Ticats make few changes ahead showdown with Calgary

News, notes and roster changes ahead of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ crucial game against the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night.

Game 15
Calgary Stampeders (12-1-1) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-10)
Tim Hortons Field
Fri., Oct. 13
Game time: 7 p.m. EST
TV: TSN Radio: TSN 1150

The storyline for Hamilton: The Ticats need to win against Calgary to maintain control of their playoff destiny. A loss by Hamilton followed by an Ottawa win in Saskatchewan later Friday would eliminate the Ticats from post-season contention. A loss by both teams would mean the Ticats would have to win their remaining three games to claim second in the East while a Hamilton win and Ottawa loss would close the gap to just three points. Got all that? In short, a loss could be catastrophic.

Key injuries and roster changes: New kicker Kenny Allen comes on the roster to replace the injured Sergio Castillo, who is done for the season with a torn ACL. Other than that, head coach June Jones has elected to stay with the same line up that won last week in Winnipeg

Five funky Hamilton stats:

1. Jones has a 4-2 record and .667 winning percentage since taking over on Labour Day. No mid-season replacement has ever posted better than a .400 winning percentage in Ticat history.

2. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has not thrown an interception in his last three games and has now gone 110 straight passes without one, the longest active streak in the CFL. Masoli’s 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio in 2017 is an improvement on his career mark of 1.20:1.

3. Masoli posted a career-high 82 per cent completion rate in last week’s win over Winnipeg and completed his last nine passes of the game. It was the second time in his career he has beaten a club that was over .500 coming in.

4. Running back Alex Green has started two games and produced 237 rushing yards for an average of 118.5 yards per game and includes seven runs of 10-plus yards and four of 20-plus. His average is up to 7.2 yards per carry in 33 attempts.

5. In their four wins this season, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have committed exactly one turnover. They have also lost the time of possession battle in three of the victories.

The storyline for Calgary: The Stampeders have already secured a home playoff date but a win over Hamilton and a Winnipeg loss Saturday against B.C. would lock up first place in the division and a date in the Western Final on Nov. 19. The Stamps are 12-1-1 and have won ten straight but their loss came to Montreal in Week 4 and the tie was against Ottawa in Week 1.

Key injuries and roster changes: Canadian running back Jerome Messam as well as receivers Kamar Jorden and DaVaris Daniels return to the line up while dynamic returner Roy Finch is sidelined with an ankle injury. The Stamps have some big names on the injured list – linebacker Deron Mayo, defensive end Cordarro Law, offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu – and it doesn’t seem to matter, they just keep rolling.

Five funky Stampeder stats:

1. Calgary’s record coming off a bye is remarkable and they are 15-0 since 2005. Their last loss after a week off came on July 1, 2015 against Toronto. Calgary is also 9-0 in those post-bye games on the road and has outscored opponents by an average margin of 14.5 points.

2. Head coach Dave Dickenson is off to a 27-3-2 (.875) start to his career, easily the best mark in any coach’s first two seasons in the CFL’s modern era since 1950.

2. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell’s career winning percentage is now .862 (55-8-2.) Hamilton is one of three clubs he has yet to lose to, going 8-0 with an average margin of victory of 12.9 points –though five of the eight games have been decided by six points.

3. Calgary has now recorded two wins this year by 48 or more points including a 60-1 triumph over Hamilton in the first meeting. That makes them one of four teams in CFL history to have two wins by 48 points or more in the same season.

4. Kicker Rene Paredes comes into this game with a current streak of 18 consecutive field goals made, including four-of-four from 40 yards and out. He has now made 39 of his last 41 FG attempts.

5. Paredes is now the CFL’s most accurate kicker of all-time with a career mark of 86.8 per cent.

TSN play-by-play: Rod Black and Duane Forde

Referee: Andre Proulx

Weather: Partly cloudy, 18 degrees, winds out of the southwest at 20 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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23 Comments on Ticats make few changes ahead showdown with Calgary

  1. Stamps are due for a loss, and no better time than tomorrow night against the ‘Cats.
    Buy a ticket and avoid the Black-Forde show on TSN.
    Should be fun!

