Ticats’ rookie kicker puts boots to Alouettes
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
MONTREAL 26 HAMILTON 28
— The Canadian Press