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Game Preview: Ticats @ Eskimos

The Ticats are getting ready to play the second half of their two game western swing Friday night in Edmonton. This will be the first meeting of the season between the 9-3 Ticats and the 6-6 Eskimos.

Hamilton is coming off a tough loss in Calgary at the hands (or elbow) of Tre Roberson’s incredible blocked field goal that would have given the Ticats the lead in the final minutes in Calgary. Edmonton is coming off a bye and might be forced to run with a backup quarterback on Friday night.

Trevor Harris was replaced by former Ticat Logan Kilgore on the first possession of the second quarter in Edmonton’s Week 13 loss to Calgary. Kilgore looked ok in his three quarters of work. He threw for 242 yards on 21/28  passing, he also threw an interception.

As for this week, Harris’ status is unconfirmed and Kilgore is said to be preparing as if he was going to be the starter.

Kilgore was out of football last year, so before signing with Edmonton in the offseason, he was most recently a member of the Ticats in 2017.

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The Ticats swept the season in 2018 with the first win coming in Week 2 at Commonwealth Stadium. Jeremiah Masoli came to play against his former team, throwing for 332 yards, three touchdowns and an interception en route to the 38-21 win.

Brandon Banks and Luke Tasker each had 100 yard games, with Speedy B finding the end zone once and Tasker catching the other two touchdowns. Recently retired Mercer Timmis had 133 yards on the ground with two majors.

Defensively, Richard Leonard picked off Mike Reilly on Edmonton’s final possession, while Ted Laurent got the lone quarterback sack against his old team.

It was a bit of a different story when Edmonton came to Tim Hortons Field in Week 11. Edmonton took a 24-10 lead into halftime and things were starting to look bleak for the hometown crowd. The Ticats turned things around out of the locker room. The defence shutout the Eskimos in the second half and the offence scored nine straight points to get within two points and then got within field goal range with the game on the line. Lirim Hajrullahu lined up from 29 yards out with 23 seconds left and the clock ticking. Tasker had the hold, and Hajrullahu drilled it through the uprights as the clock expired. The comeback was complete, and Hamilton picked up the 25-24 win.

Masoli threw for 419 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. Tasker had 156 receiving yards while Mike Jones added 111 yards.

The defence was able to get to Mike Reilly three times with, Ted Laurent, Simoni Lawrence and Don Unamba all registering a sack.

We don’t have to wait much longer to see how the Ticats will fare against the Eskimos this year. Kick-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. EDT at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday Night.

 

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