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WHAT – Tiger-Cats Gameday. East Final Edition
WHO - Edmonton Eskimos @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
WHY – For a trip to the 107th Grey Cup - Next week in Calgary
WHERE - Tim Hortons Field - Hamilton, Ontario
WHEN - November 17 - 2019 - 1:00 PM Kickoff
HOW - Radio: TSN 1150 (Hamilton) - TV Canada: TSN 1/4, TSN 4K TV US: ESPNNEWS
2C - Feels like -1
10% of Rain/Flurries
Wind 14km E
Supplemental Media Info
Here we go. The final home game of 2019 for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and it’s the Eastern Final. We’ve got classic CFL weather too, it’s cold, there’s snow everywhere and you’ve got two classic teams ready to match up for a chance to play for the Grey Cup in a week’s time.
The Edmonton Eskimos made the crossover into the Eastern playoff bracket and took down the Montreal Alouettes on the road last week, but all roads lead through Hamilton.
For some Ticats fans, the return of Trevor Harris brings back bad memories of last year’s Eastern Final, but he’s with a completely different team this year—and the Ticats themselves are a completely different team.
The Ticats and Eskimos met twice during the 2019 season, one was a close contest and one was not. Granted, Harris missed both games due to injury.
In the first meeting, the Ticats walked away with a 30-27 win in the middle of their three-game western road trip. As they’ve done so many times this year, the Ticat’s killer B’s, Bralon Addison and Brandon Banks, led the way on the offensive end. Addison finished the day with eight touches for 155 yards and a touchdown. Banks was right behind him with five receptions and a touchdown. Naturally, Dane Evans also had an impressive night, throwing for 336 yards on 73.3% passing, with three touchdowns and an interception.
On the defensive end of the ball, Simoni Lawrence led the Ticats with eight tackles. Ja’Gared Davis got to quarterback Logan Kilgore twice and Julian Howsare added a sack of his own. Kilgore’s troubles didn’t end there. Jumal Rolle picked him off twice and Frankie Williams picked up his lone interception of the season.
The second meeting came at Tim Hortons Field and it came on a historic night for the Ticats franchise. This was the game where the 99’ Grey Cup team was honoured and Rob Hitchcock’s number 42 was added to the wall of honour.
On the field, the Ticats honoured Hitchcock by putting up 42 points against the Eskimos and walking away with a 30 point victory. Like in the first game, Banks and Addison led the way on the offensive end. Banks tallied 81 yards on eight receptions and a touchdown, while Addison had 53 yards on five receptions. Tyrell Sutton also had one of his best games of the season, running for 88 yards on 11 carries.
But the story of this game was the defence. The defensive line got home a bunch, bringing down Kilgore five times in the game. Lorenzo Mauldin led the way with two sacks, with Ted Laurent, Julian Howsare and Ja’Gared Davis all getting one for themselves. Like in the first meeting, Kilgore was also picked off three times—Richard Leonard had two and Delvin Breaux had the other.
The Ticats and their fans will be hoping for similar results on Sunday when the Eskimos come to town for the Eastern Final. Those in attendance are encouraged to wear black to “blackout? the stadium, as well as to be in their seats for 12:45 to welcome the team to the field.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Tim Hortons Field, tickets are sold out but as of Wednesday night there were a still a few standing room seats available for the game.