The Ottawa #redblacks play football against the Toronto #argonauts tonight at #TDstadium at 7pm.Weather is perfect with clear skies expected
20 minutes until game time and the players have returned to the change rooms for a final briefing from the respective coaches.
First touchdown of the night to Toronto's Kevin Elliot. Argonaut's lead the Redblacks 7-0
Toronto's Chad Owen's on the kick return, has run a 75 yard touchdown. Toronto lead 13-0
The redblacks are on the scoreboard for the first time tonight after kicking a 40 yard field goal. Toronto still lead 14-3
Interception by Redblacks! Damaso Munoz gets Ottawa's first touchdown as they close the lead. The score is now 14-10 with two minutes left in the first quarter.
A field goal by the Argonauts and the score is now 17-10. The home crowd is momentarily silenced now that the redblacks are 7 points behind.
There is some controversy here, after the redblacks intercepted on the play. However the decision was overruled and the Argonauts scored a touchdown on the next play. The score is 24-10 Argonauts winning.
Only 30 seconds in the first half and the redblacks have the ball on possession.
Damaso Munoz intercepts once again for the Redblacks and the attacking team take full advantage scoring a field goal and once again closing the gap in the score. Argonauts leading 24-20.
Yet more controversy with Toronto player Tori Gurley catching the ball and the referee calling a touchdown. After review Gurley stepped out of bounds before going into the end zone. The score is still 24-20.
Toronto rush the ball over the line and its a touchdown. The score is now 32-20 Toronto leading. The Redblacks fans are starting to leave even with 9:00 still to go in the game.
TOUCHDOWN! The redblacks are back in the game after Greg Ellingson scores another touchdown. The score is 32-26 with 5:20 left in the game.
Toronto score a field goal from 40 yards out! That means it will make it difficult for the Redblacks to win now.
Redblacks coach Rick Campbell after the game said 'after a loss it's important to take lessons away and before the game we knew they were a tough team and they would punish us if we didn't turn up ready to play. They're too good a team that you can't make too many mistakes or they will make you pay for it and that's what happened'
Coach Campbell said he will continue to work with the offence on making sure they cash in when they have the ball. 'We want to be able to get maximum results out of our offence, an example of that is a few weeks ago in the BC game. We relied too much on our defence and you can't do that against the better sides'.
That's all for tonight, an exciting game at TD place with the Redblacks now needing to look forward to the next three games, which will all be home games at TD place. If they get the right results it could mean that they move to the top of the East division.
A home ground advantage and perfect conditions weren’t enough for the Ottawa Redblacks to overcome the Toronto Argonauts last night at TD place. Almost 25,000 fans saw their beloved Redblacks fall short 35-26, after getting to within 6 points with just over five minutes remaining in the last quarter.
The Argonauts were the first ones to hit the scoreboard, when Kevin Elliot was left all alone in the end zone to complete Quarterback Trevor Harris’ pass.
The home crowd was then silenced into submission when Toronto’s Chad Owens ran 75 yards untouched for a punt return, as the Redblacks defence was starting to look rattled by the Argonauts.
A 40 yard field goal meant that the Redblacks were finally on the board, and the home crowd began to find their voices for the first time since the kick off.
Just two minutes later the crowd were brought alive once again, thanks to a big interception by defender and the team’s leading tackler Damaso Munoz, who ran the ball into the end zone and ended out the first quarter with the score at 14-10 in favour of the Argonauts.
However, the home fans wouldn’t have much to cheer about in the second half, with the visiting side leading all the play first with a field goal, then a touchdown only minutes later.
Despite offensive lineman Sir Vincent Rogers saying that fellow team mate Jason Mass is the best offensive mind in the league, the Redblacks offensive looked exposed in the first half and were unable to break through the Argonauts defensive line.
Greg Ellingson found his way into the end zone to score midway through the third quarter and when another interception to Damaso Munoz resulted in another Redblacks field goal, all of a sudden the home side were looking more and more likely to overrun Toronto, trailing by just four points leading into the final quarter.
All of this was to be undone however when Toronto were able to rush the ball into the end zone with just nine minutes left to play and not even a second touchdown to Greg Ellingson could help the Redblacks to a win.
Redblacks coach Rick Campbell said he would keep working with the offense to make sure they take advantage of opportunities when they have the ball.
“We want to be able to get maximum results out of our offense, we relied too much on our defence and you can’t do that against the better sides” Campbell said.
“We have to give the Argo’s credit, they showed up here and played a good football game and deserved to win tonight”.