TORONTO — Ricky Ray and Trevor Harris threw TD passes to lead Toronto past the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21-11 on Friday night in the Argonauts' final game at Rogers Centre.
Ray earned his second straight start but gave way to Harris in the second quarter after firing a TD strike to Dave Stala that staked Toronto to an early 9-3 lead. Harris, who was the Argos' starter for their first 16 games, also had a scoring pass to Stala in the second half before a Rogers Centre gathering of 17,511.
That could set up an interesting scenario this week regarding who'll start for Toronto (10-8) when it visits either Hamilton or Ottawa in next weekend's East Division semifinal. Fortunately for the Argos, they'll enter the playoffs on a positive note after snapping a three-game losing streak.
But questions exist regarding the playoff status of Swayze Waters. The veteran was scheduled to handle field goal and punting duties Friday but felt tightness during the pre-game warmup, leaving former Bomber Justin Palardy to handle all kicking duties.
Winnipeg (5-13) ended its season with a third straight loss to finish fourth in the West Division and out of the post-season. But Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea, who played 12 seasons at linebacker in Toronto, was inducted as an All-Time Argo at halftime.
Winnipeg rookie Dominique Davis, in his first CFL start, was 16-of-25 passing for 169 yards but watched the final minutes of the game from the sidelines with ice taped to his right hamstring.
The game was Toronto's last at Rogers Centre after 27 seasons. The Argos will move into a refurbished BMO Field next season.
Toronto lost its regular-season debut at Rogers Centre — then called SkyDome — 24-15 to Hamilton on July 12, 1989. Overall, the Argos compiled a 122-96-1 record under the dome and won the 100th Grey Cup there in 2012.
Palardy booted two field goals, a convert and two singles.
Sergio Castillo accounted for all of Winnipeg's points, kicking three field goals and two singles.
Castillo hit from 48 yards out on the final play of the opening half to cut Toronto's lead to 12-7. Ray's 13-yard pass to Stala at 10:33 of the second was the lone TD of the half and was set up by a great play-action fake to Chad Kackert — who had earlier ripped three runs for 39 yards.
With plenty of time, Ray calmly threw to a wide-open Stala, who after scoring booted the ball into the stands. Ray finished 9-of-12 passing for 99 yards before giving way to Harris.
Davis was 12-of-17 passing for 123 yards.
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press