This is it. The final game of the 2019 Hamilton Tiger-Cats regular season and of course it’s against the Argos. With first place locked up and Tim Hortons Field awaiting the winner of Montreal and Edmonton in the Eastern Semi-Final, the only thing left to be decided is the home field record.
Hamilton is currently 8-0 at home with a chance to finish the season with a perfect 9-0 home record.
The Ticats will have a pair of players coming off of monster games last week. Dane Evans threw for 379 yards with four passing touchdowns and an interception. His 72.1% completion percentage is currently enough to break the Ticats’ single season record, passing Zach Collaros’ mark of 66.9%. Speaking of records, Brandon Banks broke his teammate’s single season receptions record, passing Luke Tasker’s previous standard of 104 receptions in a single season. Banks now sits with 112 receptions on the season, after his spectacular game in Montreal. He finished the night with 11 receptions for 201 yards and three touchdowns. With one game remaining, he may have a shot to add on to his receptions record but he—like Evans—probably won’t play the full game, if at all.
In terms of the on the field matchup, these two teams have met twice already with the Ticats winning both games.
The first meeting was an absolute blowout. The Ticats beat the Argos by 50 in Week 2, walking away with a 64-14 win.
Bralon Addison was an absolute monster in this game, catching six passes for 107 yards and catching three touchdown passes. Brandon Banks also joined the 100-yard receiving club, catching seven passes for 105 yards. Banks didn’t stop there, chipping in on special teams as well with a 113 yard missed field goal return touchdown. Jeremiah Masoli threw for 338 yards in the game and had those three touchdown passes to Addison. Sean Thomas Erlington also had an effective game on the ground, chipping in 12 carries for 109 yards.
On the defensive end, Simoni Lawrence, Ted Laurent and Nick Shortill all had QB sacks. Lawrence also added an interception to his line, while Rico Murray had a pick-six right at the end of the game. Gabriel Amavizca also became the first CFL Global player to score points, adding two convert kicks in the fourth quarter.
The second meeting was the labour day contest. This one was a little bit closer, but again the Ticats would pick up the win, beating the Argos 38-27.
Dane Evans had one of the most efficient games in recent memory, completing 83.8% of his passes. These weren’t all dinks and dunks either. He threw for 442 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted twice.
Like they’ve been so often this year, Bralon Addison and Brandon Banks were on the receiving end of many of those passes. Addison led the way with 11 catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while Speedy B had nine catches for 109 yards.
Defensively, Simoni Lawrence led the way with nine tackles while former Argo, Dylan Wynn, picked up the lone QB sack.
The Ticats actually entered the locker room trailing 24-11 at halftime but stormed out in the second half, outscoring Toronto 27-3 in the final frame.
Hamilton will look to rely on their home crowd, like they’ve done all year long, to secure that one final home win before the home playoff game on Nov. 17. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday and the game can be seen on the TSN network.