Jeremy Poeta once again started the game off with a bang for the Nipissing Wild, returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. However, the team could not hold that momentum and dropped a 30-25 decision to the Toronto Jr. Argonauts.
Toronto quickly responded with a major on their opening possession to the score at 7-7 and then added a field goal late in the first quarter to go up 10-7. Late in the half, the Wild were backed up deep in their own end forcing them to give up a safety pushing the home team's lead to 5.
It wasn't until the dying seconds of the half until the Wild woke up when rookie Quarterback Justin Rancourt hit Keiran Peltier on a 50 yard touchdown pass. Peltier was able to get behind the prevent defense of the Argos and Rancourt laid in a perfect pass.
Although the Wild were outplayed for most of the half they still managed to lead 14-12 at the break.
Midway through the third quarter Nipissing defensive star Jordy Matheson kicked a 20 yard field goal and also added a rouge on a missed field goal to make the score 18-12 for the visitors.
That lead held for Nipissing until the first play of the fourth quarter when Toronto scored on a quarterback keep after a long drive to go up 19-18. A single on the ensuing kickoff pushed the score to 20-18.
The Argos then stretched their lead midway through the final stanza when they capped a long drive with a short touchdown run to make the lead 9 points. The Wild were able to answer that score with a short touchdown run by Brett Kraft to make it a 2 point game with 4 minutes left to play.
Toronto then ate up a good amount of clock on a drive that was capped off by a 30 yard field goal which made the score 30-25 with just over a minute to play.
The Wild were able to drive into Toronto territory but Rancourt was intercepted at the Argo 30 yard line to end the game and give the Argos win number one of the year.
Nipissing (2-7) now has to turn around quickly to get prepared for their first every playoff game as they will travel to Sudbury this Saturday to face the Gladiators (8-0) at 4pm. The Gladiators have already beaten the Wild twice during the regular season, so the locals will need to be in top form if they hope to upset their highway 17 rivals.