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Argos taking home game against Calgary on the road to Tim Hortons Field
Home, it seems, is wherever Scott Milanovich and the Toronto Argonauts are told they can hang their helmets.
Toronto hosts the Calgary Stampeders at Tim Hortons Field on Saturday. The Argos were forced from Rogers Centre due to the Toronto Blue Jays’ participation in the baseball playoffs.
It will mark the third time this year the Argos will play a “home” game on the road. They opened the season beating Edmonton 26-11 in Fort McMurray, Alta., after the Pan Am Games and scheduling issues at Rogers Centre prevented them from staging it in Toronto.
A potential scheduling conflict with the baseball playoffs also resulted in the Argos relocating their Oct. 6 home game to Ottawa, a game they won 38-35.
This season is Toronto’s last at Rogers Centre. The club will play at a refurbished BMO Field next year.
Yet despite all the distractions, Milanovich — the CFL’s coach of the year in 2012 after guiding Toronto to victory in the 100th Grey Cup — has done a masterful job of keeping his team focused on football. His message to the players has been consistent: Worry about what they can control, which is doing whatever is required on the field to win games.
And the Argos have taken it to heart. Toronto (9-5) is tied atop the East Division standings with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but must finish ahead of its arch rival to secure first after dropping the season series.
Toronto can clinch a playoff berth with a win or tie against Calgary or if B.C. and Montreal both lose or tie their games.
Toronto showed a ground attack versus Montreal, with former Alouette Brandon Whitaker rushing for 99 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries to anchor the Argos’ third straight win. Starter Trevor Harris had two TD strikes to boost his league-leading total to 31 but finished with just 182 yards passing with a pair of interceptions.
Saturday’s matchup is an interesting one as Calgary’s defence has allowed a league-low three rushing TDs all season and is ranked second in fewest points allowed (16.7 per game). Toronto leads the CFL in TD passes (33) and stands second in scoring (24.6 per game).
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