Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 13)

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The CFL finished their 13th week leaving six more games in the regular season and for once nothing is assumed. The playoff race is one of the closest it has been in a while as both conferences will be battling down to the wire. At the top of the Eastern Conference the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going game for game with the Montreal Alouettes as they continue to battle for first place and the first round bye in the playoffs. Meanwhile at the bottom Hamilton is trying to stave off the Argos who are still in the hunt and will control their own destiny with games against the Ti-Cats still to come. In the Western Conference the top spot is again being fought over between the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders as they both look for the top spot and that important first round bye. At the bottom of the West the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders are both in a tight battle for to keep a conference berth and to prevent a crossover berth by the Argos. The next six weeks will be some of the most important games for these teams as everything is still up for grabs. It is yet another fun year in CFL football and the end of the season will be a great race between all eight teams in the CFL.

The Boatmen Barely Keep Afloat

TOR 25 – 24 WPG

The Toronto Argonauts have had a very disappointing season as they have only managed to earn 2 wins before week 13. They were expected to be much better this year but have not been able to improve their team but the recovery of Stephen Jyles has given the Argos a spark. Meanwhile the Bombers have been the exact opposite of the Argos as they have been the biggest surprise this season going from worst to first. The Bombers have ridden their Swaggerville defence and the play of Buck Pierce to the best record in the East and the first place spot over Montreal. In week 13 the Bombers and Boatman played one of the strangest games in the CFL that changed the face of the playoff race. The game started in an all too familiar manner for the Argos as the first play from scrimmage for the Boatmen was an interception thrown by Stephen Jyles (11/20, 88 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT) that was returned for a TD putting the Bombers up 7-0. The Argos then began to lean on the ground game as Cory Boyd (12 rsh, 109 yds, 0 TD, 0 F) led the Argonauts march downfield and Stephen Jyles finished it off with a running TD. The Argos then added another TD in the second quarter to go up 15-7. The Bombers looked to respond before the half as they leaned on Fred Reid (8 rsh, 44 yds, 0 TD, 0 F) until he fumbled the ball at the three yard line. The strange game then started as the fumbled ball was recovered in the endzone by offensive lineman Glen January for the Bombers TD. After a field goal for the Bombers to begin the second half Winnipeg looked to get a TD on their second possession of the half but an Alex Brink (10/13, 121 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT), who replaced Buck Pierce after Pierce left with an injury, throw was caught and fumbled by Terrence Edwards (3 rec, 43 yds, 0 TD). The fumble was caught on a bounce by Jeremy Unertl (5 tkl, 0 sck, 0 INT, 1 Frec) who then latteralled the ball to Evan McCollough (2 tkl, 0 sck, 0 INT, 1 TD) who brought it in for a TD. The strange night was just getting started as the Argos were up 22-17 and then blocked a punt that was recovered by the Bombers but down in the endzone for a safety putting the Argos up 24-17. The Bombers then came back and scored a TD with a spectacular one-handed catch by Clarence Denmark (8 rec, 80 yds, 1 TD). This tied the game at 24 in the fourth quarter. The Argos had the opportunity to win the game with a field goal late in the game but Noel Prefontaine (0/1 FG, 0 lng, 3/3 XP,  2 sgl, 5 pts) hit the upright launching the ball into the field of play ending the chance of a single point. The referees stated that a whistle had blown in the stands and that the kick would be redone and with the re-kick the Argos were able to get the single point and the win. The Argos got their third win of the season in a strange way but still got the win and will remain at home to face the Hamilton Tiger Cats as they look to build on the win and make a late run at the playoffs. The Bombers suffered a lot more than just a loss as Fred Reid was injured in the game and will be out for the rest of the season. The Bombers will try to recover from the injury and the loss as they will face their toughest competition for the top spot in the East in Montreal.

