TORONTO (CFL.ca) – The Argonauts finished the pre-season undefeated as they topped the Alouettes 25-20 in front of 36,214 at Rogers Centre. The crowd was primarily made up of school children who attended the rare afternoon contest as a part of a promotion between the Argos and local school boards.
Ricky Ray started the game under centre for the Argos but got off to a tough start. His first pass, intended for running back Cory Boyd, was tipped at the line and intercepted by former BC Lions defensive tackle Aaron Hunt.
Ray would go two-and-out on the next drive, forcing Toronto to punt from deep in their own end of the field.
Montreal, led by Anthony Calvillo, would capitalize engineering a two-play touchdown drive, aided by a major foul penalty and capped off by a Brandon Whitaker 16-yard scamper into the endzone to take an early 7-0 lead.
Ray’s struggles would continue on the next drive after an errant pass intended for WR Chandler Williams sailed into the hands on veteran Als DB Billy Parker who made an acrobatic play on the ball.
Both Ray and Calvillo would leave the game at the end of the first quarter, allowing their backups to get valuable reps.