HAMILTON — That hump the Hamilton Tiger-Cats can’t appear to get previous in relation to the Calgary Stampeders stays the obstacle it has been for some time now.
This sport was anticipated to be totally different with the Ticats, who had not crushed the Stamps in 13 makes an attempt, coming off three successive wins and using a excessive.
However the trip ended with a thud because the Stampeders, who had been held scoreless within the first quarter, completed strongly for a 43-28 win.
The primary indication the trip could be stopped got here when the inactives had been introduced simply earlier than sport time and Brandon Banks was included on Hamilton’s record.
Now soccer is, and all the time shall be, a next-man-up sport, however there isn’t any subsequent man up on the Hamilton roster that may replicate the risk that Banks gives.
A sore groin, and the worry that one other pressure on that space could be season-ending noticed the Ticats select the secure route and sit down their hottest receiver and largest level producer over their earlier three wins.
“We’ve quite a lot of season left,” coach June Jones stated. “As I advised the children, our objective is to win the division and get the bye. That’s nonetheless within the sights to have the ability to do this. Had he gone and torn one thing then he’s gone for the 12 months. That’s the choice we needed to make and we made it.”
In Banks’ place the Ticats went with Felix Faubert -Lussier who caught 4 passes for 22 yards.
“We received a younger child in there that had an opportunity however he didn’t take it the proper method and he shall be higher subsequent week simply because he received to play this week. It seems to be like on movie he’s received sufficient potential,” Jones stated. “He’s like Jalen (injured wideout Saunders) and just like the quick guys we’ve got. He simply hasn’t performed a lot soccer at this level.”
Ticats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was not afforded the time he had the previous couple of weeks and spent an excellent portion of the sport avoiding stress or hurrying his throws to keep away from sacks.
“He had quite a lot of various things happening up entrance and quite a lot of receivers not … I imply it was a mixture of everyone,” Jones stated. “I’d not say that I used to be disenchanted in Jeremiah. He competes each week.”
Masoli threw for 210 yards and had two interceptions within the sport. It marked simply the third time in 12 begins that he has been held to lower than 300 yards passing.
Masoli, whereas not pleased with dropping any time, stated there isn’t any cause why a loss to the Stamps has to sap any momentum or good emotions throughout the locker room.
“We’ve simply received to maintain being us,” Masoli stated. “We’ve received the proper kind of character guys within the room to not let this loss beat us twice.
“We’ve robust street check arising. B.C. performs nicely at house so we’re going to get again to work, see what we did unsuitable and attempt to repair these errors.”
With out Banks, the Stampeders had been in a position to pay additional consideration to Luke Tasker who was restricted to 6 catches for 60 yards. No different receiver in black and gold had greater than 4 catches on the day.
All of Hamilton’s scoring got here from both particular groups or its defence.
Delvin Breaux returned a Nick Arbuckle fumble on a third-and-short dive for a landing.
Larry Dean picked off Bo Levi Mitchell within the first quarter and returned it 60 yards to open the scoring.
Hamilton’s different main got here from rookie return man Shakeir Ryan who went 104 yards on a kickoff return for his first rating within the CFL.
Ryan, although, wound up giving that one again the following time he touched the soccer as he gathered in a Rob Maver punt at his personal 16 after which coughed it as much as Tunde
Adelke who returned it 20 yards for a Calgary landing.
Jones was not discouraged by the loss.
“I assumed the defence performed very nicely early,”he stated. “We’ve received to place it ultimately zone offensively and put the stress again on them.”
The Ticats had a possibility to try this however moderately than touchdowns early on, settled for a 37-yard area objective and received nothing when a 43-yard try from Lirim Hajrullahu sailed broad proper.
Jones, nevertheless, nonetheless believes he has the personnel to beat Calgary, an opportunity he’ll get now provided that each the Ticats and Stamps make it to the Gray Cup.
“We’re within the ball park with them,” Jones stated. “We will beat them. We didn’t tonight however each video games (together with an earlier 28-14 loss in Calgary) I believe have proven that we will play with them.”
HAIR TODAY, HIDDEN TOMORROW
HAMILTON — Shakeir Ryan gained’t reduce his lengthy flowing locks however he’ll modify them to keep away from a repeat of a moderately painful deal with.
The rookie returner enjoying instead of Frankie Williams who’s on the one-game injured record, appeared to have reached the nook and was on his method to a possible huge return when Stamps’ Williams Langlais pulled him down from behind by his lengthy dreadlocks.
No flag was thrown to the bewilderment of many readily available together with these within the press field.
After initially suggesting it could be time to chop his hair, Ryan rapidly appropriately himself.
“I believe what I’ll do now could be perhaps wrap it up or perhaps braid it,” Ryan stated. “I do know coach Nick Saben at Alabama, in case you discover all the blokes who’ve lengthy hair, it’s beneath and braided and never all wild and stuff.”
Ryan wound up with a moderately eventful day returning a kickoff for 104 yards for his first landing after which fumbling a punt on his personal 20 that was returned for a Calgary landing.