Ray near perfect in Argos’ win
TORONTO—Another near-perfect performance from Ricky Ray ensured the Toronto Argonauts’ impressive start to the CFL season stayed on course.
The veteran quarterback threw three touchdowns, and tied a club record for consecutive completions, as the red-hot Argonauts won their fourth-straight—36-33 over the Edmonton Eskimos yesterday.
“It feels like you’re just seeing everything and trusting everything,” explained Ray, who has thrown for 851 yards and eight touchdowns in Toronto’s last three victories.
“There’s no second-guessing or double-clutching or worrying about anything,” he noted. “You’re just seeing it and throwing it.
“That’s a good feeling.”
Ray’s 17-straight completions in the first half tied the Argonauts’ club record set by Mike Rae back in 1975 in a game against the Montreal Alouettes.
“When you look at each play individually, you feel like you should be able to complete every one,” Ray said.
“We’re just in a good stretch right now,” he added. “There’s going to be some games where I’m not going to complete this many passes.”
Ray came over to Toronto in a lopsided trade with Edmonton prior to last season and was instrumental in helping the Argonauts with the 100th Grey Cup on home turf at Rogers Centre.
“I’ve always thought Ricky was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league,” said Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich.
“He’s in a system that fits him now with play-makers at receiver and at tailback, and now he’s a year into it.”
Back-up quarterback Zach Collaros also threw a TD for Toronto (5-2), which is on its longest winning streak since 2007 and leads the East Division by four points over the second-place Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Eskimos (1-6), meanwhile, sit last in the West and have lost their last three games by a combined nine points.
“The loss is very disappointing. Devastating actually,” admitted Edmonton head coach Kavis Reed.
“It’s a lot about details,” he noted. “A lot of things we’re not doing well . . . I’m not doing well.
“I have to look at myself in the mirror as to how things have turned out.”
Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly was 35-of-46 for 511 yards and three touchdowns as the Eskimos lost their fifth-consecutive game.
“People can talk about the numbers but they should have been higher,” Reilly said.
“I missed a couple of throws. Drives stalled.
“We didn’t play the entire four quarters,” he stressed.
Grant Shaw added four field goals for Edmonton, which was without injured star linebacker and reigning CFL defensive player of the year J.C. Sherritt.