Tiger-Cats Wins On CFL Thanksgiving Day Doubleheader Spoiling Ricky Ray’s Return

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http://instagram.com/p/fd6b7LqQmd/Henry Burris leading post game talk in the locker room following the big win today

QB Henry Burris with the boys in the locker room telling them how they all did a sweet job n stuff lol

Ticats Will Win the Tiebreaker Should it Come to That

BY:Jeff Schneberk
@Game7overtime

Ricky Ray picked a bad time to throw his first interception in about 248 throws. Okay, he didn’t choose to throw it, it kind of just happened but for all of those Ticats fans out there that were sweating through their clothes on this warmer-than-normal Thanksgiving Monday holiday Monday, we were all more than thankful when the Tabbies held on.

Ray threw the pick. Arthur Hobbs caught it instead of the intended receiver, than USC-product CJ Gable ate up the rest of the game clock, which was at 1:02 at the time of the interception, and now Tabbie fans get to go home and eat that turkey, which should taste a whole lot better thanks to this performance and outcome.
The CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats sit one game ABOVE .500 for the first time in like 10 years (okay that was OVER-Exaggerating too but the point is the same).

This hasn’t happened in a long time, especially with three weeks remaining in the regular season. Hamilton now officially wins the season series and takes home the Ballard Trophy.

The Ballard Trophy is coming back to Hamilton!

The Ballard Trophy is coming back to Hamilton!

Dan LeFevour ran for two TDs while C.J. Gable rushed for one as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats held on to beat

the Toronto Argonauts 24-18 on Monday to sweep their home-and-home series.

Hamilton (8-7) recorded consecutive wins for the first time this season to pull to within two points of first-place Toronto (9-6) in the East Division. The Ticats moved four points ahead of third-place Montreal (6-9), which lost 34-27 to Winnipeg on Monday, heading into a crucial home-and-home series the Alouettes.

RICKY RAY RETURNS
But Toronto, which struggled with consistency and penalties all game, made it interesting. Ricky Ray’s 13-yard TD to Jason Barnes cut Hamilton’s lead to six points at 6:43 of the fourth before a season-high Alumni Stadium gathering of 13,362.
Dan LeFevour scored the first two TDs for Hamilton and sparkplug speedster C.J. Gable rushed for the game’s fourth one as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats held on to beat the Toronto Argonauts 24-18 on Monday to sweep their home-and-home series.
The Ticats moved four points ahead of third-place Montreal (6-9), which lost 34-27 to Winnipeg on Monday, heading into a crucial home-and-home series the Alouettes.

GUELPH STADIUM
At Guelph’s Alumni Stadium on today, Toronto, which struggled with consistency and penalties all game, made it interesting. Ricky Ray’s 13-yard TD to Jason Barnes cut Hamilton’s lead to six points at 6:43 of the fourth before a season-high Alumni Stadium gathering of 13,362.

Ray then took over at Toronto’s four-yard line with 4:02 remaining and drove the Argos to Hamilton 37 before being picked off by Hamilton’s Arthur Hobbs in the end zone. That was Ray’s first interception of the year.
Hamilton also beat Toronto 33-19 at Rogers Centre on Oct. 4 to clinch the season series 2-1. That earned the Ticats the Ballard Trophy but, more importantly, the tiebreaker should the two finish tied in the standings.

INJURIES
Offensively the defending Grey Cup champions were without receiver John Chiles (hamstring) and tailback Chad Kackert (shoulder).

For any Tabbie supporter out there thinking we have a shot at first place, hold the horses. Toronto has an easier finish to the schedule than Hamilton does. The Argos still remain in the driver’s seat for top spot in the East. They’ll play a home-and-home series with Winnipeg before finishing against Montreal.
Hamilton opened the second half impressively with a seven-play, 69-yard scoring march capped by Gable’s two-yard TD run at 4:01 of the third. The Ticats then went 69 yards on 10 plays but Brett Lauther missed
a 28-yard field goal that went for a single and a 24-8 advantage.

Toronto drove to the 11-yard line late in the third, resulting in Swayze Waters’ 18-yard field goal at 14:47 to cut Hamilton’s lead to 13 points.

Spencer Watt scored Toronto’s other touchdown while Waters added the converts and a single. Watt had a TD catch called back due to a penalty call, but struck for one that counted on the next play

Lauther added the converts for Hamilton and a single while the other points came on a safety.
Ray’s 32-yard TD strike to Watt at 13:41 of the second pulled Toronto to within 16-8 at halftime despite plenty of sloppiness on both sides of the ball. Watt had to score twice as his 17-yard grab at 13:35 was negated by a holding penalty before an offside call had the Argos first and 25 from the Hamilton 32.
Toronto was very fortunate to be down by just eight points considering Hamilton had 17 first downs (Argos managed five), had the ball for over 20 minutes and held a 272-137 edge in net yards. What’s more, the visitors were flagged for 10 of the 14 first-half penalties.
The teams finished even in the QB sacks department, each with two.
Both teams blew glorious early scoring chances. First, Hamilton’s Rico Murray dropped a sure pick-six on Toronto’s opening possession before Thorpe recovered a Ticats’ fumble. But the Argos only got a single
at 7:07 of the first as a bad hold contributed to Waters missing from 35 yards out.

Hamilton went ahead 2-1 on a bizarre play as rookie Luke Tasker fumbled inside Toronto’s 10-yard line but Jalil Carter kicked the ball through the endzone for the safety. LeFevour put Hamilton ahead 9-1 with a one-yard TD run at 14:03.
LeFevour capped a 69-yard, seven-play march with a second one-yard TD run at 7:24.

NOTES: Monday’s game was a homecoming for Argos special-teams coach Mike O’Shea, who played at Guelph (1989-’92) and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame . . . Chiles has a team-high eight TD catches for Toronto . . . Kicker Luca Congi and running back Chevon Walker were among Hamilton’s scratches . . . Ray came in with a 78.3 per cent completion average and if he maintains that pace he’d break the CFL single-season mark of 74 per cent held by Calgary offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson.

NEXT ACTION
Hamilton has a home-and-home series with the Allouettes to round out the season. The best Hamilton could finish the season is with a 10-7 record. They are at Percival Stadium next Sunday afternoon, and the two hook up again the following Saturday at Guelph Stadium.

In the fight for 1st in the East, Toronto is in Winnipeg next weekend on Saturday night and the same two teams meet up in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 24.

@Game7overtime

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