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Argos cruise to season-opening win behind Harris

Jun 28, 2015 - 1:06 AM Fort McMurray, AB (Sports Network) - Trevor Harris broke a 10-10 tie with a short touchdown pass to Vidal Hazelton midway through the third quarter, and the Toronto Argonauts, led by their backup quarterback, ran to a 26-11 victory in their 2015 season debut against the Edmonton Eskimos at SMS Equipment Stadium at Shell Place.

Harris, who is filling in for regular starter Ricky Ray, had a sensational outing for the Argos (1-0) in just his second CFL start ever. Harris threw for three touchdowns and completed an outstanding 24-of-27 through the air for 347 yards.

Ray, who led the league last season with 4,595 passing yards and 28 TDs, is on the six-game injured list after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

A first-quarter touchdown pass from Edmonton (0-1) quarterback Mike Reilly to Kenny Stafford that went for 26 yards put the Eskimos up for a short period of time, 7-3. But Harris erased that deficit on his next attempt, hitting Brandon Whitaker for a 57-yard scoring strike.

Reilly closed out the contest 16-of-28 for 170 yards and the one touchdown pass.

Whitaker finished as the game's leading rusher, toting the ball 14 times for 117 yards. He added the one reception for the 57-yard major to his resume.

Chad Owens had a game-high 99 receiving yards on seven catches for the Argos. Last year's receiving leader, Adarius Bowman (112 catches, 1,456 yards), hauled in six receptions for 61 yards for Edmonton.

Toronto outscored the Eskimos in the second half, 16-1.

With the Toronto Blue Jays playing at the Rogers Centre, and FIFA Women's World Cup action at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, the teams met at Fort McMurray for the contest.