A key? One turnover in four Ti­cat wins


The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DREW ED­WARDS ded­wards@thes­pec.com 905-526-2481 | @scratch­ing­post

The sto­ry­line for Hamilton: The Ticats need to win against Cal­gary to main­tain con­trol of their play­off destiny. A loss by Hamilton fol­lowed by an Ottawa win in Saskatchewan later Fri­day would elim­i­nate the Ticats from post-sea­son con­tention.

A loss by both teams would mean the Ticats would have to win their re­main­ing three games to claim sec­ond in the East while a Hamilton win and Ottawa loss would close the gap to just three points.

Got all that? In short, a loss could be cat­a­strophic.

Key in­juries and ros­ter changes: New kicker Kenny Allen comes on the ros­ter to re­place the in­jured Ser­gio Castillo, who is done for the sea­son with a torn ACL.

Other than that, head coach June Jones has elected to stay with the same lineup that won last week in Win­nipeg. Five funky Hamilton stats: 1. Jones has a 4-2 record and .667 win­ning per­cent­age since tak­ing over on Labour Day. No mid-sea­son re­place­ment has ever posted bet­ter than a .400 win­ning per­cent­age in Ti­cat his­tory.

2. Quar­ter­back Jeremiah Ma­soli has not thrown an in­ter­cep­tion in his last three games and has now gone 110 straight passes with­out one, the long­est ac­tive streak in the CFL.

Ma­soli’s is 2:1 touch­down to in­ter­cep­tion ra­tio in 2017 is an im­prove­ment on his ca­reer mark of 1.20:1.

3. Ma­soli posted a ca­reer-high 82 per cent com­ple­tion rate in last week’s win over Win­nipeg and com­pleted his last nine passes of the game. It was the sec­ond time in his ca­reer he has beaten a club that was over .500 com­ing in.

4. Run­ning back Alex Green has started two games and pro­duced 237 rush­ing yards for an av­er­age of 118.5 yards per game and in­cludes seven runs of 10-plus yards and 4 of 20-plus. His av­er­age is up to 7.2 yards per carry in 33 at­tempts.

5. In their four wins this sea­son, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have com­mit­ted ex­actly one turnover. They have also lost the time of pos­ses­sion bat­tle in three of the vic­to­ries.

The sto­ry­line for Cal­gary: The Stam­ped­ers have al­ready se­cured a home play­off date but a win over Hamilton and a Win­nipeg loss Satur­day against B.C. would lock up first place in the di­vi­sion and a date in the Western Fi­nal on Nov. 19. The Stamps are 12-1-1 and have won 10 straight but their loss came to Mon­treal in Week 4 and the tie was against Ottawa in Week 1.

Key in­juries and ros­ter changes: Cana­dian run­ning back Jerome Mes­sam as well as re­ceivers Ka­mar Jorden and DaVaris Daniels re­turn to the lineup while dy­namic re­turner Roy Finch is side­lined with an an­kle in­jury. The Stamps have some big names on the in­jured list — line­backer Deron Mayo, de­fen­sive end Cor­darro Law, of­fen­sive line­man Pierre Lavertu — and it doesn’t seem to mat­ter, they just keep rolling. Five funky Stam­peder stats: 1. Cal­gary’s record com­ing off a bye is re­mark­able and they are 15-0 since 2005. Cal­gary is also 9-0 in those post-bye games on the road and has outscored op­po­nents by an av­er­age mar­gin of 14.5 points.

2. Head coach Dave Dick­en­son is off to 27-3-2 (.875) start to his ca­reer and eas­ily the best mark in any coach’s first two sea­sons in CFL’s mod­ern era since 1950.

2. Quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell’s ca­reer win­ning per­cent­age is now .862 (55-8-2). Hamilton is one of three clubs he has yet to lose to, go­ing 8-0 with av­er­age mar­gin of vic­tory of 12.9 points — though five of the eight games have been de­cided by six.

3. Cal­gary has now recorded two wins this year by 48 or more points in­clud­ing a 60-1 tri­umph over Hamilton in the first meet­ing. That makes them one of four teams in CFL his­tory to have two wins by 48 points or more in the same sea­son.

4. Kicker Rene Pare­des comes into this game with a cur­rent streak of 18 con­sec­u­tive field goals made, in­clud­ing four-of-four from 40 yards and out. He has now made 39 of his last 41 FG at­tempts.

5. Pare­des is now the CFL’s most ac­cu­rate kicker of all-time with ca­reer mark of 86.8 per cent.

TSN play-by-play: Rod Black and Duane Forde Ref­eree: An­dre Proulx Weather: Partly cloudy, 18 de­grees, winds out of the south­west at 20 km/h


Run­ning back Alex Green (15) has piled up 237 rush­ing yards in his two games with the Ticats.

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