The Ticats defeated the BC lions 37-29 Saturday night at Alumni Stadium while wearing their retro Hamilton Flying Wildcats jerseys.
The Cats got on the scoreboard first with a 30-yard field goal from Luca Congi, putting the Ticats up 3 -0 early in the first quarter.
After being pinned deep in their own end the Ticats would concede the safety , making it 3-2 Hamilton.
Paul McCallum gave B.C. its first lead with a 10-yard field goal, putting the Lions up 5-3.
But the lead would be short lived as Henry Burris hooked up with Andy Fantuz for a 37-yard touchdown, making it 10-3 Ticats.
With just over 6 minutes lefts in the first half, Burris found Greg Ellingson for a 7-yard touchdown to extend Hamilton’s lead to 17-5.
On the final play of the first half, McCallum cut into the Tiger-Cats’ lead with an 18-yard field goal, making it 17-8 Ticats at the half.
The Cats came out flying in the second half , extending their lead on the first drive with a 32-yard catch and run touchdown by C.J. Gable.
Burris finished the game 25-of-35 for 375 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Fantuz made 6 receptions for a team high 112 yards and a TD while Greg Ellingson hauled in 7 passes for 111 yards and two scores.
Cats running back C.J. Gable ran 9 times for 49 yards and caught 6 passes for 108 yards and a major.
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Up 24-8, Hamilton rookie Courtney Stephen recovered a B.C. fumble.
Burris then found Ellingson for the second time on the night for a 28-yard touchdown as the Ticats extended their lead to 31-8.
Luca Congi tacked on his second field goal of the day, a 39-yarder, making it 34-8 Hamilton.
But that’s when B.C. made things interesting.
The Lions cut into the deficit on a 1-yard TD run by receiver Shawn Gore followed by a Travis Lulay to Nick Moore 5-yard touchdown.
That made it 34-22 in favour of the Ticats, who quickly responded with another 39-yard field goal by Congi to go up 37-22.
Lulay marched the Leo’s down the field again and found Courtney Taylor for a 15-yard touchdown.
Lulay ended his night 25-for-42 for 313 yards and 2 TDs while his main target was Moore with 11 receptions for 138 yards and a TD.
On the ground, B.C.’s Andrew Harris was held to just 10 yards on 5 carries.
But the Ticats got the ball back with just under two minutes to go, and faced with a 3rd and 1 from their own 31 yard line, head coach Kent Austin put backup QB Dan LeFevour on the field and watched him convert the short yardage run for a first down.
B.C. did get the ball back with 10 seconds to go, but could not complete the comeback and the Ticats held on for a 37-29 victory.
With the win, Hamilton improved to 5-and-5 while B.C. fell to 6-and-4.
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