Brandon Banks leads Ticats to blowout win over hapless Alouettes

Having been on the losing end of more than a few blowouts early this season, it was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ turn to lay a smackdown on Sunday afternoon.

Brandon Banks scored two touchdowns and racked up 240 all-purpose yards as the Ticats thumped the Montreal Alouettes 43-16 on a lovely afternoon at Percival Molson Stadium, winning a match up between two teams already eliminated from the CFL playoffs. While Hamilton started the season with an eight-game losing streak, the Alouettes have now lost nine in a row.

After trading two-and-outs, the Ticats opened the scoring after generating the game’s first turnover off an interception from former Alouette Don Unamba. Kicker Kenny Allen connected from 25 yards out to give the visitors an early 3-0 advantage.

Montreal quarterback Darian Durant put together a nice drive in response, connecting with Ernest Jackson for a 15-yard touchdown pass to cap it. But the offence would struggle for the rest of the half as six of their eight drives would go two-and-out and the Alouettes wouldn’t score again until late in the fourth with the game well out of reach.

Meanwhile, the Ticats poured on the points. Allen hit three more field goals, including a 48 yarder, while Brandon Banks returned a punt 65 yards to pay dirt, his first special teams touchdown since July 2016, also against Montreal.

Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli finally got the offence into the end zone late in the second with Mike Jones making a nice diving grab in the front corner of the end zone for the major. It gave the Ticats a 26-7 lead heading into half time.

Having mustered just 93 yards in the first half, the Alouettes replaced Durant with rookie Matt Shiltz but the Ticats blitzed him repeatedly and he was largely ineffective. Meanwhile, the Ticats added ten more points in the third off a long touchdown pass from Masoli and Banks and another Allen field goal.

After Hamilton running back Alex Green scored yet another major early in the fourth, a sequence happened that perfectly summed up the Alouettes effort on this day. After moving the ball to the Hamilton one-yard line, Montreal took a penalty and was ultimately forced to settle for a field goal… which they promptly botched.

Zach Collaros replaced Masoli halfway through the final quarter, completing two of three passes for 24 yards before giving way to Everett Golson with under three minutes to play. Masoli finished with 320 yards on 19 of 28 passing and two touchdowns. The Ticats did not turn the ball over.

With the win, the Ticats improve to 5-11 and still have a chance to match last season’s 7-11 mark. The team is also 5-3 under new head coach June Jones, who continues to make a strong case to be brought back next season. If there’s a downside to the win, it’s that the Ticats are all but assured of finishing ahead of the now 3-13 Alouettes, foregoing any chance of the first overall pick in next spring’s CFL Draft.

The Ticats travel to Ottawa next Friday in a game that will mean something to the Redblacks, who are a point behind the Toronto Argonauts in the race for first place in the East and a first round bye. With the playoffs out of reach, Hamilton will at least get the chance to play the role of spoiler.

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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24 Comments on Brandon Banks leads Ticats to blowout win over hapless Alouettes

  1. For everyone who wanted calloros to play you got to see him for a quick 2 and out lol

    • Randy. That is neither true nor fair. He picked up two first downs and then Banks did not come down with a 50-50 ball in tight coverage. They should have given him the second half to shed some rust and be ready for Ottawa.

  2. Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm //

    So who is going to start the “when will Kavis Reed get fired” pool? Dont take to long to get started or we might miss it.

    • I thought the Als were on record they were going to bring him back as GM, but hire a new coach.

      • Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 4:32 pm //

        If i were the owner, i would definitely be rethinking that decision. As GM, Kavis is responsible for the talent on the field, and that talent seems to get worse every game.

  3. manny oliveira // October 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm //

    Banks has flourished under June Jones! Making a case for his value next year! Thanks Kent Austin for the 0-8 start! Feeling like this team under Jones with a few upgrades will be entertaing and scary next season, will see! Go Cats! Always fun to win regardless!

  4. Neither team was playing for anything except pride and jobs now. Ticat players looked like they were on board with that… Alouette players not so much. Perhaps that says a lot about how each side feels about their respective coaching leadership.

    • Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm //

      Agreed. The cats really like june jones, but cant say the same about how the Als feel about kavis, apparently.

  5. Congratulations to the Ticats.

    Interesting to see Shiltz for Montreal. He seems accurate and mobile.

  6. Idiotwind // October 22, 2017 at 4:50 pm //

    Pride left long ago. Jobs likely to follow. Coach Reed calls for a FG attempt down 43-7 in the 4th Qtr. Whaaa??

  7. The Als biggest issue is age — oldest team in the leagues –they need a major rebuild , not sure Kavis is the guy to do it –coach wise –Calvillo has had several roles with the team — time for him aybe to manage the rebuild ! Meanwhile ……OSKEE WEE WEE !!!

    • Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 5:11 pm //

      You are right. Ive said all season that kavis tried to simply reload the team with too expensive veterans , rather than try to rebuild with youth.

  8. Green did not shine in the Black and Gold.The Cats still should be looking for a running back or go national with Mercer Timmis by finding another national as his backup.

    • Cisco. I will say it again. That is neither true nor fair. Besides we have Schuerman. I was hoping that he would get a couple of touches.

      • Green had 47 yards against Calgary and today 40 yards against tired Montreal.This is a fairly poor resume for next season, true fan Amicus.

        • Green also didn’t have that many touches compared to games when he had higher rushing yards. Can’t pile up the yards if the QB doesn’t hand you the ball! And the Ticats DO have a national backup for Timmis – Thomas-Erlington who was drafted last spring. I think he was a game day scratch today.

  9. Antlerman // October 22, 2017 at 6:33 pm //

    Kavis isnt the guy to find the young talent to rebuild this team in a short period. How old is Roy Shivers ?
    Find new Gm and coach asap and blow the team up

  10. Dundas dude // October 22, 2017 at 6:54 pm //

    Good game. This has been a competitive team over the last eight games…I guess I should be thankful for positives heading in to 2018, rather than lamenting what might have been this year. Way to go Cats and hopefully they can win the last two games too. Masoli needs to be re-signed…June Jones and his crew back. Speedy B sure is an Als slayer… like the Speedy B of ‘14!

  11. Ticat Mike // October 22, 2017 at 8:01 pm //

    Dont understand why a comment about the use of Collaros and his future would await moderation. What red flag word did I dare to use?

    • Yes we would like to hear Mike’s view.

    • Steubenville.

    • I had a couple of comments awaiting moderation today but it doesn’t happen too often. I think it’s a random selection unrelated to any content in the comment. I don`t take it as a red flag because of anything said in my comment.

    • I haven’t figured out the criteria either … I just re-post with different wording.

      I have yet to see a post “awaiting moderation” show up.

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