The Ottawa Redblacks still occupy first place in the East Division after beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30-29 Friday night in Hamilton.
The Ticats got off to a quick start when Jeremiah Masoli threw a 34 yard touchdown to Terrence Toliver for a 7-0 lead 3:14 into the game.
Ottawa responded with a 10 play drive but settled for a 31 yard field goal by Chris Milo.
Quarterback Henry Burris capped off an impressive 11 play drive with a one yard TD run to give the Redblacks a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.
The former Ticats pivot was at it again about five minutes later when he ran for a six yard major to extend Ottawa’s lead to 17-7.
The Cats and Redblacks traded turnovers late in the first half, two of which were intercepted passes from Masoli, the other, a Burris fumble.
Milo added to Ottawa’s lead just before halftime with a 27 yard field goal, making it 20-7 for the Redblacks.
3:52 into the second half, Masoli threw a 5 yard touchdown to John Chiles, his first TD reception in a Black & Gold uniform, which trimmed Ottawa’s lead to 20-14.
The Cats regained the lead, 21-20, on a 4 yard touchdown run by CJ Gable who ran untouched into the endzone.
But about 90 seconds later Burris heaved a 62 yard touchdown to Earnest Jackson that put Ottawa back on top, 27-21.
Hamilton came back again when Masoli tossed his third major of the game, a 20 yard strike to Junior Collins, as the Cats went up 28-27.
After a controversial non-call on an apparent Ottawa fumble deep in Hamilton territory Milo booted a 35 yard field goal to give the Redblacks a 30-28 lead.
Hamilton settled for a single after Brett Maher was wide right on a 47 yard field goal attempt.
The Ticats will try to end a season worst three game losing streak when the two teams meet again next Friday night in Ottawa.