The Tiger-Cats can jump into sole possession of first place in the CFL’s East Division Friday night if they beat the visiting Montreal Alouettes.
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5-and-6 Hamilton will try to take advantage of a 3-and-8 Montreal team that has had a rough week.
Days after the Alouettes traded veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn to Winnipeg newly minted starter Rakeem Cato got into a couple of verbal spats with teammates Duron Carter and Kenny Stafford.
Cato also berated a Montreal Gazette reporter after the team’s walkthrough at Tim Hortons Field on Thursday afternoon.
Coming off a 33-21 loss in Toronto on Sunday the Ticats have traded wins and losses over the last five weeks but have an opportunity to move six points up on the last place Alouettes with six games to play.
A Hamilton loss, however, and Montreal is just two points behind heading into the home stretch of the regular season.
With injuries to running back C.J. Gable and offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski the Cats will call upon rookie tailback Ross Sheuerman and left guard Brandon Revenberg, who will both make their first career CFL starts.
Hamilton’s reworked offensive line also places rookie Terrence Campbell at left tackle in place of veteran Brian Simmons.