FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Ottawa Sun - - SPORTS -

1 HIP HIP, LU­LAY!

There isn’t a more re­spected player in three-down foot­ball than Li­ons QB Travis Lu­lay, whom the Ti­cats have yet to meet this sea­son. Lu­lay has won a Grey Cup and un­der­stands what it takes when play­ing a post-sea­son game. Pro­tect­ing the foot­ball, mak­ing the right reads and de­liv­er­ing the ball on time will be asked of him. He can move in the pocket and, when nec­es­sary, can make plays with his feet.

2 MA­SOLI THE MESSIAH

All eyes in the Ham­mer will be on Jeremiah Ma­soli, the ul­ti­mate dual threat QB who has flour­ished un­der June Jones’ sys­tem. But he’ll have to de­liver a win to­day if he is to be con­sid­ered an elite quareter­back. If the Li­ons don’t con­tain Ma­soli in the pocket, rush­ing yards will be yielded. B.C. fig­ures to mix up their cov­er­age in the se­condary and force Ma­soli to be pa­tient.

3 WALLY’S WORLD

This could be Li­ons coach Wally Buono’s last stand as he wraps up a 46year run in the CFL. “I know the play­ers will be mo­ti­vated,” Jones said of the vis­i­tors. “They’re go­ing to play hard whether Wally is re­tir­ing or not. Wally has mo­ti­vated a lot of play­ers to play at a high level for a lot of years. He’d love to go out with a win. We’d like to send him out with a loss.”

4 NO SMALL TASKER

Luke Tasker will get all the at­ten­tion from B.C.’s pass­ing de­fence, the one tar­get the Li­ons must al­ways ac­count for in the in­jury absence to Bran­don Banks, one of the game’s elite play­mak­ers. Tasker isn’t go­ing to get be­hind cov­er­age with his speed un­less there’s a break­down in the back end, but he’s savvy, tough and sure­handed. For Hamil­ton to win, Tasker must have a min­i­mum of 10 tar­gets.

5 BEST FOOT FOR­WARD

No punter has distin­guished him­self bet­ter in the CFL than B.C.’s Ty Long and no kicker must re­deem him­self more than Hamil­ton’s Lirim Ha­jrul­lahu. Both Long and Ha­jrul­lahu han­dle all the spe­cial teams du­ties for their re­spec­tive teams and each will have to be at his ab­so­lute best in the big­gest game of the sea­son.

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