Canadian Football League

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Grey Cup Champs win final Canadian Football League Pre-Season game

The Toronto Argonauts coughed up the ball eight times Friday night but still somehow managed to close out the CFL pre-season with a win.
The Argonauts stormed back from a 21-point deficit to score a 34-31 road victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Toronto backup quarterback Michael Bishop tossed a 22-yard touchdown strike to Lal Knight with less than two minutes remaining to give the Argos their first lead of the night and secure the win.
After the game, Argos head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons had high praise for Bishop. But, as expected, Clemons declared Damon Allen as his team's starting quarterback heading into next Saturday's season opener against the B.C. Lions in a rematch of last year's Grey Cup final (CBC Sports, 6:30 p.m. ET).
"Right now, Damon is No. 1 and Michael is a great reliever," said Clemons. "We anticipate trying to get [Bishop] action whenever we can and that may involve even when the game is close and Damon is healthy.
"We need to see [Bishop] grow and you can't watch him grow simply waiting for something to happen to Damon."
The Argos used four quarterbacks in Friday's contest, including Allen, Bishop, Charlie Peterson and Scott Covington.
Allen rushed for one major and found Hakim Hill for a 51-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, while Bishop tossed two second-half touchdowns.
The Ticats also gave four quarterbacks playing time. Veteran Danny McManus started the game and was relieved by Marcus Brady. Ben Sankey, last season's third-stringer, and rookie Jon Beutjer also saw action in the second half.
Tiger-Cats head coach Greg Marshall is leaning toward starting McManus in Hamilton's season opener versus the Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday, but he said Brady remains an option.
"Right now, I think Danny's leading the competition and will start this week," said Marshall. "But Montreal does some different things and Marcus could bring some challenges to their defence."
Both McManus and Brady each tossed one touchdown pass Friday. McManus connected with newcomer Chris Brazzell on a six-yard touchdown in the first, while Brady and Chris Rempel teamed up on a 72-yard score in the third.
Running back Troy Davis also rushed for two touchdowns.
Hamilton is now winless against Toronto over the past 15 contests, including all pre-season, regular season and playoff games The Ticats' last win over the Argos came on Sept. 2, 2002.
The clubs played to a 16-16 draw last weekend in Halifax


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