Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ray, Harris Throw TD Passes to Lead Argos Past Bombers in Rogers Centre Finale

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ray, Harris Throw TD Passes to Lead Argos Past Bombers in Rogers Centre Finale

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Ray, Harris lead Argos past Blue Bombers


TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts are Ricky Ray's team heading into the CFL playoffs.

Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich proclaimed Ray his post-season starter Friday night after the Argos' 21-11 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before 17,511 spectators in their final game at Rogers Centre.

Ray looked sharp in his second straight start, completing 9-of-12 passes for 89 yards and a TD to stake Toronto to an early 9-3 lead in the second quarter before giving way to Trevor Harris. Harris, who started the Argos' first 16 games, was 14-of-21 passing for 210 yards with a touchdown and league-leading 19th interception.

"I felt pretty strongly Ricky was going to be the (playoff) starter but I did want to see what happened tonight," Milanovich said. "I thought he looked sharp."

And anxious to let go. On Toronto's first play from scrimmage, Ray went deep to Kenny Shaw but it was incomplete.

"What that told me was Ricky was itching to throw it deep because it wasn't even the right read," Milanovich said with a chuckle. "It was one of those soft zone looks that I tell you guys about and you wonder why we're checking the ball down.

"That's what he should've done. He was itching to cut one loose deep and it looked good . . . it looked strong."

The game was Toronto's last at Rogers Centre after 27 seasons. The Argos will move into a refurbished BMO Field next season having compiled a 122-96-1 record at the done.

It was a physical affair as receiver Kevin Elliott and defensive backs Isaiah Green and Devin Smith all suffering injuries for Toronto. That's why Milanovich took Ray out early.

"You certainly don't want to lose your quarterback," he said. "You want to play to win . . . but there's a certain responsibility from my chair that you've got to have your quarterback be able to line up next week."

Milanovich also erred on the side of caution with kicker/punter Swayze Waters, opting against having him play after Waters experienced tightness prior to the game. So Justin Palardy handled the kicking duties.

"Swayze could've played," Milanovich said. "I just didn't want to risk him pulling something and being injured next week. …

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