HAMILTON — Should you’re going to beat the Calgary Stampeders, you’d higher be sure you’ve bought them lifeless and buried by halftime.
That’s a lesson groups continue learning this season, and one the Hamilton Tiger-Cats bought taught on Saturday at Tim Hortons Area.
The Ticats saved issues shut within the first-half, however inevitably, the Stampeders got here out within the third quarter and broke the sport open.
It’s what the Stampeders do, and on Saturday it earned them a 43-28 win and improved their document to a West Division-leading 10-2.
It was on no account an ideal efficiency, although.
Bo Levi Mitchell threw a pick-six.
Nick Arbuckle fumbled on a QB sneak, and the Ticats recovered the ball and took it to the endzone.
The Ticats additionally returned a kickoff for a landing.
These aren’t the types of errors the Stampeders normally make, however they have been lucky Saturday that their hosts have been simply as error-prone.
By the point each groups had settled down, it was the second half. At that time, the Stamps have been simply higher.
After a gradual begin, the sport kicked into gear when Ticats linebacker Larry Dean intercepted a go from Mitchell and took it 60 yards for the sport’s opening rating.
The Ticats prolonged their lead with a area aim from Lirim Hajrullahu, however it wouldn’t final lengthy.
After a trick play that noticed Stamps receiver Marken Michel discover Juwan Brescacin downfield, Michel was on the receiving finish of a landing go from Mitchell two performs later.
Sadly, any momentum the Stamps might need gained was misplaced instantly when Ticats returner Shakeir Ryan ran again the following kickoff for a 104-yard TD.
The Ticats’ offence wasn’t doing a lot, however they have been placing factors on the board.
However the particular groups insanity was solely simply getting began, and it was the Stamps’ unit that got here up massive, when Tunde Adeleke recovered a fumble — by Ryan — and took it 20 yards for a landing.
The Stamps added two area objectives earlier than halftime, whereas the Ticats added one, and the groups went into the locker-rooms at halftime with the guests nursing a 20-19 lead.
After the half, although, it was all Stamps.
It began badly, although, as Don Unamba — who ought to obtain a effective for a late headbutt — recovered Arbuckle’s fumble and ran it 31-yards for a landing to present the Ticats a 25-20 lead.
A couple of minutes later, although, Stamps returner Terry Williams helped his workforce retake the lead with an 83-yard punt -return landing.
It was all Stamps from there.
On the subsequent drive, Mitchell discovered the red-hot Reggie Begelton for a 99-yard landing, whereas Rene Paredes would add a area aim and Romar Morris would run one other Three-yard rating into the endzone.
Ticats QB Jeremiah Masoli not often threatened, and completed the sport finishing 23-of-37 passes for 210 yards and threw two interceptions.
Mitchell, in the meantime, accomplished 17-of-30 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns, whereas additionally throwing one interception.
The Stamps now head into their remaining bye-week of the season earlier than returning to the sector Sept. 28 after they host the Toronto Argonauts at McMahon Stadium.