Tiger-Cats aim for East’s top seed
TORONTO Jeremiah Masoli and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have put themselves in a position to battle for top spot in the East Division.
Masoli threw four TD passes as Hamilton beat the Toronto Argonauts 34-20 on Friday night. The Ticats emphatically swept the season series 3-0, but more importantly moved into a firstplace tie with the Ottawa Redblacks atop the East Division.
Hamilton (8-7) will face Ottawa (8-6) at TD Place next weekend to open a crucial homeand-home series between the two teams. The Ticats host the Redblacks on Oct. 27.
“That’s it right there for top place in the East,” said Masoli. “Obviously, we’ll be full go when that comes around.
“We’ll enjoy this road victory, it’s not easy to get road victories in this league and regroup after this.”
Ottawa is in Edmonton on Saturday, but leads the season series with Hamilton 1-0. However Ticats head coach June Jones said his team couldn’t afford to look past struggling Toronto (3-12).
“If we’d lost this game, the homeand-home with Ottawa wouldn’t mean anything,” Jones said. “We have right in front of us an opportunity ... it’s hard to win back-to-back games but we’ve got to do it now.”
Hamilton will head to Ottawa having won two straight and five of its last seven games overall. Masoli was a pivotal figure in the sweep of Toronto with a combined 11 TD passes. He finished 21-of-30 passing for 338 yards with two interceptions, surpassing the 300-yard mark in all three games and for a CFL-best 11th time this season. Luke Tasker and Brandon Banks again both came up big for Hamilton.
Banks had eight catches for 178 yards and a TD, while Tasker registered four receptions for 63 yards and a career-best three touchdowns.
Toronto, the 10th CFL team since ‘58 to win the Grey Cup then miss the playoffs the next year, suffered its seventh straight loss.