­tawa Redblacks on July 13 in their last game.

“It’s im­por­tant to get a win. Pe­riod,” said Mi­lanovich, Toronto’s head coach. “(When) you’re 2-2, it means you’re aver­age and we didn’t start off the sea­son to be aver­age.

“Ob­vi­ously, get­ting one at home, there’s that much more pres­sure be­cause we want to do well in front of our fans.”

Mon­treal (1-2) is com­ing off a 31-7 home loss to Hamil­ton July 15. Quar­ter­back Kevin Glenn re­turns un­der cen­tre af­ter not play­ing ver­sus the Ti­cats due to an in­flamed eye.

Ra­keem Cato earned the start and was 18of-25 pass­ing for 203 yards as Hamil­ton took con­trol of the game by outscor­ing Mon­treal 26-3 in the sec­ond half. He was re­placed by young­ster Ver­non Adams Jr., who was 4-of-9 pass­ing for 35 yards.

Mon­treal is av­er­ag­ing a Cana­dian Foot­ball League-low 14 points per game and will be with­out slot­back S.J. Green and tail­back Tyrell Sut­ton, who are both on the in­jured list. An­thony Calvillo, pro foot­ball’s all-time pass­ing leader, is his first sea­son as the Alou­ettes’ of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor.

Re­gard­less of Mon­treal’s of­fen­sive strug­gles, Mi­lanovich said he has a healthy re­spect Glenn and vet­eran re­ceivers Duron Carter and Nik Lewis, who’ve both pub­licly lashed out re­gard­ing the Alou­ettes’ of­fen­sive strug­gles thus far.

“Our de­fence will cer­tainly have its hands full,” Mi­lanovich said.

CANA­DIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

Scott Mi­lanovich says the Ar­gos didn’t come into this sea­son look­ing to be a .500 team.

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