CFL: Cleo Lemon Leads Argonauts to Victory Over Stampeders

Imtiaz FerdousCorrespondent IIJuly 15, 2010

Cleo Lemon was solid going 18 for 37 with one interception and no touchdowns as the Toronto Argonauts beat the Calgary Stampeders 24-27. This is the first time in seven tries that the Argonauts have beaten the Stampeders.

The Argonauts now sit atop the Eastern division with a 2-1 record, but expect this to be short lived if either the Alouettes or Blue Bombers (who play the winless Hamilton Tiger Cats) win this week.

The Argonauts have shown great offense as the key to their success early on in the season, but their defense needs to improve if they are going to continue their early season success. The Argonauts also admitted they made some crucial errors and were lucky to get the win—if they hadn't made these errors, they would have dominated.

The Stampeders had been undefeated this season, and now that they've lost, the only remaining undefeated team is the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Stampeders lost the game more than the Argonauts won as they allowed three safeties (one shy of the CFL record). 

It was a thrilling ending as the Argonauts, with just less than two minutes to go, scored a touchdown and got the two point conversion for the win. The Stampeders were able to get an interception thrown by Henry Burris overturned but then turned the ball over on downs thus ending the game.

This game is the first time that Grant Shaw missed a field goal. He missed three, all from beyond 50 yards. The game was an exciting one to watch especially because of the late game heroics of Cleo Lemon. 

Will the Argonauts finally make it to the playoffs, or (dare we dream?) a home playoff game? Only time will tell, I certainly don't know.