It was the resumption of one of the longest standing rivalries in the Canadian Football League last Saturday evening as the Toronto Argonauts hooked up with the hometown Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The 24,820 fans in attendance were treated to a typical Toronto-Hamilton hard fought game. In the end it was the Tabbies who emerged victorious by a 33-27 count. Hamilton K Paul Osbaldiston got the ’Cats on the board first by way of a 35 yard FG at 4:13 of the opening frame. The Argonauts quickly bounced back as Hamilton native WR Paul Masotti ran under SB Rob Crifo’s option pass for a 56 yard TD at 8:34 of the first quarter. K Terry Baker added the convert to put the Argos up by 4. Baker then added to the lead by booting a 38 yard FG at 12:57, putting the Boatmen up by a converted TD. Hamilton narrowed the gap to one with just :47 seconds remaining in the first quarter when WR Larry Thompson hooked up with QB Anthony Calvillo for a 48 yard TD. The Osbaldiston convert tied the score at 10 after 15:00 minutes of play. The Tabbies then grabbed the lead midway through the second quarter as Osbaldiston connected for his second FG of the game, this one from 22 yards away. However, this lead was short lived as Argonaut newcomer, WR James Cunningham, silenced the enthusiastic Hamilton crowd with a 97 yard punt return TD with 2:24 left to play in the second period. Baker added the convert to make the score 17-10 in favour of the Argonauts. Toronto QB Kent Austin conceded a safety at 13:15 to close out the first half scoring with Toronto on top by a 17-15 margin. The Argonaut defence came out with fire in their eyes to start the second half and quickly turned a Hamilton turnover into a TD when DL Jeff Cummins scooped up a Calvillo fumble and scampered 37 yards for the major score. The Baker convert made the score 24-15. Baker then connected from 44 yards away to put Toronto up by 12 after 3 quarters. Faced with an uphill battle, the Tiger-Cats opened the fourth quarter scoring with a 16 yard Osbaldiston FG at 1:25 to cut the lead to 9. Calvillo then hooked up with his favourite target, WR Earl Winfield, for a 47 yard TD at 10:39. The Osbaldiston convert put the Tabbies to within 2. Hamilton then capped off their comeback at 12:40 when Calvillo teamed up with Lee Knight for a 19 yard strike, putting them ahead by 4. They then closed out the scoring as Marof and Calvillo were successful in converting the two-point convert. The final from Ivor Wynne read, Hamilton 33, Toronto 27.
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