FIVE THINGS

Tim Hor­tons Field, 17C, Cloudy, Winds 8 km/h; Stamps by 91/2

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RE­VENGE FAC­TOR? When the ticats vis­ited cal­gary in July, it was em­bar­rass­ing. the 60-1 fi­nal score­line was the most lop­sided the cFL has seen this sea­son, and it prompted ma­jor changes in Hamilton. Head coach Kent austin fired him­self and was re­placed by June Jones, who has the ticats play­ing at a con­sid­er­ably higher level. beat­ing the Stam­ped­ers would not only be huge for their play­off hopes — more on that up next — but it would also draw a line in the sand sep­a­rat­ing the ticats of to­day from the team that got oblit­er­ated by the Stam­ped­ers in the sum­mer. MUST WIN: the Stam­ped­ers know that it’s go­ing to take a once-in-a-life­time melt­down to keep them from win­ning the West di­vi­sion. For the ticats, noth­ing is cer­tain. if they lose this week­end and the red­blacks win, the reign­ing Grey cup cham­pi­ons will have clinched sec­ond place in the east. a loss would also guar­an­tee that a West di­vi­sion team will cross­over and take one of the east’s play­off spots, so the sea­son in Hamilton would be es­sen­tially over. SACK CITY: the Stamps de­fen­sive line is scary good. Micah John­son, charleston Hughes and Ja’Gared davis all have eight sacks, only one be­hind the ar­gos’ Vic­tor but­ler for the cFL lead. rookie-of-the-year can­di­date James Vaugh­ters isn’t far be­hind, ei­ther, with six. in the ticats’ sur­prise win over Win­nipeg last week­end, Qb Jeremiah Ma­soli was sacked only twice, but the Stamps won’t give him nearly as friendly a night. PLENTY OF OP­TIONS: the story this week has been all about the Stamps re­ceivers. Ka­mar Jorden has been out of ac­tion for 10 weeks, but was lead­ing the cFL in re­ceiv­ing tds when he got hurt against the ticats in the teams’ first meet­ing. daVaris daniels hasn’t been out for as long, but is one of the most dan­ger­ous deep-ball threats in the cFL. With both ex­pected back in the lineup, high-fly­ing rookie Marken Michel may be placed in a re­duced role, but he’ll still be dan­ger­ous any­time he’s on the field. BACK AT IT: With Jerome Mes­sam out for the Stamps’ blowout win over the als a cou­ple weeks ago, terry Wil­liams stepped up with a mon­ster 156-yard, three-td ef­fort at rb. No­body in the sta­dium was hap­pier for Wil­liams than Mes­sam, who will be back against the ticats. if the Stamps get out to an early lead, ex­pect them to smash the ball down the mid­dle.

An all-Cana­dian matchup here. Stop­ping the run-game is go­ing to be key for the Ticats if they have any hope of win­ning, and that means the de­fen­sive line will need to make sure Mes­sam doesn’t have any room to op­er­ate. If he gets a head of steam, Mes­sam is pick­ing up yards, so guys like Lau­rent need to move quickly to pre­vent him from get­ting go­ing. Oth­er­wise, it’ll be Game. Set. Sea­son over for the Ticats. Fri­day’s game will be a a re­union of sorts, as ticats head coach June Jones coached Stam­ped­ers quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell and de­fen­sive end Ja’Gared Davis while he was in charge at South­ern Methodist Univer­sity … the ticats brought in kicker Kenny Allen to re­place Ser­gio Castillo, who was placed on the six-game in­jured list … don’t ex­pect a ton of in­ter­cep­tions on Fri­day. Nei­ther Jeremiah Ma­soli nor Mitchell has thrown a pick in the last three games. Ma­soli has thrown 110 straight passes with­out and in­ter­cep­tion, while Mitchell has thrown 91. Yes, the Ticats are bet­ter than they were in late-July when they got beat 60-1, and that’s why we’re mak­ing this a lit­tle bit closer. It’s still go­ing to be a blowout, though, and ev­ery­one knows it. Bo Levi Mitchell seems to re­ally be find­ing his form lately and the Stamps de­fence is play­ing at a high level.

Tiger-Cats QB Jeremiah Ma­soli has not thrown a pick in his past three games as he goes up against the Stam­ped­ers tonight.

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