The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will try to get back on the winning track when they host the B.C. Lions Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.
Kickoff on AM900 CHML is at 4pm.
And the Ticats not only have an opportunity to avenge last Friday’s loss in Vancouver, but a win would also give Hamilton a share of first place in the CFL’s East Division.
The 4-and-5 Cats are currently tied with Montreal for second in the East, two points behind Toronto.
The Alouettes and Argos meeting Sunday.
Cats QB Henry Burris says the rematch is “a chance to make amends for what happened in Vancouver.”
But Ticats defensive end Brandon Boudreaux and fullbacks John Delahunt and Dahrran Diedrick will not play due to injury, and linebacker Rico Murray will replace Raymond Brown at the shortside cornerback position.
Brown was burned for a couple of big plays in B.C. last Friday and has been moved to the team’s practice roster.
The Lions will be without injured linebacker Solomon Elimimian, who left last week’s game with a leg injury.
Burris says even though B.C. will be without one of the best defensive players in the CFL, he says fellow linebackers Adam Bighill and Anton McKenzie are no slouches.
As for Hamilton’s offence, Burris says they’re at their best when they put themselves in second and medium situations, “and that’s what we’re gonna try to do in this game, mix things up, keep them off balance,” and get running backs C.J. Gable and Tavoy Moore involved offensively.
The Ticats are 2-and-2 at Alumni Stadium this season while the Lions are 1-and-3 away from home.
The Ticats will also be wearing retro uniforms Saturday that are similar to those worn by the 1943 Grey Cup champion Hamilton Flying Wildcats.
They feature red jerseys with white numbers and black and white striped shoulders, red pants, red socks and white helmets.
Fans can purchase the Wildcats jersey at the Tiger-Cats online store at ticats.ca or at the TigerTown Store at 1 Jarvis Street.
Founded in 1941, the Hamilton Wildcats competed for nine seasons before merging with the Hamilton Tigers in 1950 to form the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
In 1943 and 1944, the team used the nickname Flying Wildcats to recognize the Royal Canadian Air Force personnel playing on the team.
The 1943 Flying Wildcats squad defeated Winnipeg R.C.A.F. in the 31st Grey Cup championship 23-14 at Varsity Stadium in Toronto.
The Ticats will honour Paul Peterson, a native of Waterloo who played on both offense and defense for the Flying Wildcats in 1943, during the halftime show at Alumni Stadium.
And the game worn helmets and jerseys from Saturday’s game will be auctioned off later this season.