Bethel-Thompson and Peters lead Argonauts past Tiger-Cats

McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw three touchdown passes and Jamal Peters returned one of his three interceptions 67 yards for a score as the Toronto Argonauts beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37-20 on a Friday Windy evening at BMO Field in Toronto.

Bethel-Thompson completed 19 of 32 passes for 258 yards with an interception as Toronto (5-5) surged to the top of the CFL East Division with its second win in three games over third-placed Hamilton ( 3-8). The teams meet for the last time in the regular season on Labor Day at Tim Hortons Field.

Peters cemented the win, returning his third interception of the game 67 yards for the touchdown 2:09 into the fourth. That put Toronto ahead 34-19 as the Argos outscored Hamilton 27-4 in the second half.

It was a tough comeback for Hamilton starter Dane Evans. After missing two games with a shoulder injury, Evans completed 19 of 30 passes for 244 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble.

Replacement Matt Shiltz had 13 of 15 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown for Hamilton.

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Argonauts’ Peters records 3 interceptions in win over Tiger-Cats

Toronto defensive back Jamal Peters scores a touchdown on his third interception of the game as his team beats Hamilton 37-20.

Kurleigh Gittens Jr., DaVaris Daniels and Markeith Ambles scored Toronto’s other touchdowns. Boris Bede kicked four converts and three field goals.

Lemar Durant completed the touchdown for Hamilton. Seth Small kicked four field goals, a convert and a single.

Toronto took a 27-19 lead in the fourth after beating Hamilton 17-3 with the wind in the third. Bethel-Thompson found Ambles on a 13-yard TD strike at 14:23 after hitting Daniels with a 13-yard pass at 9:56.

Bethel-Thompson’s TD pass to Ambles was set up by an interception from Peters.

Bede scored a 56-yard field goal at 2:38 before Small counterattacked with a 34-yard kick at 6:26.

Small hit a record 58-yard field goal with the wind on the final play of the half to give Hamilton a 16-10 lead. He came just 23 seconds after Bethel-Thompson found Gittens Jr. on a two-yard TD pass.

Hamilton took full advantage, beating Toronto 13-3 with the wind in second. The Ticats dominated the first half, holding the ball for 19 minutes 48 seconds and racking up 236 offensive yards, compared to 104 for Toronto.

And Hamilton’s offense began with Shiltz replacing Evans in the second with the score tied at 3-3.

Small had a 30-yard field goal at 13:43 to give Hamilton a 13-3 lead. It came after Shiltz’s 10-yard strike against Durant at 8:33.

Earlier in the quarter, Eric Sutton of Toronto was disqualified for rough play.

Toronto opened the game with the wind brisk but could only handle Bede’s 48-yard field goal at 14:52 that tied the score 3-3. Hamilton opened the scoring with Small’s 33-yard field goal at 5:46, taking his first 67-yard possession on eight downwind plays.

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