Game Day 4: Tiger-Cats vs. Alou­ettes

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DREW ED­WARDS

The sto­ry­line for Mon­treal:

The Alou­ettes are com­ing off a bye week but that’s done lit­tle to quell the storm sur­round­ing re­ceiver Duron Carter, who is ap­peal­ing his one-game sus­pen­sion for bump­ing Ot­tawa head coach Rick Camp­bell dur­ing Mon­treal’s 28-13 loss to the Red­blacks on June 30.

Carter missed a day of prac­tice with headaches af­ter tak­ing a hellacious hit in the Ot­tawa game — right be­fore the bump­ing in­ci­dent, ac­tu­ally — but head coach Jim Popp says the player doesn’t have a con­cus­sion. Carter will play Fri­day and will no doubt con­tinue to be a talk­ing point.

Key in­juries:

Start­ing quar­ter­back Kevin Glenn, a for­mer Ti­cat, is out with an eye in­flam­ma­tion and the team is miss­ing two top re­ceivers in S.J. Green and Kenny Stafford. Run­ning back Tyrell Sut­ton, the league’s lead­ing rusher last sea­son, is gone too.

Five funky Mon­treal stats:

1. Mon­treal al­lowed 532 yards of of­fence in their most re­cent loss to the Red­blacks, 395 of which were via the pass.

2. The Alou­ettes are 3-6 in game com­ing off a loss since July 2015.

3. In their last eight games against Hamil­ton, the Alou­ettes have started five dif­fer­ent quar­ter­backs.

4. Mon­treal re­ceiver Nik Lewis is now ninth all-time in CFL his­tory, with 12,158 ca­reer yards. He needs 208 yards to tie Don Nar­cisse (12,366) for No. 8.

5. Rush­ing is at a record-low pace across the league, with 79 per cent of the to­tal yards gained thus far com­ing via the pass. The Alou­ettes, how­ever, are last in the league against the run, al­low­ing more than 130 yards per game.

The sto­ry­line for Hamil­ton:

Af­ter play­ing so well in a sea­son-open­ing vic­tory over the Toronto Arg­onauts, the Ti­cats have dropped two straight, in­clud­ing a 28-24 loss to Winnipeg last week — a game in which they com­mit­ted a whop­ping six turnovers.

Quar­ter­back Jeremiah Ma­soli is av­er­ag­ing more than 300 pass­ing yards a game but leads the league with four in­ter­cep­tions and three lost fum­bles.

Key in­juries, ros­ter changes:

Everett Gol­son comes onto the ros­ter as the No. 3 quar­ter­back af­ter the team traded Jake Wa­ters to Saskatchewan, while Ge­off Hughes re­places the in­jured Jay Langa in a swap of Cana­dian depth/spe­cial teams play­ers.

Five funky Hamil­ton stats:

1. Un­til pulling out a vic­tory in their most re­cent trip last Oc­to­ber, the Ti­cats hadn’t won in Mon­treal since 2002, a span of 18 games.

2. Andy Fan­tuz ranks No. 3 in the league in re­ceiv­ing yards and is tops in the CFL with 11 catches for first downs.

3. There are three Hamil­ton play­ers in the league’s top 10 in re­ceiv­ing yards: Fan­tuz at No. 3, Luke Tasker at No. 5 and Chad Owens at No. 8. These three play­ers have been tar­geted 80 times in 115 Hamil­ton pass at­tempts (69.6 per cent of the team’s to­tal).

4. At mi­nus-3, Hamil­ton is tied for sev­enth in the CFL in turnover ra­tio. They have more give­aways (11) than any other club and they have led to 31 points by op­po­nents over three games.

5. The Ti­cats did not score a point in the fi­nal quar­ter of their last two games.

CANA­DIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

With for­mer Tiger-Cats pivot Kevin Glenn nurs­ing an eye in­jury, Ra­keem Cato, seen here elud­ing Hamil­ton’s Craig But­ler last sea­son, will get the start for Mon­treal.

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