Hamilton quarterback Jeremiah Masoli did not like the taste of losing the way the Tiger-Cats did in Week 9.
The Ticats blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead and ultimately lost 23-20 in overtime to the Montreal Alouettes. Hamilton had a fumble and three separate three-and-outs prior to a three-play drive that led to a 55-yard Taylor Bertolet field goal at the buzzer which forced the extra frame.
“Just still kind of salty about losing like that. It was tough, we gotta learn from that,” Masoli said post-game.
“We gotta do a better job taking care of the ball. If we take care of the ball and have a lot less mistakes, even a couple, I think we win that game.”
It certainly was there for the taking for the Ticats. Hamilton was outscored 17-3 in the final 15 minutes of regulation time despite controlling the game for the first three quarters. One fumble by Bralon Addison led to a touchdown and another by Sean Thomas-Erlington in OT gave the Als a victory.
“You just can’t play that way and expect to win, you’re leaving it up to chance, that’s the bottom line. We can’t turn the ball over, we gotta make our plays. You’re always flirting with disaster anytime you’re cooking with that recipe,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said.
“It’s pretty evident from our standpoint as to the whys. It’s going to be a matter of not making the same mistakes repeatedly or else it’s going to be really challenging for us down the stretch.”
Masoli protected the football for the entire game. He completed 23-of-33 passes for 223 yards with no touchdowns but zero interceptions and added three carries for 17 yards. It was his first start since Week 2 of the season when he suffered an injury to his ribs in a loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
“Timid… nah definitely not. I definitely was trying to settle in and get the feel of it, but definitely not timid. It was OK, I definitely gotta play better,” Masoli said.
“I don’t know if safe is a great word. I know that he was trying to avoid the mistakes and sometimes that may have cost us, but I don’t question any of those decisions,” Steinauer said.
It was Steinauer’s first loss (12-1) at Tim Hortons Field as a head coach while the Ticats dropped to 4-4 and Masoli 0-3 as a starter on the season.