The way home teams have been losing games this year, many were wondering when the Argonauts would finally find their first home win of the season. Well, fortunately for them it came when a disjointed Alouette squad came to town. Things are getting tense for the Alouettes as offense has been a struggle all year. One of these futile periods was to end in this game.
The Argonauts punted on their first drive of the game. Boris Bede got a single off of a missed field goal on the Alouettes’ opening drive for a 1-0 lead very early on.
Montreal were also able to find the game’s first major score later in the opening quarter, Brandon Rutley punched it in from a yard out for a touchdown. After the convert by Boris Bede the score was 8-0 Alouettes.
Once again, the Argos trailed early in their new home, but this time they would not be phased by their deficit as Ricky Ray aired out a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw. After the convert kick by Lirim Hajrullahu the gap was closed to just a single point, with the score standing at 8-7. Boris Bede would later score a single to make the score 9-7.
The Alouettes later gave up a touchdown to Cody Fajaro as he lifted a four-yard pass to Anthony Coombs. The 13-9 score soon became 14-9 as the Argos finally had some positive momentum at their new home.
Ricky Ray would help the Argonauts find the end zone again, finding Devon Wylie on a five-yard touchdown pass very late in the second quarter. It was a debut touchdown for Wylie to make the score 20-9. After the convert the score was 21-9 to the Argonauts as they took a sizable lead into the locker rooms at half time.
Once again the Montreal Alouettes didn’t even have ten points by half time. They needed some sort of spark to keep their struggling offense afloat. They later found a spark when Kevin Glenn found Duron Carter on a spectacular 61-yard catch and run play for the touchdown. After the Bede convert the score was now 21-16 in favour of the Argonauts.
The Alouettes were able to force a turnover from the Argos on their next possession. Vaughn Martin scooped up the loose ball and Montreal looked to be heading towards more points. However, once in the Toronto red zone, Kevin Glenn threw a costly interception to TJ Heath who returned 55-yards and was only stopped from turning it into a pick six by Glenn himself, who was able to force him out of bounds.
Hajrullahu would later add a single point, via a missed field goal, to bring the score up to 22-16. The Argonauts forced Montreal to punt on their next possession to take them into the fourth quarter.
Ricky Ray found Phil Bates on a 13-yard touchdown pass to begin the final quarter and give the Argos a 28-16 lead. The Argonauts went for two points and were successful, Kenny Williams made the catch for a 30-16 lead.
Ricky Ray appeared to injure his right knee just over five minutes into the quarter, the team will have to wait and see the damage on their star quarterback. Later, a single conceded by Montreal rounded out the scoring at 30-17. The Alouettes made it to the Argos’ red zone late on, but their offence failed to turn in any more points.
For the Argonauts, this was the all important first win at BMO Field that the fans had been craving after home losses to Hamilton and Ottawa. Ricky Ray was phenomenal, going 29/34 for 235-yards and three touchdown passes and with the Kenny Shaw touchdown pass early in the second quarter, Ricky Ray passed CFL legend Damon Allen for second on the Argonauts’ all time touchdown pass list – still trailing Condrgedge Holloway in that category.
The Alouettes are a team still reeling, who seem disjointed at times. They must find a way to rally together or risk their season falling off the rails. Their offensive play must improve to keep them in games.
The Alouettes head out to Saskatchewan to play the Roughriders July 29 at 7:00pm EST. The Argonauts head to the Canadian capital city of Ottawa to play the Redblacks on July 31 at 7:30pm.