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RedBlacks beat Argonauts, jump Ticats for first in East

Ottawa RedBlacks' Jonathan Rose prevents Toronto Argonauts' Tori Gurley from catching a pass during second half CFL action on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Ottawa.

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Chris Milo kicked five field goals and the Ottawa RedBlacks took over first place in the East Division on Friday with a 29-12 win over the visiting Toronto Argonauts.

The RedBlacks (6-5-1) won at home for just the second time in six attempts to move one point up on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who play in Saskatchewan Saturday.

The Argonauts (5-8-0) have lost two straight and sit third in the division.

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Toronto scored the first offensive touchdown of the game when Drew Willy threw an 11-yard pass to Kevin Elliott at 7:08 of the fourth quarter, but that simply cut the RedBlacks lead to 22-12 following a failed two-point conversion attempt.

A one-yard touchdown run from Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris with two minutes to play gave the RedBlacks a 29-12 lead following the conversion.

Milo put the first points on the board with a 19-yard field goal at 7:09 of the first quarter to give the RedBlacks a 3-0 lead.

That lead was doubled to 6-0 just before the end of the quarter on a 16-yard Milo field goal.

The Argos had positioned themselves into field-goal range in the second quarter, but a 15-yard unnecessary roughness call on lineman Greg Van Roten pushed the Argos back on third down and cost the team heavily.

Liram Hajrullahu was short on the ensuing 52-yard field-goal attempt and Jamill Smith returned the ball 109 yards for a RedBlacks touchdown that, once converted, gave Ottawa a 13-0 lead.

Milo's third field goal of the half, this one from 41-yards out, gave the RedBlacks a 16-0 advantage at 9:25.

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The Argos finally got some points on the board when Hajrullahu split the uprights from 16 yards out in the final minute of the half, cutting Ottawa's lead to 16-3.

The RedBlacks made it 19-3 when Milo completed the opening drive of the second half with a 44-yard field goal at 2:34.

The rest of the third quarter belonged to both defences as they shut down drive after drive until Hajrullahu kicked a 17-yard field goal with one minute left into the quarter.

Again the RedBlacks responded with three points of their own as Milo connected from 29 yards out three minutes into the fourth quarter, upping their lead to 22-6.

Both teams play on the road next week as the RedBlacks head west to face the B.C. Lions on Saturday while the Argos go further East for a showdown with the Montreal Alouettes Sunday.

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