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Pre-Season Recap: Toronto 29, Hamilton 24

HAMILTON -- The newly made-over Battle of Ontario in the CFL kicked off Wednesday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium as Ricky Ray and the Argos marched to a 29-24 win over Henry Burris, Andy Fantuz and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in front of 27,585 fans.

The Argos opened up the scoring halfway through the first quarter when Cory Boyd plunged one-yard for a major.  The touchdown was set up by a pass interference call on Hamilton’s Woodny Turenne in the endzone.

Boyd would follow up with another touchdown run with 13:27 in the second quarter, completing a 9-play, 72-yard drive to put the Argos up 14-0.

That would be the end of Ray’s night as the former Eskimo was taken out of the game and replaced by Jarious Jackson on the first drive of the second quarter.

On the other sideline, the second quarter brought upon Henry Burris’ first appearance as a Tiger-Cat.  His first drive would be marred by penalties as Hamilton struggled to move the ball in the first half.

Burris would get in rhythm however, as he found a wide open Samuel Giguere for a 52-yard gain, leading to a QB sneak major by the former Calgary signal-caller a play later to cut Toronto’s lead to 7.

Burris would follow with a 75-yard touchdown strike to last year’s Most Outstanding Rookie Chris Williams to tie the game at 14 at 8:22 of the second quarter.

The ‘Cats new pivot was poised to build on his club’s momentum but his next drive was stalled when rookie DB Patrick Watkins stepped picked off the misguided toss in the endzone.

After the Argos missed a field goal forcing a conceded single, the Ticats ended the second half with a 24-yard Luca Congi field goal to go into the half up 17-15.

The Argonauts would turn to rookie QB Trevor Harris who would start his CFL career in style, completing a 75-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown strike to running back Gerald Riggs to put the Argos up early in the third quarter 22-17.

Another rookie QB would take the helm for the Double Blue as Zach Collaros took the helm and found receiver Jesse Hubbard in the back of the endzone for a 13-yard major.

The Tiger-Cats would add a late major when Simon Charbonneau-Campeau grabbed a 21-yard touchdown pass to close the Argos lead to 29-24.

Fan Comments
Having Burris and Ray on the Ticats and Argos should bring excitement and execution to the East this year. Was very impressed with Collaros, not so much by Jarious Jackson. The win means nothing, the ability to execute means a lot more.
June 14, 2012 - 5:52pm
The east has gotten better this year
June 14, 2012 - 1:41pm
Some very good new talent on both teams - players we will likely see more of in the coming season. Walker and LeFevour looked good for Ticats and newly-drafted Ticat Charbonneau made a nice grab in the end zone. I wouldn't be surprised to see some close competition between these two teams this season.
June 14, 2012 - 10:20am
yes. finally canadian football is back. was very impressed with burris this game now, despite the one INT. also lefevour caught my eye a bit. he didnt have enough time in the nfl with the bengals, but maybe hes a future guy to look at when burris is gone. either way, pretty excited for the season. one more exhibition game, and then its on to the season. think we push for the division title. GO TIGERCATS
June 14, 2012 - 9:52am
I wouldn't exactly say they got production from Jarious Jackson. But Harris and Collaros, as well as LeFevour for Hamilton, looked good. Nice to see solid performances from three young QBs here, even if it was pre-season.
June 14, 2012 - 12:19am
als rule
typical 1st exhibition game. for toronto a win is a win is a win.
June 13, 2012 - 11:33pm