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Game Preview: Ticats @ Redblacks

The Ticats are in the nation’s capital this weekend, putting their 6-2 record on the line. Both the Ticats and Redblacks are coming off of one score games last week. The Redblacks blew a fourth quarter lead in Edmonton and lost 16-12. Hamilton of course, is coming that thrilling 35-34 fourth-quarter-comeback-win at Tim Hortons Field over the BC Lions.

Quarterback Dane Evans has settled in nicely for the Ticats, since relieving injured starter Jeremiah Masoli in week 7 against the bombers. After throwing an interception on his first play in Regina, Evans is yet to turn the ball over and capped off his 260 yard performance with a game winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes of last Saturday’s game against the Lions. Brandon Banks was on the receiving end of that game winning touchdown pass, continuing his MOP-worthy season. Banks leads the CFL in both receiving yards and receptions, despite missing a game due to injury.

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Hamilton and Ottawa last met in the pre-season when the Ticats picked up a 25-21 victory at TD Place Stadium.

In terms of the regular season, the Redblacks swept the season series in 2018, winning the first game at Tim Hortons Field 21-15. Jeremiah Masoli was incredible with 352 yards passing, adding a touchdown pass but also an interception. Speedy B, was outstanding too, catching nine balls for 113 yards. Masoli backed up his 300 yard performance with another one in Ottawa, throwing for 342 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception. Unfortunately, Ottawa walked away with a 35-31 win. Banks led the way for the Ticats with 133 yards and a touchdown while Luke Tasker found the end zone twice.

Hamilton and Ottawa would clash one final time in the East Final, and unfortunately for the Ticats, it was much of the same. Ottawa broke the hearts of the Hamilton faithful one last time, picking up a 46-27 victory at TD Place Stadium. Masoli had another 300 yard passing game but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the Redblacks.

The Ticats will be hoping to flip the scrip this season, and build an even bigger lead atop the East Division. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Ottawa from TD Place Stadium. The game can be seen on TSN and heard on TSN 1150.

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