Ticats’ Brandon Banks leaves speedy tread marks all over Alouettes

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Brandon Banks led the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to their 14th win by way of a 38-26 Week 20 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

Banks secured a personal and franchise record for most receptions in a season with his 105th grab. It seemed only fitting it was also for a touchdown, his first of three on the afternoon. He put up a career single-game best 201 receiving yards in the game.

Dane Evans was also lights out completing 29-for-36 for 379 yards, four touchdowns and a pick.

Banks could be a pivotal player if these teams meet up again in the East Final. He’s gotten used to torching Montreal this season. He put up a previous season0-high 152 yards in Week 3 and then a respectable 82 the following week against against Khari Jones’ squad.

Tracking Montreal’s receivers, Eugene Lewis eclipsed the 1,000 receiving yard mark early in this one as he passed the century mark in a game for the fourth time this year.

Matthew Shiltz entered the game midway through the second for Vernon Adams Jr. and his touchdown drive helped lead Montreal to a 21-14 lead at the break. Adams went 11-of-14 for 142 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception in limited minutes. Also of note was Jeremiah Johnson’s 105 rushing yards on a season-high 16 carries.

The tides shifted in the third as Evans put two more touchdowns on the board through the air and it was a 28-23 Ticats lead. Their lead slowly grew after that the rest of the way, topped off with Banks’ third touchdown.

The rubber match offered no motivation in the standings as both teams have their eyes locked on November football. The tilt offered players the chance to further build on their seasons while trying to avoid injury.

Both squads will likely rest a bulk of their starters in the final week of the regular season as they face the two non-playoff teams. The Als square up against Ottawa while the Tabbies take on Toronto.