Recap: Ticats fall to Stamps, 19-18

The Ticats came oh so close to picking up their first win in Calgary since 2004. However, it was just not meant to be. They had a chance to win it, but Tre Roberson crushed those hopes with his miraculous field goal block in the final minutes of the game.

Ultimately turnovers are what cost Hamilton in this one. Calgary was able to force three of them in this game. The first was a timely interception from the aforementioned Roberson. He was able to get his 6 foot tall frame between Speedy B and the ball at his own seven yard line, denying the Ticats a scoring chance. The other two turnovers were fumbles, one by Brandon Banks and one by Dane Evans.

Early in the game, the Ticats defence did a great job of bending but not breaking. They held the Stamps without a touchdown until the fourth quarter, despite the Stamps getting the ball into the red zone twice and having to settle for Field Goals.

On the offensive end, Dane Evans continued to shine as the starter. Coming off his dominant second half on Labour Day, he threw for 360 yards on 80% passing. He also found Brandon Banks for a 30-yard touchdown pass.

Admittedly, Banks did most of the work on that touchdown, catching the ball at the line of scrimmage and running circles around the Calgary defence all the way to the end zone. Something that comes as little surprise from one of the best to ever do it in this league.

Bralon Addison continued his breakout season with another 100-yard receiving game, his fifth on the year. Addison had eight receptions for 114 yards, he also had three carries for 34 yards, including an 18-yard run.

Anthony Coombs was the primary ball carrier for the Ticats, getting seven carriers for 35 yards, while Banks, Addison, Evans and Jackson Bennett all got carries as well.

The Ticats’ defence did a good job of not letting Bo Levi Mitchell settle in. Mitchell is still looking to regain his form after returning from injury earlier this season. He was held to 60% passing, which resulted in 342 yards and a touchdown.

There was a three way tie for the team lead in tackles. Justin Tuggle, Richard Leonard and Cariel Brooks each recorded six tackles.

It was always going to be tough to win all three games on this road trip. The Ticats will get a chance to even their Alberta record next week when they take on the Eskimos in Edmonton on Friday Night. That game get underway at 9:30 p.m. EDT. They’ll have one more game out west when they take on the Blue Bombers, before they return to Tim Hortons Field to host Edmonton on Friday Oct. 4.

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