The Ticats held on to beat Montreal in the 3rd installment of Touchdown Atlantic 28-26.
The Cats wasted no time in putting Brett Lauther to the test for his first career field goal and he would not disappoint with a 25-yarder to put Hamilton up 3-0.
Montreal would quickly respond on the next drive when Josh Neiswander hooked up with S.J. Green for a 35-yard touchdown, putting Montreal in the lead 7-3.
Hamilton would use some trickery for the next score in the game with a fake field goal, Andy Fantuz took the snap and flicked it forward for Marc Beswick who scampered 10-yards for the touchdown, and a 10-7 Tiger-Cats lead.
Sean Whyte tied the game late in the second quarter at 10-10 with a 32-yard field goal.
Hamilton took back the lead on the final play of the half with a 40-yard Brett Lauther field goal, as the Ticats went into the locker room with a 13-10 advantage.
4-and-8 Montreal opened up the scoring in the second half with a Troy Smith 1-yard touchdown run, but Hamilton would block the extra point to keep it a 3 point game, 16-13.
Whyte tacked on his second field goal of the day from 42-yardz to extend Montreal’s lead to 19-13.
After Montreal gave up a safety, Hamilton took the lead back with a 1-yard touchdown rush by Dan LeFevour to put Hamilton in the lead 22-19, midway through the fourth quarter.
The TD run was set up by a Tyron Carrier muffed punt that was recovered by Hamilton’s Louie Richardson on the Montreal 13 yard line.
LeFevour was the game’s leading rusher, carrying the ball 9 times for a game high 62 yards.
C.J. Gable was limited to just 29 yards on 7 carries.
Jerome Messam had 9 carries for only 31 yards for Montreal.
Lauther nailed a 34-yarder for his third field goal of the game, giving the the Ticats a 25-19 lead.
6-and-6 Hamilton continued to put their rookie to the test, and he continued to impress, making his fourth field goal from 25-yards out to push Hamilton’s lead to 9 points, 28-19.
Montreal cut into the lead late in the fourth quarter with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Neiswander to Duron Carter, the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter.
Carter registered a game high 9 receptions for 112 yards and that TD.
But it was too little too late for Montreal as Ticats receiver Onrea Jones recovered Whyte’s onside kick attempt at the end of the game and held on to win 28-26.
Henry Burris had a rough outing.
He was sacked five times, was intercepted once and lost a fumble while throwing for just 176 yards.
That broke a streak of five straight games with at least 300 passing yards.
Saturday’s game also included a number of firsts.
Safety Neil King made his first CFL start, kicker Brett Lauther; cornerback Kevin Barnes, halfback James Rogers and kick returner Kendial Lawrence played their first CFL games; Andy Fantuz threw his first career touchdown; and Marc Beswick scored his first career touchdown.
The Ticats host the Calgary Stampeders Saturday September 28 at 6pm on CHML.