Some game facts by Drew Edwards
[b]Scouting report: Ticats vs. Lions
Hamilton (1-4) at B.C. (3-3), Friday, 10 p.m. B.C. Place, Vancouver | TV: TSN | Radio: CHML
The storyline for Vancouver: Coming off a come-from-behind road win in Calgary, the Lions are trying to establish some momentum after an up-and-down start. Ex-Ticat Kevin Glenn gets the start at quarterback but much of the discussion this week surrounded the imminent return of Travis Lulay, who is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Lulay is on the roster and if KG falters.
What the Lions like to do on offence: In short: get the ball to Andrew Harris. The Canadian running back is a feature of both the passing and running games, while receiver Courtney Taylor has 20 catches for 195 yards in the last three games, the most receptions by any CFL player over that span.
What the Lions like to do on defence: Their two massive defensive tackles — Khalif Mitchell and Eric Taylor — cause major disruptions along the line, freeing up B.C.'s athletic linebackers to rack up the tackles. The secondary is loaded with experience, led by 11-year vet Dante Marsh.
Where Vancouver starts Canadians: Running back Andrew Harris, offensive linemen Hunter Steward, Matt Norman and Dean Valli, receivers Marco Iannuzzi and Shawn Gore, safety J.R. LaRose.
Key injuries: The only player of note is offensive tackle Andre Ramsey, who was the starter at left tackle coming out of training camp but was injured in the first game of the season.
Interesting factoid: West Division teams own a 13-2 advantage against East Division teams so far this season. B.C. is 1-1 against the East while the Ticats are 0-4 against the West in 2014
Five funky Lion stats:
• Winning percentage of Lions quarterback Kevin Glenn in games he has started against the Ticats: .722 (a career high)
•Yards from scrimmage for running back Andrew Harris, who leads the CFL: 722.
•Number of tackles for CFL leader and B.C. linebacker Solomon Elimimian: 49 (21 more than No. 2 man and teammate Adam Bighill.)
•Number of players in CFL history who have 10 or more tackles in three straight games, a number Elimimian can reach against the Ticats: 0
•Turnover ratio in B.C.'s three wins this season: plus-7. In their three losses: minus-8.
The storyline for Hamilton: At 1-4 and having lost a number of agonizingly close games — including a last-play heartbreaker to the Bombers last week — the Ticats need to start racking up some wins just to feel a little better about themselves and ease the mounting pressure.
Where the Ticats will start Canadians: Receivers Andy Fantuz and Sam Giguere, offensive lineman Mike Filer and Tim O'Neill, safety Craig Butler, defensive tackles Ted Laurent and Brian Bulcke, corner Courtney Stephen.
Key injuries: starting quarterback Zach Collaros, back-up safety Neil King, offensive linemen Joel Figueroa, Peter Dyakowski and Greg Wojt.
Interesting factoid: The Ticats have lost three games by margins of one, three and four points this season. Last season, the Tiger-Cats went 3-1 in the four games decided four points or less.
Five funky Hamilton stats:
• Number of times Ticats punter Justin Medlock has pinned an opponent inside the 20 so far this season: 15 (tops in the CFL.)
• Number of players on the Ticats with more than one sack this season: 0
• Number of quarterbacks who lead their teams in rushing: 1 (the Ticats' Dan LeFevour.)
• Number of tackles linebacker Simoni Lawrence will amass this season if he continues at his current pace: 138 (which would break the Ticats single-season record held by Zeke Moreno.)
• Average number of yards gained by the Ticats on second down this season: 3.9 (worst in the CFL)
Connections: Former Ticats on the Lions include quarterback Kevin Glenn, linebacker Jamall Johnson and long snapper Jordan Matechuk. Former Marauder Jason Arakgi is in his seventh season with the club.
Last time these teams met: The Ticats won 37-29 on Sept. 7, 2013, in Guelph on the sorta-but-not-really Labour Day game
Referee: Kim Murphy
TSN play-by-play crew: Rod Black and Duane Forde.
Weather forecast: The game is in a dome and the roof should be open as it's expected to be 25 degrees and sunny.[/b]