Canadian Football League News
Argos edge Ticats
Sep 9, 2006, 23:00 GMT
Toronto, ON - Noel Prefontaine converted 3-of-5 field goals to lead the Toronto Argonauts over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 11-9, in the final chapter of the 2006 edition of the Battle of Ontario.
A week after becoming pro football's all-time leading passer, Damon Allen completed 19-of-36 passes for 201 yards but threw three interceptions for the Argonauts (7-5), who won their fifth straight and pulled into a tie with Montreal for the most points in the division with 14.
Jeff Johnson rushed for 56 yards on eight carries, while Allen added 29 yards on the ground on four attempts. Tony Miles caught five balls for 72 yards and Michael Palmer added 56 yards on six receptions.
Jason Maas completed 12-of-24 passes for 141 yards for the Tiger-Cats (2-11), who own the CFL's worst record. Corey Holmes rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries and Maas added 25 yards on five carries. Holmes also caught four passes for 41 yards, while Terry Vaughn caught three passes for 47 yards.
Trailing 9-7, Toronto pulled ahead in the fourth on a pair of Prefontaine kicks. With 10:56 remaining, he nailed a 52-yard single, and with just 34 seconds left, converted a 47-yard field goal to win the game.
Toronto scored the only first-quarter points on a single by Prefontaine with 8:25 left.
The Argonauts' kicker also put up their only points in the second quarter, as Prefontaine first converted a 13-yard field goal with 14:22 remaining.
Hamilton then scored with 4:11 left, as Jamie Boreham kicked a 17-yarder, and with 55 seconds remaining when he added a 14-yarder.
Prefontaine then sailed a 34-yard field goal through the uprights with zeros on the clock to edge the Argos ahead, 7-6, at halftime.
Boreham scored the only third-quarter points with a 46-yarder as time expired for a 9-7 Hamilton lead.
Hamilton has scored one touchdown in their last five games.
Toronto's Mike Clemens got his 54th win, tying him with Leo Cahill for second in the franchise record.
Allen was honored prior to the game after having established the new mark for career passing yards in Monday’s 40-6 win in Hamilton. He now has 70,797 career passing yards, which is 244 more than former Edmonton quarterback Warren Moon's mark. The Hall of Fame pivot in both Canada and the United States was in attendance, as was Damon’s brother, Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen.
Toronto completed a rare four-game sweep against Hamilton this season, something that hasn't been done since 1997. Hamilton hasn't won a season series against Toronto since 2001, which is also the last time the club earned a road win over the Argos at the Rogers Center.
Last year in this home-and- home series, the Argos routed the Ticats at home 48-0 following a 33-30 loss in Hamilton.
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