Game Day Preview: Ticats ready for home opener

B.C. Lions (2-1) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-2)
Tim Hortons Field
Saturday 7:30 p.m.
TV: TSN Radio: TSN 1150



The storyline for Hamilton: The Ticats are coming off two straight losses to start the season and are starting a tough stretch that will see them play four straight against tough West Division opponents. A win at the home opener would go a long way to quieting an ever-growing circle of critics.

Key injuries and roster changes: With Will Hill set to miss Saturday’s game due to a suspension for grabbing an official, Keon Lyn will take over at strong-side linebacker and make his first CFL start. Halfback Abdul Kanneh will miss his third straight game despite practising a couple of days this week. American Lamar Holmes will take over at right tackle for the injured Jordan Swindle. Ross Scheuerman gets his second straight start at running back and receiving corps remains unchanged.

Three funky Hamilton stats:

1. In two games thus far this season, Hamilton has led for only 5:02 of play and trailed for 104:19.

2. The Ticats have generated just 416 yards of net offence through the first two games, the lowest output by Hamilton in back-to-back games since Oct. 15 and 21, 2006.

3. The Ticats are the last team in the CFL to host a home game. They also started 2015 with four straight on the road, going 2-2.

The storyline for B.C.: After losing their home opener to Edmonton, the Lions have rattled off two straight wins against East Division opponents. The team flew back to Vancouver after last Thursday’s win over Montreal so will be making the long flight for the second time in just over a week. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings and linebacker Solomon Elimimian lead the way for a Lions team with legitimate Grey Cup aspirations.

Key injuries and line up changes: The Lions released Swayze Waters this week, meaning rookie Ty Long will handle the kicking duties for the foreseeable future. Canadian defensive end Dylan Ainsworth has been added to the suspended list.

Three funky B.C. stats:

1. The Lions are in the midst of three straight road games against in the East Division, the first time in the club’s 64 years.

2. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings in 3-0 as a starter against the Ticats.

3. The Lions have scored 48 out of their 78 total points (62 per cent) in the fourth quarter.

Referee: Tom Vallesi

Weather: Clear 25 degrees with wind out of the west at 15 km/h.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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6 Comments on Game Day Preview: Ticats ready for home opener

  1. Go Cats. Upset the overconfident Lions. If the secondary can make a few plays…

  2. mr62cats // July 15, 2017 at 8:50 am //

    The “three funky Hamilton stats” say it all. The biggest problem to me, even more so than injuries, is the very poor game planning. I hope Luke Tasker’s name is printed in big capital letters on Austin’s play sheet so he can’t forget Tasker is out there on the field. And there are plays that can counter shortcomings of our O-line. The screen for starters. I hope tonight’s first home game of the season will be an advantage but based on what I have seen so far, BC is the better-coached team. I hope I am wrong.(But I sure an getting tired of having to use that last five word sentence.)

  3. Ticat Mike // July 15, 2017 at 9:22 am //

    What constitutes a “funky” fact? How about a more comprehensive head to head analysis of match ups e.g. OL vs DL, run game vs. run defense, etc. relative match up analysis — ? I guess fans watching this game for decades can figure it out for themselves — we’re in big do do. A top knotch effort y all areas of the team, big plays on special teams, big plays everywhere much needed.

  4. Agree with you Mike. As for the funky facts – they aren’t funky they are just plain sad – especially the first two. The team played four straight on the road in 2015 because of the Pan Am games. There’s really NO reason for them to be four weeks into the season before having their home opener.

  5. Ready ?? Seeing is believing. A quick start is essential.

  6. Steady Eddie // July 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm //

    Ready?? As opposed to ‘not ready’ for all this season’s previous games?

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