Realty One

Friday, October 14, 2016


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HAMILTON - Henry Burris hadn't started a game at quarterback since mid-August, but the only thing that seemed worse for wear was his voice.

The 41-year-old was hoarse talking to reporters after his Ottawa Redblacks hung on for the win to take first place in the CFL East with a 30-29 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night in front of 23,868 very loud fans at Tim Horton Field.

Burris completed 27-of-39 pass attempts for 393 yards, one touchdown and one fumble. He also rushed for a one-yard and a five-yard TD in the first half against his former team.

"It just felt good to get a big win, especially on the road and be back out there with the guys and having a chance to put something together,'' said Burris, who was making only his fifth start of the season after being injured (finger) and then losing his job to Trevor Harris. He hadn't started under centre since Week 9 in mid-August against Montreal.

"I mean, you gotta do your job and it's just good to be able to get things in synch, be able to see the field without (having been out there for so long) and being able to get back in the rhythm that I'm working so hard to get back into. But just making good decisions with the ball tonight, that was the most satisfying.''

Ottawa stops a two-game skid and solidifies its spot atop the CFL East standings with a (7-7-1) record. Hamilton (6-9) loses its third in a row but remains in second.

Ernest Jackson also grabbed a 62-yard pass-and-run for Ottawa. All their touchdowns came in the first half.

Ottawa kicker Chris Milo hit all three field-goal attempts, from 31, 27, and 35 yards.

Terrence Toliver, John Chiles, CJ Gable, and Junior Collins scored TDs for Hamilton. Hamilton quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, starting for Zach Collaros who is out with a concussion, completed 25 of 32 attempts for 278 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Hamilton kicker Brett Maher missed his only attempt of the night, a 47-yarder wide right for a single that would have given the Ticats a lead in the final 2:23 but instead pulled them up just short to 30-29 and Ottawa was able to run out the clock.

Ottawa had a 20-7 lead heading into halftime, but Hamilton took brief leads of 21-20 and 28-27 as the game wore on.

"Football's a game of momentum swings,'' said Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell. "And we had a good demeanour about us tonight in that we were just working the game and getting ready for the next play and finding a way to make the plays in the fourth quarter to get it done. We were on a good emotional level tonight in that we weren't too high, we weren't too low, we were just focused on the task at hand.''

The two teams meet again next week in Ottawa.

Hamilton head coach Kent Austin was particularly angry with a call with 6:57 left in the game when Ottawa receiver Greg Ellingson appeared to have fumbled the ball on the Hamilton 10. Austin challenged the call, and the eventual ruling called it an incomplete pass. Ottawa kept the ball and kicked what would be the game-winning field goal.

"It was huge,'' he said, speaking carefully having just returned from being banished to the spotter's box for a game due to physical contact with a ref. "That won the game for them. I thought it was a fumble. I respect the job of the replay officials in Toronto.''

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

Henry could still be playing in the CFL for many more years, our own George Blanda!

(For you younger folk: Blanda retired after 26 years in the NFL at age 48.)

John Knight said...

Looks like the wee wees are dropping lower and lower every game. LOL

Heptiro said...

How many steps does a receiver have to make before it is confirmed a completed pass. Ellingson took at least 3 before he started to fall.
Who are these blind know-it-alls who are judging in the Command Centre? I thought the reason for cameras was to get it right? How can that not be a completed pass and either a fumble or down by contact?

These idiots are ruining the CFL and need to go. They have to be the most incompetent officials in the history of sports. I am not an Austin Fan nor a Ti-Cats Fan I cheers for the Riders, live in Regina and am PISSED.

Rally Driver said...

Heptiro, The entire CFL nation was baffled by the Phantom Incompletion including the TSN panel. When Matt Dunigan read out the reasoning for the call, it still made no sense. The league, the governors and "Jeff" are trying to make a simple game difficult and they seem to be succeeding. I didn't care who won the game, but I hate to see the officials leaving such a huge impact on the outcome.

Anonymous said...

The TSN group needs to be put in there place no matter what deals they have with the CFL…I am sure any CFL fan can actually tell by the way they talk that they figure they can influence any part of this league at any time…they will ruin this league if Orridge doesn't put his heels in and he won't…we need COHON back to save this league from what is happening.Matt Dunigan has had probably one to many concussions and is tough to even try and follow while he is talking…Jock Climie, when were you ever a good CFL player first of all and why do you think you should have anything to say about the rules…only guys I can say I like of this group is Milt and Schultz.