Football

Ticats drop Argos in CFL exhibition tilt

Tony Miles continues to impress for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The rookie receiver hauled in two long touchdown catches to help the Ticats dismantle the Toronto Argonauts 37-17 in the final CFL exhibition game for both teams Friday night in London, Ont.

Miles caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Danny McManus to open the scoring in the first quarter, then collected in a 95-yard bomb from fellow first-year player Pete Gonzalez in the third to put Hamilton ahead 34-3.

Miles finished with four receptions for 172 yards.

Hamilton took control of the game early, building a 24-0 first-quarter lead, including 17 points off three turnovers.

Brandon Hamilton returned an interception 73 yards for a touchdown and Duane Forde had the other Ticat major. Paul Osbaldiston kicked four converts and three field goals.

Miles, who didn't play last season after being released during training camp by the NFL's St. Louis Rams, is getting a reputation as a long target. He also had a had a 56-yard TD catch in the Ticats' 37-26 exhibition loss to Montreal last week.

Toronto struggled offensively with just 198 total yards. Marcelous (Archie) Turner had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third and Stanley Jackson connected with Andrew English with a 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth.

Noel Prefontaine had a field goal and two converts for Toronto.

The game marked the first time that former Ticats Joe Montford, Mike Morreale and Clifford Ivory faced their former team since signing with Toronto as free agents during the off-season.

Toronto opens the CFL regular season Friday night in Winnipeg, while Hamilton hosts B.C. on Saturday.

A sellout crowd of 9,178 watched the game at TD Waterhouse Stadium at the University of Western Ontario.