QB Scott makes most of moment in spotlight

Back-up puts in solid final drive as Argos fall to Als

Bryan Scott, quarterback, Toronto Argonauts. (Sarah Maat)
Argos backup quarterback Bryan Scott all smiles after going five-for-five in his first regular season game action Friday night against the Montreal Alouettes (Photo: Sarah Maat/Toronto Observer) 

On a night the majority of the Toronto Argonauts team and personnel would like to forget, one unlikely source created something memorable.

Sophomore quarterback Bryan Scott, drawing in for starter Cameron Dukes at the 13:06 mark of the fourth quarter during a 30-20 loss to the Montreal Alouettes Friday evening, leading a 79-yard drive that ended with a deep ball up the middle of the field to Makai Polk for a 40-yard touchdown.

The successful score, marking a perfect 5-for-5 completion rate for the 28-year-old, was the first of Scott’s career in the Canadian Football League, and offered a promising conclusion to an otherwise bottled-up offensive performance for the Toronto club.

After backing up the first two games of the regular season, the Rolling Hills, California, native was grateful for the chance to earn minutes at the tail end of the matchup, while also offering a nod to his teammate on his milestone score north of the border.

“Obviously appreciative of coach putting me in the game, giving me an opportunity,” said Scott post-game. “The guys made a lot of great catches for me. It was also Kai’s (Polk) first touchdown too, so it was a cool moment for us.”

The 6-foot-2 pivot, who was signed by the Argos in February of 2023, shone in his first look of the campaign after getting the majority of reps at the quarterback position in the pre-season. Through those two contests, Scott led the team in completions (16) and passing yards (225), while also adding 31 yards on the ground.

Scott’s night began with a 10-yard completion to Polk, who started and ended the drive, hauling in the ball at Toronto’s 41-yard line. He then tossed a short right dime to Damonte Coxie for 13 yards to push the Argos past the 50-yard mark.

Scott then wired two quick passes to DaVaris Daniels and Polk for 16 total yards, setting up the quarterback for the Argos only six-score play of the game.

This performance is another step in the right direction for the pivot, who seems to have found some stability on the Toronto roster after a number of stops over the past several years. He spent time with the B.C. Lions during the 2017 off-season and joined the Edmonton Elks for a brief stint in 2019.

Prior to signing with the Double Blue last year, Scott was drafted third overall by the Philadelphia Stars in the 2022 USFL Draft, completing 60 passes for 558 yards and five touchdowns through three games before being placed on injured reserve.

It appears that he’s found a welcome home in Toronto this year, evidenced by the close-knit nature of the locker room. Dukes delved into the comradery that the Argos quarterback cohort displays, pointing to an all-for-one mentality that drives to group towards success.

“I always want to see those guys succeed, they want me to succeed as well. That’s the kind of QB room we’ve got,” says Dukes. “We fall on each other, we help each other grow every single day. When a guy goes out there and goes 100% passing and gets a touchdown for us, that’s what we want to do.”

Scott’s contemporary isn’t the only notable name offering words of encouragement for the former Occidental College grad. Fellow CFL pivot Vernon Adams Jr. of the BC Lions had some advice to share following his Week One match up against Toronto.

So, too, did Edmonton Elks quarterback and former Argos pivot McLeod Bethel-Thompson, whom Scott trained with for the past several months.

“VA (Adams Jr.) reached out to me when we played them, he just said keep your head down, keep working,” Scott said. “I worked out with Mac all off-season, so (he) is just such a special person, we got to play against each other. Ultimately those guys are at the top of their game.”

As the Argos head on a three-game road trip beginning with a matchup against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on July 4, at Mosaic Stadium, Scott intends to utilize all he’s learned in order to prepare for whenever he might be needed.

“I’m continuing to be patient and just work every day, because you never know when your number is going to be called, like tonight.”

A stark Batman figurine could be seen towering over Scott’s stall in the corner of the Argos locker room. He referenced his admiration for the superhero, stating the figure has been with him for every game and crediting Christian Bale as the actor representing the character best.

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Posted: Jul 3 2024 1:53 pm
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