BY: Jeff Schneberk
It took over 3 months but the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats finally beat a good team.
On a Saturday afternoon, down the highway from Hamilton (5-5) in Guelph’s Alumni Stadium, a neutral site field belonging to a local college, the Tiger-Cats finally gained a bit of respect.
Even if they looked like ingredients in a bowl of fruit punch, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats finally beat a Grey Cup team, the BC Lions (6-4).
Three more touchdown passes and Burris is a CFL version of Peyton Manning (just kidding) with four TD passes. Manning did not throw any INTs Thursday night in the NFL opener but Burris threw a couple picks, had his team out to a 34-8 lead, but was not able to keep it going consistently and the wheels fell off and a BC comeback bid fell just short.
“We can’t have those lulls that we had,” Burris admitted. “To have three turnovers like we had and give BC a chance to get back in the game and leave our defence on the field, that’s uncalled for from us.”
Burris was good on 25 of 35 pass attempts, gained 375 yards along with his 4 TDs and 2 picks.
Hamilton rookie Craig Ellingston continues to show why he may be taking home a trophy or two when the CFL holds its annual awards banquet; he has been red hot all season long, had 2 TDs in the win as well as 111 passing yards while teammate Andy Fantuz had 1 TD reception and totaled 112 yards in the air.
To make matters even better, they looked really good doing it. Hamilton QB Henry Burris has been one of the most trusted men in his position for over a decade; he has a couple of awesome receivers, and for once, the defence did not look like a bunch of high schoolers.
They had to hold on late, but we’ll take that, as well as the two points in the standings and now the team that was once sitting at 1-4 is now at 5-5 and have finally beaten a team not called Winnipeg.
Shawn Gore, Nick Moore and Courtney Taylor scored for the visitors. Moore led all receivers with 159 yards.
Hamilton kicker Luca Congi was perfect on all 3 of his field goal attempts. One from 29 yards out and two from 39 yards. His final attempt from 39 with 4:03 left in the game quieted a late BC comeback.
BC kicker Paul McCallum hit two of his three attempts; he missed from the 44.
Hamilton’s Week 12 opponent will take them to Calgary for another edition of CFL Wendy’s Friday Night Football on TSN. Game time will be 9 pm.
BC hosts Montreal on Sunday afternoon.
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