Around The CFL – Week 19: Ticats Solidified as Best in League, Stamps Reclaim First in West
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, October 21, 2019
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats secured their 13th win on Saturday with a 33-12 trashing of the Ottawa Redblacks at Tim Horton’s Field. The win sets a new franchise record and the Tabbies remain the only undefeated team at home. QB Dane Evans continues to set career highs in passing yards, this time hitting 452 passing yards, with one interception and a touchdown.
Receiver Brandon Banks hit 116 yards on 7 catches and pulled into second in Ticats total franchise touchdowns with his 10th of the season. Banks is also one away from tying his career high in receiving touchdowns and just over 100 yards away from breaking his career high in receiving yards.
Hamilton dominated Ottawa in every stat, from total offensive yards to time of possession. Although, it was a slow start for Hamilton, RB Jalin Marsall got their first touchdown late in the 1st quarter, and Lirim Hajrullahu and Lewis Ward exchanged field goals in the 2nd.
Evans and the Ticats drove in a pair of touchdowns in the 3rd and Hajrullahu hit a pair of field goals in the 4thto seal the win. A complete defensive effort kept Ottawa from scoring a major and was led once again by Simoni Lawrence with 8 defensive tackles and a fumble recovery.
Final score: Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33 – Ottawa Redblacks 12
Hamilton heads to Montreal for another potential East Final preview against Montreal at 1pm on Saturday October 26th, while Ottawa heads to Toronto to play the Argonauts at 4pm that day.
Stamps Reclaim First in West
Calgary and Winnipeg squared off in the game of the week on Saturday evening, with Calgary narrowly pulling off the win at home.
Bombers QB Chris Streveler seemed like he was doing it all himself for Winnipeg. The 24-year-old only threw for 134 yards and a touchdown but, that’s because he led the team with 85 rushing yards and marched the Blue Bombers downfield with both his arm and his legs.
Winnipeg dominated the 2nd quarter and put up a whopping 24 points to take a commanding 27-19 lead into halftime. Their defence forced two quick turnovers, a forced fumble and interception, to start the quarter, both of which resulted in Bomber touchdowns.
But it wasn’t enough.
Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell led his team back into the game and threw two touchdowns in the 2nd half to retake the lead and secure the victory for Calgary. Reggie Begelton was the favourite target in the endzone and caught all three touchdown passes from Mitchell, while RB Ante Milanovic-Litre ran in the 4th.
Josh Huff racked up the most yards for Calgary with 121 receiving yards on six catches. Wynton McManis was a beast on defence for Calgary with 11 defensive tackles. He helped shut Winnipeg down in the 2nd half when the Stampeder defence allowed just two field goals against in the closing 30 minutes of play.
Final Score: Calgary Stampeders 37 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers 33
Calgary and Winnipeg round out their home-at-home on Friday October the 25th from IG Field in Manitoba.
West Logjam Continues with Riders Victory
After a slow start on the road on Friday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders scored a touchdown in both the 2ndand 3rd quarters to easily beat the BC Lions.
The Lions did try to make a small comeback in the 4th quarter. Danny O’Brien managed to find Bryan Burnham in the endzone late in the quarter to make it 27-19 Riders but, O’Brien was intercepted on the following possession with just 43 seconds left. O’Brien finished the game with 171 yards, a touchdown and that interception.
Saskatchewan QB Cody Fajardo meanwhile had 224 yards and a touchdown, a nine-yard pass to Kyran Moore in the 3rd quarter to double the Rider lead. Naaman Roosevelt was the favourite target for Fajardo however with 106 yards on 7 catches and 12 attempts.
Brett Lauther also hit all four field goal attempts, his longest from 52 yards out, while Solomon Elimimian led the Rider defence with nine defensive tackles and a quarterback sack.
With their playoff chances gone and Mike Reilly out for the remainder of the season, BC only had pride to play for and maybe the chance at playing spoiler. The Roughriders had other plans.
Final Score: Saskatchewan Roughriders 27 – BC Lions 19
BC has their last Bye week while Saskatchewan travels to Edmonton to face the sputtering Eskimos for the evening game on Saturday October 26th.