TICATS’ LAWRENCE SEEKS REDEMPTION IN REMATCH AGAINST STAMPEDERS
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.