Ronald Flemons (R) and Kevin Huntley sandwiched Calgary's Kevin Glenn Sunday night.TORONTO—Home-field advantage. It's a term rarely used around the Toronto Argonauts, who tied Winnipeg for the CFL's worst home record (4-5) this season and were the only team with a better record on the road (5-4). The Rogers Centre's usually less than half-full, and official attendances this year have ranged from a low of 20,682 for their Week 2 game against Calgary to a high of just 27,283 in Week 19 against Hamilton (and many of those fans wore Ticats' black-and-gold). Even the Argos' first-round playoff win over Edmonton only saw 25,792 turn out. Everything was different Sunday, though; a crowd of 53,208 packed the Rogers Centre to capacity, and they proved to be not just rabid CFL fans, but rabid Argonauts fans. The Argos had a real home-field advantage for once, and some of their biggest on-field stars on the day, the defensive linemen, credited the off-field stars in the stands for their 35-22 victory.
Defensive lineman Ronald Flemons, once famed for his goal-line fumble but more recently known for his presence on an imposing Argonauts' line, had two tackles, one of Toronto's two sacks on the night and several pressures of Stampeders' quarterback Kevin Glenn. Glenn finished the night with just 14 completions on 27 attempts for just 222 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, and much of that was thanks to the Toronto defensive line's consistent pressure on him. After the game, Flemons said it was the crowd that fired the defence up, though.
"It was amazing," he said. "It was so loud. It was so special. It was just awesome."
Flemons said the crowd put the Argos over the top and made life difficult for the Stampeders, who struggled offensively all night. Much of that was thanks to the Toronto defensive line, which played a major role in holding Stampeders' star running back Jon Cornish to 57 yards on 15 carries with a fumble. Flemons said they owed that success to the crowd, though.
"It was a great, great home-field advantage," Flemons said. "I'm sure Calgary felt like they were playing a road game. "Read More »from Argos’ defensive line contains Cornish to win Grey Cup, with a little help from their fans