Ricky Ray threw for 332 yards and a touchdown in Edmonton’s (8-9) 36-10 victory at Commonwealth Stadium.
The loss was Toronto’s (3-14) seventh straight and comes just two weeks after the Eskimos knocked the Boatmen out of playoff contention.
Auditioning for next year
Argos coach Bart Andrus said earlier this week he wanted to give Reaves (Toronto’s third string quarterback) some playing time when the game was still in reach.
With Toronto trailing 17-0, the 24-year-old made his first career appearance three minutes into the second quarter.
Before leaving, Joseph had completed three out of eight passes, but four of those were dropped by receivers.
Reaves looked impressive with nine completions (including a string of six straight) on 13 attempts by halftime.
He threw his first touchdown on the final play of the second quarter, a two-yard throw to Lucas, narrowing the Argos’ deficit to 20-10.
Just when things were looking good for the Boatmen, Edmonton’s offence took advantage on a pair of rookie mistakes.
The Argos trailed 30-10 with nine minutes remaining when Joseph threw an interception to Eskimos safety Scott Gordon.
A few plays later, Ray threw a 33-yard completion to Stamps, placing Edmonton on the 16-yard line, but the Eskimos couldn’t score a major and had to settle on a field goal to go up 33-10.
Moreno’s at it again
Andrus and Zeke Moreno were fined Wednesday for “publicly disparaging” league officiating in last week’s 26-17 loss to Hamilton, and Moreno didn’t seem to learn his lesson.
With eight minutes to go in the first half, the linebacker questioned a call that led to a 30-yard catch from Stamps, and the Argos were given a 10-yard penalty for objectional conduct.
On the next play, Ray completed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Jason Barnes, putting the Eskimos up 17-0.
The Argos scored on a field goal the next drive, trimming Edmonton’s lead to 17-3.
Edmonton opened the scoring with a field goal from Derek Schiavone, capping off a nine-play drive three minutes into the game.
Schiavone converted all four field goal attempts on the night.
In the closing minute of the first quarter, Edmonton linebacker Tim St. Pierre recovered a fumble off a dropped snap from Joseph and the Eskimos quickly took advantage of the turnover.
Ray threw a 24-yard pass to Kamau Peterson before Whitlock rushed eight yards for a touchdown, giving Edmonton a 10-0 lead.