THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO - At least the Toronto Argonauts get to try it again in five days.
Tuesday night's date with the Montreal Alouettes didn't go so well as the Argo offence stalled en route to a 20-9 defeat. The two teams meet again Sunday in Montreal.
“That's the thing about football, every loss feels like the end of the world,'' said Toronto coach Scott Milanovich. “Until you wake up the next morning and you look at it on film and you realize what you could have done better. And you realize what you have."
“I think we're fortunate that we play them again in five days.''
There is plenty to work on.
Zach Collaros, making his second start at quarterback for the injured Ricky Ray, completed 21 of 32 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted and gave up a fumble that turned into a Montreal touchdown.
Toronto managed just one point from its first two drives, despite getting to Montreal's 23 and 13 yard line thanks to Noel Prefontaine's missed 30-yard field goal and a flubbed snap on a 20-year field goal attempt.
“We left a lot of plays out there, a lot of completions,'' said Collaros.
“You have to give them credit,'' Milanovich said of the Als. “But we've got to find a way to run the ball better, there's no doubt about it.''
Jason Barnes dropped a touchdown pass in the first quarter. Fortunately John Chiles made his catch one play later for a 8-0 Toronto lead.
Chad Owens had a rough night, needing treatment twice after hurting his neck and taking a shot to the ribs.
Asked which hurt the most, the Flying Hawaiian paused between munches on a slice of pizza to say: “The loss hurts the most.''
“We just didn't play well enough offensively to win,'' said Milanovich, who refused to blame his quarterback.
Milanovich said he thought his defence did enough for the team to win. Still there were too many missed tackles.
Asked if Collaros will start in Montreal, the coach replied: “I'm feeling that way right now. I still have to see the tape but I think Zach's got a good future and we stand behind him.''
Toronto was penalized 11 times for 76 yards. Montreal wasn't any better, called eight times for 84 yards.
“Hats off to them,'' Collaros said of the Als. “They played a good game. They played better than us, made more plays than us.''
- With files/edits from CFL.ca