Ti­cats’ rookie kicker puts boots to Alou­ettes

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MONC­TON, N. B. — It was an im­pres­sive CFL de­but for rookie Brett Lau­ther.

The na­tive of Truro, N. S., booted four field goals — in­clud­ing two in the de­ci­sive fourth quar­ter — as the Hamil­ton Tiger- Cats de­feated the Mon­treal Alou­ettes 28- 26 on Satur­day.

Hamil­ton had placed Lau­ther on its prac­tice ros­ter af­ter se­lect­ing the for­mer Saint Mary’s Huskies kicker in the sev­enth round of the 2013 CFL draft. But he was pro­moted to the ac­tive ros­ter to re­place in­cum­bent Luca Congi, who was benched af­ter miss­ing two field goals in last week­end’s 26- 22 loss to Calgary.

Lau­ther made good on his op­por­tu­nity, mak­ing all four of his at­tempts.

“I don’t care about the stats,” he said. “We got the win, that’s all I re­ally care about.

“It was ex­tra spe­cial that fam­ily and friends were in the crowd.”

Hamil­ton coach Kent Austin was def­i­nitely im­pressed with the rookie kicker but not sur­prised.

“He has a past of mak­ing big kicks,” Austin aid. “That’s kind of his M. O.”

Hamil­ton ral­lied for the vic­tory by outscor­ing Mon­treal 15- 7 in the fourth. Dan LeFevour’s one- yard TD run an­chored the rally, which also in­cluded Lau­ther’s field goals and a safety.

The Ti­cats ( 6- 6) erased a 19- 13 third- quar­ter deficit en route to mov­ing four points ahead of third- place Mon­treal ( 4- 8) in the East Di­vi­sion standings.

Hamil­ton im­proved to 2- 0 at Monc­ton Sta­dium af­ter down­ing Calgary 56- 36 in 2011. LeFevour’s TD put the Ti­cats ahead 22- 19 and was set up by Louie Richard­son’s re­cov­ery of Ty­ron Car­rier’s fum­ble on a punt re­turn.

Hamil­ton quar­ter­back Henry Bur­ris ap­peared in his sec­ond Touch­down At­lantic game. Bur­ris fin­ished 15- of- 27 for 176 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion as the Ti­cats earned their fifth win in seven games.

“I think we’ve been im­prov­ing and re­ally that’s all we re­ally fo­cus on.” Austin said. “They play with great ef­fort and have a ton of fight in them.”

Mon­treal made it in­ter­est­ing as Josh Neiswander found Duron Carter on a 27- yard TD strike — Neiswander’s sec­ond of the game — with un­der a minute re­main­ing. But Hamil­ton re­cov­ered the on­side kick­off to ce­ment the vic­tory


— The Cana­dian Press

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