Boatmen tame the Tiger-Cats

Big crowd. Big disappointment. With 29,010 packed into Ivor Wynne Stadium Saturday night, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats dropped into last place in the Canadian Football League’s Eastern Division thanks to a 20-2 loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

The setback left the Tabbies with a 2-7 record while the Argos improved to 3-5.

Hamilton travels to Saskatchewan next Friday to face the Roughriders and their 3-5 record. Saskatchewan is coming off a 24-28 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos in the Western Division.

On Saturday night, Hamilton opened the scoring when a Pat Fleming’s punt made it into the endzone. That was the Ticats offensive highlight.

Argonaut quarterback Damon Allen connected with receiver Arland Bruce for 171 receiving yards on the night.

The Argos led 10-1 at the end of the first half, getting a 28-yard field goal from Noel Prefontaine and a Michael Bishop one-yard plunge that produced a converted touchdown.

Allen found Ex-Ticat Tony Miles who raced 24 yards for the major in the third quarter and gave the Argos a 17-1 score. Fleming kicked another single for the Tabbies Three more points were added to the Argos total when Noel Prefontaine drilled his second field goal of the game early in the fourth quarter.

Notes: Ticats defensive backs Tay Cody (shoulder – first quarter) and Sam Young (hamstring – third quarter) left the game with injuries and did not return … Pat Fleming racked up 480 yards on 11 punts, averaging 46.5 yards per punt.