The Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28-24 Thursday night at Tim Hortons Field.
The loss drops the Cats to 1-and-2 on the season, identical to Winnipeg’s mark.
Former Ticats kicker Justin Medlock opened the scoring when he drilled the opening kickoff 90 yards for a single and a 1-0 Bombers lead.
On Hamilton’s first offensive series, Luke Tasker fumbled at the Hamilton 40 and Winnipeg pounced on the loose pigskin.
But a two and out forced the Bombers to try a field goal, problem was, holder Weston Dressler was not on the field and Winnipeg took a 5 yard delay of game penalty.
That forced Medlock to attempt a 51 yard field goal which he pushed wide right and Hamilton speedster Brandon Banks returned it 120 yards for the game’s opening touchdown and gave the Cats a 7-1 lead just three minutes into the contest.
After a methodical 6 minute drive, Medlock connected on a 24 yard field goal to cut Hamilton’s lead to 7-4.
Medlock hit an 18 yarder to tie the game 7-7, then missed another attempt from 51 yards for a single.
Ticats QB Jeremiah Masoli, who lost a fumble earlier in the quarter, was intercepted by Bombers defensive back Maurice Leggat who returned it for a 50 yard touchdown and a 15-7 Winnipeg lead.
Macho Harris then recovered the ensuing kickoff at the Hamilton 24 yard line and the Bombers punched it in from 8 yards out when Drew Willy found Ryan Smith for the score.
On the last play of the first half, Brett Maher hit his first field goal at home, a 48 yarder, to make is 22-10 for Winnipeg.
On the opening kickoff of the third quarter Hamilton’s Mike Daly recovered a fumble which led to a y yard touchdown pass from Masoli to Andy Fantuz.
Winnipeg padded their lead to 25-17 midway through the 3rd period when Medlock nailed his third field goal of the game, a 38 yard kick.
Hamilton trimmed the Bombers’ lead to 25-24 after Masoli threw a 34 yard touchdown to a wide open Chad Owens.
Medlock kicked his fourth field goal of the game with 5 seconds left in the third to stretch Winnipeg’s lead to 28-24.
Mo Leggatt intercepted Masoli for the second time, Hamilton’s fifth turnover of the game, as the Ticats were driving at the Bombers’ 22 yard line.
The Ticats have not started a season 2-and-1 since 2009.
The Cats next play Friday July 15 in Montreal, the first of four straight road games for Hamilton.
Their next home game is August 20 vs. Saskatchewan.