WINNIPEG -- Henry Burris passed for 188 yards and rushed for a touchdown as the Tiger-Cats closed out their pre-season with a 26-25 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Burris and what looks to be a close resemblance to the Tiger-Cats starting offence began the game with an impressive 63-yard opening drive, culminating with a touchdown scamper by the former Calgary Stampeders pivot to take an early 7-0 lead.
Burris and the ‘Cats would dominate the first quarter in both time of possession and first downs, adding another field goal and taking a 10-0 lead into the second quarter.
The Bombers offence would get on track when Buck Pierce, making his first appearance of the pre-season, would find sophomore receiver Kito Poblah in stride for a 57-yard gain, setting up an Alex Brink one-yard TD plunge a play later to cut the Hamilton lead to 10-7.
Luca Congi would add his second field goal of the game after Burris worked his team down the field on the ensuing drive and stretch the Ticats lead to 13-7.
The teams would trade field goals and head into halftime with the score 16-8 for the Tiger-Cats.
The start of the second half would also signal the end of Pierce and Burris’ night. Quinton Porter would take over for the Tiger-Cats while Alex Brink would enter for the Bombers and both would make an immediate impact.
First, Porter would find WR Aaron Kelly in the back of the endzone for a 29-yard touchdown to go up 23-8, only to be answered on the ensuing drive by a 14-yard strike from Brink to rookie WR Doug Pierce to cut the Hamilton lead to 23-15.