  2. Brian Lower // October 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm //

    I was all reved up until the second to ast line and the third to last line

    • Billinburlington // October 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm //

      It was the last line that got me… “winds out of the southwest at 20 km/hr”. I ask “for how long”?

      This game is at Tim Hortons Field after all. By the start of Q2 wind will be from the north east; Q3 no wind at all and in Q4 from the south west gusting to 80km/hr.

    • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm //

      Lol. Rest assured, someone will get flagged for offside on “turd and tree.”

  3. No Proulx… ughhh

  4. TicatsQ93 // October 12, 2017 at 3:24 pm //

    Proulx really isn’t that bad of a ref. Sure, his crew isn’t the best, but over the last couple of seasons he’s been consistent and fair when reffing ticat games (at least)

  5. Calgary really should be resting some starters and with the way Hamilton has treated quarterbacks this year. Coleman has knocked BC and Ottawas on to the 6 game list and last week Nicoles never made it to the second half.

    • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm //

      The Stampeders have four games left, and presuming a bye week before the West Final… resting starters at this point seems a bit ludicrous, doesn’t it?

  6. White Horse // October 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm //

    Garney…The big difference in QB’s going down is Stamps O-Line is the leagues best. BLM has taken way less hits than any other QB in the league.
    Why would they rest starters. They are off a bi-week. They still have 4 games remaining.

    • But BLM has taken some hits and as they say – it only takes one! 🙂

      Agree ticats63 – Ticats have at times played a very close game against the Stamps and on a number of occasions their losses to them have been by narrow margins – like a last second FG. I’ve actually picked the Ticats (with a low confidence level of course) to come up on the winning end of this game so I guess we’ll see if I’m right. That’s why they play the games!

      • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm //

        Don’t drive, you might get into an accident. Don’t fly, the plane might get hijacked. Don’t play, you might get injured, and with only five or six weeks until the playoffs, you might not recover in time to play in those games. Don’t bother responding… it may not make any sense.

  7. Lindsay Wilcox // October 12, 2017 at 4:58 pm //

    Drew, how did the new kicker do handling the wind and rain the last 2 days ?

    I wonder if on the Ticats’ first drive they do something sneaky, like a fake to Banks and a bomb to Quinn or Saunders on the other side ?
    OR do the Ticats stick with what worked last week, balanced attack and drives, all game ?

    • Your right, Lindsay, the Cats will need a bag of tricks to defeat this unbeatable team because an off- balanced attack is all they will give the Cats.Sharp thinking.

      • Previous Cats teams that were not balanced on offense were able to take Calgary to the wire so I am not sure why balance on it’s own is not enough for some.

        I’m all for having extra stuff but at times, it backfires.

  8. I expect a very close game, flip a coin on this one.

  9. It’s all in the ‘Cats control…amazing!

  10. I believe this game could turn out to be one of the best this year..to watch.
    And with the Cats surging and playing for a playoff spot..
    I call this one for Hamilton…by 10 points.

  11. Dundas dude // October 12, 2017 at 11:23 pm //

    Notwithstanding all the optimism here (which I also share) I’m gonna be cheering for the Riders too. Go Cats! Calgary is in for one hell of a game… “boys, avenge me. Avenge me!”

  12. You are crazy S J…but then again so am I! Yeah, I’ll go 10 too…even with the “Proulx factor” not withstanding.

  13. Mother of God, is there ever a TC game that is critical that Proulx is NOT officiating? Does the CFL not have any other refs in the pool? Quite frankly this guy should be banned from officiating any TC games, never mind important ones, period. So get ready fellow TC fans…you can already handicap any borderline calls in favour of the Stumps.

  14. If the front 7 can play well for the TiCats then they’ll have a chance

  15. CFLs Best since 1990 // October 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm //

    I’m pleased that TiCat fans are rejuvenated, it looks good on you.

    The whole Proulx costing the Grey Cup game… you folks really believe that wasn’t a blocking in the back penalty? Or, you just think it should have been let go? I understand that you don’t want to ‘get over it,’ but disputing actual penalties as if they weren’t seems a bit contrived… it’s like you’re trying to justify against an outcome that was justifiably legitimate.

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