Tiger-Cats Game Day

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Game 3

B.C. Lions (2-1) at Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats (0-2) Tim Hor­tons Field Sat., July 14 Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST TV: TSN Ra­dio: TSN 1150 The sto­ry­line for Hamil­ton: The Ti­cats are com­ing off two straight losses to start the sea­son and are start­ing a tough stretch that will see them play four straight against tough West Di­vi­sion op­po­nents. A win at the home opener would go a long way to qui­et­ing an ever-grow­ing cir­cle of crit­ics.

Key in­juries and ros­ter changes: With Will Hill set to miss Satur­day’s game due to a sus­pen­sion for grab­bing an of­fi­cial, Keon Lyn will take over at strong-side line­backer and make his first CFL start. Half­back Ab­dul Kan­neh will miss his third straight game de­spite prac­tis­ing a cou­ple of days this week. Amer­i­can La­mar Holmes will take over at right tackle for the in­jured Jor­dan Swin­dle. Ross Scheuer­man gets his sec­ond straight start at run­ning back and re­ceiv­ing corps re­mains un­changed. Three funky Hamil­ton stats: 1. In two games thus far this sea­son, Hamil­ton has led for only 5:02 of play and trailed for 104:19.

2. The Ti­cats have gen­er­ated just 416 yards of net of­fence through the first two games, the low­est out­put by Hamil­ton in back-to-back games since Oct. 15 and 21, 2006.

3. The Ti­cats are the last team in the CFL to host a home game. They also started 2015 with four straight on the road, go­ing 2-2.

The sto­ry­line for B.C.: Af­ter los­ing their home opener to Ed­mon­ton, the Lions have rat­tled off two straight wins against East Di­vi­sion op­po­nents. The team flew back to Van­cou­ver af­ter last Thurs­day’s win over Mon­treal so will be mak­ing the long flight for the sec­ond time in just over a week. Quar­ter­back Jonathon Jen­nings and line­backer Solomon Elim­imian lead the way for a Lions team with le­git­i­mate Grey Cup as­pi­ra­tions.

Key in­juries and line up changes: The Lions re­leased Swayze Waters this week, mean­ing rookie Ty Long will han­dle the kick­ing du­ties for the fore­see­able fu­ture. Cana­dian de­fen­sive end Dy­lan Ainsworth has been added to the sus­pended list. Three funky B.C. stats: 1. The Lions are in the midst of three straight road games against in the East Di­vi­sion, the first time in the club’s 64 years. 2. Quar­ter­back Jonathon Jen­nings in 3-0 as a starter against the Ti­cats.

3. The Lions have scored 48 out of their 78 to­tal points (62 per cent) in the fourth quar­ter.


B.C. Lions line­backer Solomon Elim­imian is seen in ac­tion against the Tiger-Cats in 2014.

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