The Toronto Argonauts have had their fair share of ups and downs this season. Early injuries and recurring struggles on offence made reaching the playoffs seem like a far stretch.
However, the Argos were able to end their streak of not making the post-season with a victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, ultimately eliminating them from the playoffs. Head coach Jim Barker was thrilled with the victory but said it did not come easy. He told reporters that “The great thing was they earned their way in. They didn’t wait for somebody else to lose.” Argos running back Cory Boyd made a 66-yard catch for a touchdown and Cleo Lemon also ran in for a touchdown. Boyd’s stellar season continued as he ran for 86 yards on 11 carries, bringing his season-leading rushing total to 1291 yards.
Chad Owens returned a missed field goal for a touchdown. It was Owens’ fourth return for a touchdown this season. He commented, “I was licking my chops. I kind of anticipated it being short; I just wanted to hesitate a second to let the blockers get around and do their job and I just ran. It was pretty simple.”
The Argos are currently in third in the East, and two points behind Hamilton for second.