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We continue our 2019 season review with the game against the Argonauts in Moncton for the Touchdown Atlantic!
Sunday August 25 2019,
Final score : 22-28
On August 25, the CFL is making its return in Moncton for the 2019 edition of Touchdown Atlantic with a key matchup featuring one of the league’s most intense rivalries. The Toronto Argonauts are hosting the Montreal Alouettes and for another battle that will keep the crowd on the edge of their seats…
Toronto hasn’t had an exceptional run so far: in eight regular-season games, they’ve only had one win. However, our neighbours from the 6 have slowly but surely been showing more consistency and our men should not take this battle lightly.
The Argos impose themselves from the get-go, and manage to push through our defence. Toronto obtains an early advantage of 3-0 in the first quarter with a 39-yard field goal from Crapigna. They keep the momentum going with another field goal, a touchdown and a one-point convert kick, giving them a 16-0 lead more than halfway through the second quarter. It doesn’t take long before our men turn the ship around with a sneak play that would end up with Adams punching in the ball from the one-yard line. The gap has been reduced, but our Als are still trailing behind 16-6 heading into the break.
Just like the week before in Calgary, this second half will be one for the books. The third quarter begins auspiciously for the Als, as Adams completes a pass to Lewis that ends up in a 65-yard touchdown, followed by a successful 2-point convert kick by Bede. 16-13… we’re climbing our way up.
But what ensues, also known as the Play of the Year, or the Moncton Special, will remain engraved in our memories forever. With less than three minutes remaining, Vernon Adams get the ball from Kristan Matte, which he then passes to Jeremiah Johnson at his left. DeVier Posey, running in the opposite direction, gets handed the ball, which he then throws back to our QB. VA makes a flawless pass to Quan Bray, already in the end zone, who seals the deal, a mere 34 yards later. The Argos retaliate quickly with a touchdown to get their reclaim their lead. It’s a see-saw matchup. We manage to make our way back to the top with a 25-yard touchdown by running back Jeremiah in the first few moments of the fourth quarter.
28-22 Alouettes. We maintain our lead for the rest of the game, despite a last-minute offensive push from our Ontarian rivals, which is quickly shut down by defensive back Greg Reid. “I gave it my all. The coach called quite a play, but I really gave all that I had,” said Reid to explain his tenacity on that last play.
It’s a second consecutive win on the road for our Als and with playoffs coming up, we must keep the streak going.
Next up after a well-deserved bye-week: the BC Lions at home!