Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Argonauts Have a Lot Riding on Game against Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Argonauts Have a Lot Riding on Game against Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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Argos have a lot riding on game versus Ticats

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The Toronto Argonauts have plenty riding on Friday night's game with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Most importantly, a win keeps Toronto (5-8) in contention to finish first in the East Division and secure home-field advantage for the conference final. Hamilton (6-7) currently sits atop the standings, two points ahead of the Argos and Montreal Alouettes (5-8).

Toronto would also even the season series 1-1, making the Oct. 25 contest at Rogers Centre a pivotal one for both as head-to-head record determines the order of finish in the event of a tie.

Toronto would not only fall four points behind Hamilton with a loss, but also lose the season series and its control on finishing first in the division. The Argos' focus then, realistically, would have to shift to Montreal and winning their two remaining two games versus the Als to secure second and home field for the East semifinal.

Friday's contest has meaning for the Ticats but even with a loss they'd maintain a share of first with a game left against Toronto. And with two games remaining against Ottawa and another versus Montreal, Hamilton would still control its ability to finish first.

The Ticats will come into Rogers Centre on a nice roll, having won four straight and five-of-six games with quarterback Zach Collaros. He missed five starts with concussion-like symptoms before returning to lead Hamilton past Toronto 13-12 on Sept. 1 in the first-ever game at Tim Hortons Field.

Hamilton is 4-0 at the new venue.

Collaros was 27-of-38 passing for 317 yards and a touchdown against Toronto. But more importantly, the Ticats' offence converted 15-of-29 tries on second down (51.7 per cent).

That allowed Hamilton to control the play as they had the ball for a whopping 37 minutes 54 seconds. Toronto made just three-of-18 second-down chances and mustered only 142 net offensive yards as Ricky Ray was 16-of-29 passing for 142 yards with a TD and interception.

However, Toronto was minus slotback Chad Owens, who has played just six games due to injuries. Owens leads the CFL in receiving yards (109) and catches (8.7) per game.

Toronto has won two straight and over its last three games has averaged 35. …

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