Argos seek first home victory at BMO Field, against Alouettes
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.
Scott Milanovich says the Argos didn’t come into this season looking to be a .500 team.