Stamps stomp Ar­gos, 41-24

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DAN RALPH

TORONTO — Bo Levi Mitchell threw three TD passes and Roy Finch had a punt-re­turn touch­down for the sec­ond straight game as the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers de­feated the Toronto Arg­onauts, 41-24, in Cana­dian Foot­ball League ac­tion Thurs­day night.

Mitchell fin­ished 19-of-24 pass­ing with 249 yards for Cal­gary (5-1-1). He ce­mented the win with a nine-yard TD strike to Mar­quay McDaniel to open the sec­ond half and put the Stam­ped­ers com­fort­ably ahead 34-10 be­fore 11,616 spec­ta­tors at BMO Field.

Mitchell hit McDaniel on a 10-yard TD pass at 4:05 of the fourth to boost Cal­gary’s lead to 41-13. The Stam­ped­ers moved atop the West Divi­sion ahead of the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos (5-0), who host the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats (0-5) on Friday night.

But play­ing for the sec­ond time in five nights didn’t stop Cal­gary from earn­ing its sev­enth straight win over Toronto and third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory over­all.

Mitchell also im­proved to 7-0 against Toronto and 48-8-2 over­all as a CFL starter. Cal­gary is 29-6-2 ver­sus East teams since 2013.

Toronto (3-4) was play­ing its third game in 11 nights (1-2 over that stretch). Starter Ricky Ray was 15-of-26 pass­ing for 139 yards with a TD and in­ter­cep­tion be­fore sus­tain­ing a shoul­der in­jury in the sec­ond half.

Ray failed to pass for 300-plus yards for the first time this sea­son and fell to 2-5 in his seven Toronto starts ver­sus Cal­gary.

The Ar­gos re­main atop the East thanks to be­ing 3-0 within the con­fer­ence. But they’re 0-4 against the West and have just two wins in their last 13 con­tests ver­sus Western clubs.

Jerome Mes­sam and DeVaris Daniels had Cal­gary’s other touch­downs. Rene Pare­des booted five con­verts and two field goals.

S.J. Green and Cody Fa­jardo had Toronto’s touch­downs. Anthony Coombs had a two­point con­vert while Lirim Ha­jrul­lahu kicked a con­vert and three field goals.

Finch and Mitchell helped Cal­gary outscore Toronto 17-3 in the sec­ond quar­ter and take a solid 27-10 half­time ad­van­tage.

Finch’s elec­tri­fy­ing 103-yard punt re­turn TD at 2:29 gave the Stam­ped­ers a 17-7 ad­van­tage.

It was Cal­gary’s third re­turn touch­down on the sea­son.

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