TORONTO -- We have passed the midway point of the season and the road to the playoffs is officially underway.
On Friday night, the Eskimos were unable to salvage a split in their home-and-home series with their Alberta rivals, dropping a 22-12 decision to the Calgary Stampeders.
Saturday afternoon saw the Hamilton Tiger-catspay homage to the old Hamilton Flying Wildcats as they faced the BC Lions in Guelph. Hamilton came out strong and finished strong as well, earning a 29-37 victory.
Sunday afternoon brought a double header to the table, one that kicked off with the Argos visiting the Alouettes trying to avenge their loss in Week 10. As rookie quarterbacks Tanner Marsh and Zach Collaros battled it out, Toronto came up on top with a score of 37-30 in a game that came down to the very last play.
Following that game was the Banjo Bowl in Winnipeg, as the Bombers hosted the Riders in hopes of taking down the league's top team. In the end, Winnipeg's Justin Goltz came up on top as he lead the Bombers to a 25-13 win over the Roughriders.
Here's how the action went down.
Calgary 22, Edmonton 12
Jon Cornish led his team on the ground and in receiving, while Rene Paredes connected on five field goals as the Calgary Stampeders battled their way to a 22-12 win over the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
Cornish scored his team's lone touchdown in the first quarter off a turnover, while Paredes hit from 42 yards out late in the fourth to seal the deal for the Stamps, securing a home-and-home sweep of the Eskimos in Head Coach John Hufnagel's 100th career game.
The dual-threat back finished the night with 14 rushes and six catches for 177 yards from scrimmage, while Bo Levi Mitchell played the role of game manager in just his second career start to complement a stout defensive performance.
Hamilton 37, BC 29
Henry Burris passed for 375 yards and four touchdowns as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats earned a split in their mini-series with the BC Lions with a 37-29 win Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.
Burris had three 100-yard receivers as Andy Fantuz, CJ Gable and Greg Ellingson combined for 331 yards and had all four of Hamilton's scores.
In honour of their 1943 Grey Champion Hamilton Flying Wildcats, the home team was wearing retro red uniforms with white numbers and black and white stripes down the shoulders and sleeves.
Toronto 37, Montreal 30
Zach Collaros completed 30 of his 43 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, as the Argonauts overcame a 15-point third quarter deficit to down the Montreal Alouettes 37-30.
Collaros also impressed on the ground, rushing five times for 42 yards and another touchdown.
Sunday’s action marked the second game in as many weeks between the two East Division rivals, and the third of four meetings on the season.
Winnipeg 25, Saskatchewan 13
Will Ford's 98-yard kickoff return touchdown sparked a Bombers squad who took the first Banjo Bowl at Investors Group Field 25-13 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in front of a sell-out crowd.
Goltz finished a modest 8 for 17 for 129 yards but managed game well and had 56 yards on the ground along with the two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Bombers defence was simply dominant as they held Darian Durant and the potent Roughriders offence in check for most of the game, not giving up a touchdown and recording eight quarterback sacks.