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Saturday, June 23, 2018


EDMONTON - Jeremiah Masoli continues to prove he deserves to be ranked with the CFL's top quarterbacks.

Luke Tasker and Mercer Timmis each recorded a pair of touchdowns as Hamilton picked up its first win of the season, defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 38-21 on Friday. Masoli completed 19-of-29 pass attempts for three touchdowns, an interception and 332 yards for the Tiger-Cats.

"Hats off to our defence and how good they were,'' Masoli said. "All I can do is be as good as my teammates allow me to be.

"We have so much speed with our receivers, they made it easy for me.''

Ticats head coach June Jones isn't at all surprised with how much confidence Masoli is playing with, despite former NFL quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel sitting on the bench behind him.

"I've been saying it and nobody seems to believe me,'' he said. "He has been pretty spectacular for as long as I have been here, 12 games.

"Jeremiah got out of some trouble and made plays which you need to do in this league. We are lucky to have him.''

Manziel did not play for Hamilton (1-1) and is still waiting to make his on-field CFL regular season debut.

Quarterback Mike Reilly was 20 for 30 with two TDs, an interception and 286 yards for the Eskimos (1-1).

"I thought Jeremiah played a great game tonight,'' said Eskimos head coach Jason Maas. "He was very calm and collected back there. Even when we got pressure, he seemed to get out of it and find somebody. He did that on multiple times tonight. Some of that was on second and long, he made plays. My hat is off to Hamilton, they outplayed us tonight in all three phases and the scoreboard shows that.''

Hamilton had a strong start to the game with a touchdown on its opening drive, a 15-yard passing strike from Masoli to Tasker.

Edmonton came flying back to tie it up just two plays later, though, as Reilly found a wide-open Duke Williams for a massive 88-yard passing TD.

The Tiger-Cats came right back themselves with a one-yard TD run by Timmis with just over five minutes left in the first quarter.

Edmonton got a punt single to start the second before Hamilton extended its lead with a 45-yard passing TD from Masoli to Tasker to go up 21-8.

The Ticats added a 44-yard Lirim Hajrullahu field goal, but the Eskimos responded with a five-yard TD toss to Derel Walker that was set up by a 55-yard pass to Kenny Stafford. The two-point convert attempt failed, leaving the score 24-14 at the half.

Hamilton kept up the pace in the third quarter, with an 18-yard TD pass from Masoli to Brandon Banks.

Edmonton closed the gap a little with 4:37 remaining in the fourth on a one-yard TD plunge by Reilly.

However, the Ticats came right back with a 44-yard TD run by Timmis to put the game away.

Both teams return to action next Friday, with the Ticats playing their home opener against Winnipeg, while the Eskimos host the B.C. Lions.

Notes: The Eskimos, who were riddled with injuries in the 2017 campaign, already had 13 players on the six-game injured list coming into the game. Hamilton had two ... Reilly passed Joe Paopao for 26th in all-time CFL passing ... While not becoming the marathon the Eskimos experienced in Week 1 with storms in Winnipeg, the longest game in CFL history, Friday's game was also delayed 25 minutes due to lightning concerns.

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

That makes things much more interesting, seems like the east won’t be the push overs that every one thinks they will be, That will make it a lot tougher for the western teams.

Clarkenstein said...

Rod why did you take down the comments from the Riders game? I'm sure there were some unkind ones but that's the Rider fanbase. Why not just delete some of the bad ones and leave the rest? Censorship is not good my friend. Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

both bombers and ti-cats are gonna CRUSH the poor riders

rixxgym said...

Rod, I think you might want to rethink your prediction of the Riders being 4 and 1 after the next 3 games

Rod Pedersen said...

Not good for whom?

Rod Pedersen said...

That was Mitch’s prediction, not mine.

Anonymous said...

The loss looked good on the Evil Empire 😀

Anonymous said...

If it's not green koolaid it doesn't get stirred. Don't worry they'll be world beaters again after Montreal

Anonymous said...

Great to see the Ti-Cats Eat Em' Raw in Eskimo land. Things are definitely looking up for our young Brother Oskie and his pals in WeeWeeville! Taking things out of the hands of that old Sk. Football God Mr. Kent Austin is proving to be the right one.

Anonymous said...

Edmonton looked pretty poor all around last night.

Anonymous said...

3 starters in the secondary out with injury 13 on the 6 game, see how any team does with that,

I AM A ROBOT said...

I feel the next 4 games could define the Rider season. Montreal next week should be a good week to get down to fundamentals and play strong on both sides of the ball to build some coffidence and touches but after that its Hamilton @ Rider Nation, BYE week, @Hamilton then Calgary @ Rider Nation. Go 3 - 1 or 4 - 0 we are in good shape. 2-2 we probably finish .500 and maybe cross over 1 - 3 or 0 - 4 and we might as well start looking to next year and find a QB long term to give the young guy some experience cause the west is gonna be a dog fight.

Anonymous said...

There goes my theory of east teams having a disadvantage playing past midnight.

Anonymous said...

Where are all the Eskimo fans now?? They come on this blog and yapped away as if they could never lose another game as long as Mike Reilly was on their roster. Well guess what - the Tabbies handled them quite easily last night!! Sure would like to hear their excuses for this one. And believe me, there will be more losses yet coming their way!!


Anonymous said...

Hey Larry that Ottawa beat down on you and riders fans looked amazing your lucky Montreal in your next opponent but than again they might beat your team team too lol,this als-riders game is an early toilet bowl game to see who is worst in the league .

Morgan said...

The Eskimos got dominated in their own building by a ticats team that they were supposed to beat! what a wonderful home opener for the lowly eskimos hahaha! The Riders and their fans rejoice!!!