TICATS’ LAWRENCE SEEKS REDEMPTION IN RE­MATCH AGAINST STAMPEDERS

The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition) - - GLOBE SPORTS -

Hamil­ton – Si­moni Lawrence hasn’t for­got about the pre­vi­ous time the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats faced the Calgary Stampeders.

Hamil­ton’s colour­ful line­backer had a front-row seat to Calgary’s lop­sided 60-1 vic­tory at McMa­hon Sta­dium on July 29. Lawrence, the Ticats’ de­fen­sive cat­a­lyst, could only watch be­cause of a leg in­jury.

“It was su­per­tough,” Lawrence said. “… I didn’t get the op­por­tu­nity to play against these guys and they’re con­sid­ered one of the best teams.”

Lawrence will get that chance on Fri­day night, when Hamil­ton (4-10) plays host to Calgary (121-1) at Tim Hor­tons Field. The Ticats trail the Ottawa Red­blacks (6-9-1) for sec­ond in the East Di­vi­sion while the Stampeders can ce­ment first in the West with a win and Winnipeg loss to B.C. on Satur­day.

A loss to Calgary and an Ottawa win over Saskatchewan on Fri­day night would elim­i­nate the Ticats from play­off con­tention.

Hamil­ton, which is 4-2 un­der in­terim coach June Jones, is com­ing off a 30-13 road win over Winnipeg last week­end. Quar­ter­back Jeremiah Ma­soli threw for 338 yards and two touch­downs and hasn’t sur­ren­dered an in­ter­cep­tion in three games.

Calgary beat Montreal 59-11 at home on Sept. 29, scor­ing a TD or field goal on 10-of-12 pos­ses­sions (a CFL record at 83 per cent). The Stampeders are 15-0 com­ing off the bye since ’05, have won 11 straight reg­u­lar-sea­son games against the Ticats and are 7-3 in their past 10 vis­its to Hamil­ton.

Stamps run­ning back Jerome Mes­sam, re­ceivers DaVaris Daniels and Ka­mar Jordan all re­turn to the lineup from the in­jured list. Also, Randy Richards comes on to the ros­ter to start at left tackle.

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