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Circus catch leads Argos past Ticats in pre-season tilt

Dakota Prukop's 43-yard touchdown pass to Cole Watson in the fourth quarter led the Toronto Argonauts to a 30-23 exhibition win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night.

TD caps 8-play, 77-yard rally to erase Hamilton lead

Toronto Argonauts' Cole Watson stretches to make a touchdown catch during the fourth quarter to put his team ahead of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during a pre-season game in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday. (Peter Power/Canadian Press)

Dakota Prukop's 43-yard touchdown pass to Cole Watson in the fourth quarter led the Toronto Argonauts to a 30-23 exhibition win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night.

Watson's circus catch capped an eight-play, 77-yard march at 7:08 and erased a 23-20 Hamilton advantage at Tim Hortons Field. The attendance wasn't announced.

Donald De La Haye's 16-yard field goal at 13:27 put Toronto (2-0) ahead 30-23. Frankie Williams' 58-yard kickoff return put Hamilton (1-1) at the Argos' 43-yard line with 1:22 remaining but Hayden Moore's third-down completion was three yards short of a first down with 44 seconds to play, resulting in a turnover on downs.

Lirim Hajrullahu's 43-yard field goal at 5:55 of the third put Hamilton ahead 23-20.

The contest was the final audition for Toronto and Hamilton players as CFL clubs must make their final roster cuts by 10 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Hamilton kicks off the '19 regular season hosting the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday night. Toronto opens its campaign at BMO Field against the Ticats on June 22.

Alouettes, Redblacks play to tie

Montreal Alouettes quarterbacks Antonio Pipkin and Vernon Adams Jr., each threw a touchdown, while Ottawa Redblacks pivots Will Arndt and Danny Collins threw for over 100 yards and an interception apiece in a 20-20 tie in exhibition play.

It took the Alouettes only 90 seconds to score their first touchdown of the night. Pipkin threw a 72-yard touchdown pass on the third play of his game-opening drive. About four minutes later, Montreal's Boris Bede kicked a single following a missed 47-yard field goal.

The Redblacks scored a touchdown of their own thanks to an Arndt quarterback sneak with over six minutes to play in the first quarter. But his team couldn't complete a two-point conversion, leaving the Redblacks down 8-6.

Bede was luckier on his second field-goal attempt of the day, making it from 26 yards out. Ottawa's Jose Maltos responded with one of his own in the quarter.

Adams Jr., stepped in as quarterback in the second quarter and wasted no time putting points on the board. He completed a two-play, 75-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Quan Bray, making the score 18-9 with less than two minutes to play before halftime.

The Alouettes and Redblacks then traded singles before Maltos scored another field with 8:45 to go in the contest.

The Redblacks took the lead less than a minute later when Randall Evans forced a fumble off a sack of Alouettes quarterback Jeff Mathews. Redblacks linebacker Jonathan Newsome then scooped the ball and ran it back 53 yards for the go-ahead score.

Bombers rally in 4th for win over Roughriders

Zach Collaros threw two touchdown passes, but it was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers that rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Saskatchewan Roughriders 35-29 in the final pre-season game for both teams.

Collaros played the entire first half for the Riders and completed 10-of-15 pass attempts for 163 yards. He connected with Naaman Roosevelt on a 22-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, a score that gave the Riders an 8-1 lead.

Collaros ended his night with an eight-yard touchdown strike to Shaq Evans.

The teams were tied 14-14 at halftime.

Collaros' counterpart Matt Nichols had a solid performance as well in two quarters of action. He tossed one touchdown — an 86-yard pass-and-run to Lucky Whitehead — and completed 7-of-14 pass attempts for 163 yards.

Roosevelt caught four passes for 67 yards to lead the Riders. Saskatchewan William Powell had 55 yards rushing on seven carries.

Whitehead produced 106 yards on two receptions. Winnipeg running back Andrew Harris carried the ball seven times for 23 yards.

Backup quarterback Cody Fajardo scored for Saskatchewan on a one-yard run. Rookie quarterback Isaac Harker threw a three-yard touchdown to fellow freshman Paul McRoberts in the fourth quarter. McRoberts hauled in four passes for 87 yards.

Bombers pivot Bryan Bennett hooked up with Kenny Walker on a pretty 86-yard pass-and-run for a touchdown, also in the fourth quarter. And Sean McGuire scored on a QB sneak with 2:15 to play to put Winnipeg ahead for good.