Stam­ped­ers con­tinue their mas­tery of the Ar­gos

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Dan RALPH

TORONTO — Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 346 yards and a TD as the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers beat Toronto 23-16 on Fri­day night to con­tinue their mas­tery of the Arg­onauts.

Mitchell fin­ished 33-of-48 pass­ing with two in­ter­cep­tions to im­prove to 11-0 all­time ver­sus Toronto (2-10). And Cal­gary (94) earned its 12th straight reg­u­lar-sea­son win over the Ar­gos and sev­enth con­sec­u­tive road vic­tory here.

How­ever, Toronto did up­set Cal­gary 2724 in the 2017 Grey Cup game in Ot­tawa.

Cal­gary im­proved to 4-0 with Mitchell back un­der cen­tre de­spite be­ing with­out the CFL’s lead­ing re­ceiver (Reg­gie Begel­ton) and tack­les leader (mid­dle line­backer Corey Green­wood). It wasn’t a clean per­for­mance as the Stam­ped­ers com­mit­ted three turnovers and could only muster a sec­ond-half field goal.

And that al­lowed Toronto to score 10 fourth-quar­ter points to pull to within 23-16 with 1:56 to play. James Franklin found Derel Walker on a 35-yard TD strike at 13:04 af­ter Tyler Crapigna booted a 35yard field goal at 10:40 be­fore a sea­son-low BMO Field gath­er­ing of 9,819.

That’s as close as Toronto would get. Cal­gary took over at its 25-yard line with 1:51 and ran out the clock to drop the Ar­gos to 2-4 in their last six games af­ter start­ing the sea­son 0-6.

Toronto did sack Mitchell once, some­thing that hadn’t hap­pened in his pre­vi­ous three con­tests. But the Stam­ped­ers’ de­fence regis­tered six, in­clud­ing two each for Toronto na­tive Derek Wig­gan and Mike Rose.

Cal­gary con­verted two Toronto turnovers (in­ter­cep­tion, downs) into 10 points (TD, field goal). The Stam­ped­ers came into the game lead­ing the CFL in in­ter­cep­tions (19) and points off turnovers (93) and tied with Win­nipeg for most turnovers forced (35).

Franklin re­placed starter McLeod BethelThom­p­son in the third and marched the Ar­gos 64 yards on six plays, set­ting up Crapigna’s 36-yard field goal at 11:04 to cut Cal­gary’s lead to 20-6.

Franklin fin­ished 12-of-16 pass­ing for 147 yards and a TD. Bethel-Thompson was 12-of-18 pass­ing for just 86 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion af­ter throw­ing 12 TD passes and just two in­ter­cep­tions in his pre­vi­ous five starts.

How­ever, Toronto’s of­fence – which had av­er­aged 418 net yards in the pre­vi­ous five games – strug­gled with con­sis­tency on a night when the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Buf­falo Sabres in NHL ex­hi­bi­tion ac­tion. Also, it was the Ar­gos’ first game here since 41-26 loss to Ed­mon­ton on Aug. 16.

Terry Wil­liams and Ka’Deem Carey scored Cal­gary’s touch­downs. Rene Pare­des added two con­verts and three field goals.

Crapigna ac­counted for Toronto’s scor­ing with three field goals.

Pare­des gave Cal­gary a 20-3 half-time lead with a 17-yard boot at 14:31 of the sec­ond. It came af­ter Toronto mys­te­ri­ously gam­bled (un­suc­cess­fully) on third-and-five, giv­ing the Stam­ped­ers the ball at the Ar­gos’ 53-yard line.

Mitchell me­thod­i­cally marched the Stam­ped­ers to the Toronto 10-yard line be­fore two in­com­ple­tions set up Pare­des’ boot.

Wil­liams opened the scor­ing by con­vert­ing a sec­ond-and-two toss into a 23-yard TD run at 7:45.

CP PHOTO

Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell throws an in­com­plete pass dur­ing a game against the Toronto Arg­onauts in Toronto on Fri­day.

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