Tiger-Cats look­ing to avenge blowout loss

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Dan RALPH

HAMIL­TON — Si­moni Lawrence hasn’t for­got about the last time the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats faced the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers.

Hamil­ton’s colour­ful line­backer had a fron­trow 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 su­per tough,” Lawrence said. “You never not want to be with your team and watch them lose a game like that... and how it was (as) Cal­gary kept putting it on them.

“I didn’t get the op­por­tu­nity to play against these guys and they’re con­sid­ered one of the best teams. Be­ing a player you want to play against the best.”

Lawrence will get that chance tonight when Hamil­ton (4-10) hosts Cal­gary (12-1-1) 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 Ot­tawa win over Saskatchewan tonight would elim­i­nate the Ti­cats from play­off con­tention. De­spite the 59-point mar­gin of vic­tory, Lawrence didn’t feel the Stam­ped­ers ran up the score against Hamil­ton.

“No, it’s pro­fes­sional foot­ball,” he said. “If you can beat a team by 100 points, why not?”

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 TDs and hasn’t sur­ren­dered an in­ter­cep­tion in three games (110 pass at­tempts).

Ma­soli was the backup to vet­eran Zach Col­laros when Hamil­ton last met Cal­gary. But he said the Ti­cats haven’t spo­ken much about that visit to McMa­hon. “That was a long time ago,” Ma­soli said. “I think we’ve proven we’re a dif­fer­ent kind of team than ear­lier in the year.”

Jones said the win over Win­nipeg (10-4) gave the Ti­cats a con­fi­dence boost.

“Win­ning on the road against a good foot­ball team is not easy to do,” Jones said. “We pulled it off and that builds con­fi­dence, def­i­nitely.”

Cal­gary beat Mon­treal 59-11 at home on Sept. 29, scor­ing a TD or field goal on 10-of12 pos­ses­sions (CFL record 83 per cent). The Stam­ped­ers are 15-0 com­ing off the bye since 2005, have won 11 straight reg­u­lar-sea­son games ver­sus the Ti­cats and are 7-3 in their last 10 vis­its to Hamil­ton.

What’s more, run­ning back Jerome Mes­sam (CFL-high 897 rush­ing yards), re­ceivers DaVaris Daniels (league’s top rookie last year) and Ka­mar Jor­dan (32 catches, 474 yards, four TDs) all re­turn to the lineup from the in­jured list. Also, Randy Richards comes on to the ros­ter to start at left tackle.

“We’re go­ing to get their best,” Jones said. “But if we want to be the best we’ve got to be able to com­pete with the best.”

Quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell, the CFL’s out­stand­ing player last year, makes Cal­gary’s po­tent of­fence tick. Mitchell has thrown for 3,978 yards with 20 TDs against just eight in­ter­cep­tions for the Stam­ped­ers, who are av­er­ag­ing a league-best 29.4 of­fen­sive points per game.

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