TICATS QB DUO PICKUP TWO POINTS IN REGINA
Another week down. Another showcase of quarterback depth. Another win. Following a dominant 38-13 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have moved to 8-8 on the season.
When the Ticats announced the official return of Bo Levi Mitchell, the city of Hamilton had its eyes locked westward on Mosaic Stadium.
It was as if Mitchell had never missed a snap.
The 2x Grey Cup Champion completed four of six passes (66.7%) for 129 yards (21.5 YPA), one touchdown and zero interceptions.
Coach Steinauer was tactful with Mitchell’s planned load management, allowing him to return razor sharp, give Hamilton the early lead and then exit at one hundred percent.
Enter Matthew Shiltz. The veteran signal caller completed 16 of 19 passes (84.2%) for 271 yards (14.3 YPA), two touchdowns and one interception. The Mitchell/Shiltz combo completed 20 of 25 passes (80.0%) for 400 yards (16.0 YPA), three touchdowns and one interception.
Of the many impressive passing statistics put up against Saskatchewan, the most impressive might have been Hamilton’s 16.0 yards per attempt average.
Simply put, it’s nearly impossible to produce 400 yards passing off of only 25 attempts. The fact that Mitchell and Shiltz delivered it as a powerful one-two combo is a testament to the team’s strength and depth.
James Butler’s dominance on the ground (25 carries for 107 yards) kept the Roughriders’ defence honest. It was nearly impossible to account for Butler in the backfield and lock up Tim White (three receptions for 129 yards) at the same time.
So, they didn’t.
Butler tacked on five receptions (off of five targets) for 77 yards through the air. Number nine put up 184 total yards from scrimmage.
Omar Bayless caught three passes for 51 yards and two touchdowns.
The Ticats’ offensive display was the very definition of firing on all cylinders. With another win secured, the team continues to build momentum for the postseason.
Their next challenge? A matchup with the 11-5 BC Lions at Tim Hortons Field this Friday October 13th at 7 P.M. ET.