Shootout Down East

HAM 55 – 36 CGY

The CFL travelled to Moncton, New Brunswick for the second time as they continued their Touchdown Atlantic series. This series is a showcase of CFL football to the East Coast that is the one region left out of the CFL so far. For many this game is a test to see if the East Coast can handle a CFL franchise. With the expansion of the CFL to 9 teams next year as Ottawa returns the CFL is most likely looking to make the league an even 10 teams once Ottawa is engrained in the league. The expansion of the CFL is difficult as there are few places that can support a franchise but the East Coast could be the place to go as they are the only region in Canada without a professional team in any sport. In 2011 the East Coasters showed their support as the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Calgary Stampeders went down east to give them a taste of what might be coming. The CFL season was still underway and so the Stamps and Ti-Cats were both playing for something big as the Stamps were looking to gain on the Edmonton Eskimos for first in the West and the Ti-Cats were looking to keep their 3rd spot in the East and a playoff berth. Both defences were roughed up in this game as the Stamps opened the scoring with a Henry Burris (13/23, 177 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT) pass and the Ti-Cats answered using Marcus Thigpen (6 rec, 139 yds, 2 TD) to get into range for Avon Cobourne (15 rsh, 84 yds, 1 TD, 0 F) to punch it in. Burris continued his assault on the Ti-Cats secondary throwing for a second TD in the second quarter but was answered with Kevin Glenn (16/23, 276 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT) as the Ti-Cats used a trick play to get into range for Porter to punch it in. The turning point came at the end of the second half as the Stamps fumbled their kickoff return giving the ball to the Ti-Cats inside the 20. With the field position Hamilton threw another TD to Thigpen who had an amazing game. At the half the Ti-Cats were up 27-14 as the Stamps took the ball to start the second half. With their first drive Stamps handed the ball to LaMarcus Coker (1 rsh, 75 yds, 1 TD, 0 F) who ran the ball in form 75 yards out as the Stamps closed the gap. The Ti-Cats and Marcus Thigpen continued his assault on the Stamps however as he scored another receiving TD in his first game starting at the position. Thigpen was in the nightmares of the Stamps as he continued to make plays as he returned a missed Field Goal for a TD putting the Ti-Cats up 41-21 late in the third quarter. The Ti-Cats did not look back after the return as the Stamps began to lose ground in the fourth quarter. The Stamps scored more TDs but so did the Ti-Cats. Hamilton exploded for 55 points in the game as the Stamps tried to keep up but could only manage 36. The Ti-Cats took the win and improved to 6-6 as they look to pull away from the Argos next week when they travel down the QEW to Toronto. The Stamps will take on a hot Saskatchewan team as they look to keep up with the Eskies and take over the first place spot in the West.

Other Scores:

MTL 34 – 21 EDM

BC 42 – 5 SSK

POW Awards

Brandon Whitaker, RB (Offensive POW)

20 rsh

113 yds

1 TD

0 F

 

Jovon Johnson, DB (Defensive POW)

3 tkl

0 sck

2 INT

1 TD

0 FF

 

Marcus Thigpen, KR (Special Teams POW)

3 PR

17 yds

1 FGret

118 yds

1 TD

 

Ricky Foley, DL (Canadian POW)

6 tkl

2 sck

0 INT

0 FF

 

Standings

Western Conference

1. Edmonton Eskimos (7-5)

2. Calgary Stampeders (7-5)

3. B.C. Lions (6-6)

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-8)

 

Eastern Conference:

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8-4)

2. Montreal Alouettes (7-5)

3. Hamilton Tiger Cats (6-6)

4. Toronto Argonauts (3-9)

 

Next Week:

Montreal Alouettes vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Fri. Sept. 30th; 7:30 pm)

 

Edmonton Eskimos vs. B.C. Lions (Fri. Sept. 30th; 10:30 pm)

 

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders (Sat. Oct. 1st; 4:00 pm)

 

Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts (Sat. Oct. 1st; 7:00 pm)

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