The Hamilton Tiger-Cats kicked off their pre-season schedule Saturday with a 25-16 loss at Toronto’s revamped BMO Field.
The arch rival Argonauts dominated the first quarter en route to a 10-0 lead on Hamilton.
Logan Kilgore, battling for the backup QB job behind Ricky Ray, tossed a 17 yard TD to Vidal Hazelton to open the scoring 7:40 into the game.
Lirim Hajrullahu made it 10-0 with a 37 yard field goal with 47 seconds to play in the first quarter.
Hamilton scored 13 unanswered points in the second period, highlighted by a 50 yard bomb from Jeff Mathews to Tiquan Underwood to make it 10-7.
Kicker Brett Maher connected on field goals from 36 and 38 yards to give the Ticats their first lead of the game just before halftime.
6:32 into the third quarter, Toronto’s Zack Medieros hit a 27 yard field goal to tie the game 13-13.
Cody Mandell, who missed a 50 yard field goal earlier in the third frame, connected on a 51 yard field goal to make it 16-13 Hamilton.
Mandell conceded a safety to start the fourth quarter which trimmed the Cats’ lead to 16-15.
Medieros made it 18-16 for Toronto after booting a 24 yard field goal with 10:44 to play in the game.
The Boatmen extended their lead to 25-16 with 3:20 remaining when Mitchell Gale threw a 5 yard touchdown to Wallace Miles.
The Tiger-Cats close out their exhibition schedule Friday night at 7:30 when they host the Ottawa REDBLACKS.