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Argos defeat RedBlacks, remain in playoff contention

Nov 8, 2014 - 5:16 AM Toronto, ON ( - Trevor Harris threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns as the Toronto Argonauts kept their postseason hopes alive with a 23-5 victory over the Ottawa RedBlacks at the Rogers Centre.

Harris started in place of Ricky Ray, who was sidelined after suffering a concussion last weekend. Harris played well for Toronto (8-10), completing 26-of-36 pass attempts, although he was intercepted once. John Chiles caught six passes for 101 yards and a score.

Toronto now needs Hamilton to lose tomorrow against Montreal to earn a spot in the playoffs.

"This is a unique situation," Toronto coach Scott Milanovich said. "We will be cheering hard for Montreal, but our coaching staff has to start preparing for two possible opponents."

Ottawa (2-16) will not be competing beyond Friday's regular-season finale. Henry Burris started the game, but completed only 7-of-13 pass attempts for 94 yards and an interception. Danny O'Brien replaced him and completed 13-of-25 attempts for 161 yards and an interception.

"People can see we're starting to come together as a team," Burris said, although he acknowledged there is plenty of room for improvement for the expansion RedBlacks next season. "We can't make any excuses. When we take the field, we get paid to win games."

Toronto scored two majors in the first quarter. The first came on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Chiles and the second was a three-yard scoring strike from Harris to Chad Owens.

Swayze Waters connected on field goals of 39 and 22 yards in the second quarter to boost the Argonauts to a 20-0 lead before halftime.

Brett Maher kicked a single on the opening kickoff of the second half, giving Ottawa its first points of the contest. He added another single, this time on a 54-yard punt, later on in the period.

Maher continued to be the only player to post points for Ottawa, drilling a 22-yard fie4ld goal early in the fourth quarter.

Waters added to the Argonauts' lead with a 45-yard field goal midway through the final frame.

Game Notes

Burris is the only quarterback in the CFL to start all 18 games this season ... Ottawa was winless on the road (0-9) this season ... Steve Slaton was the leading rusher in the contest with 27 yards on seven carries for Toronto ... Jason Barnes and Owens each had six receptions ... Khalil Paden led Ottawa with 89 yards on two catches ... Nick Rosamonda had two of Toronto's three sacks.