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Recap: Montreal 26, Hamilton 28

CFL.ca Staff

MONCTON – The Hamilton Tiger-Cats improved their record in Moncton to 2-0 as they topped the Montreal Alouettes 28-26 Saturday afternoon at Moncton Stadium.

Saturday’s contest was the fourth ever held in the Maritimes, and the third regular season game in Moncton in the last four years.  The first was in Halifax on June 11, 2005 when the Tiger-Cats faced the Toronto Argonauts in a pre-season game.

Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris was making his second appearance at Touchdown Atlantic after playing with Calgary back in 2011.

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The Tiger-Cats offence, which has been firing on all cylinders for the majority of the season, seemed to be moving the ball with ease on their second possession of the game which opened the scoring.  Burris connected with Onrea Jones twice – for 25 and 10 yards – to set up a 25-yard field goal by rookie Brett Lauther.

Lauther was making his pro debut in place of Luca Congi who had been demoted to the sidelines after missing two key field goals last week in Calgary and Kent Austin felt his team needed a boost in the kicking game.

On the ensuing Alouettes possession, Josh Neiswander put together his most impressive drive of his young career thus far.  Starting in place of an injured Tanner Marsh, Neiswander engineered a 9-play, 80-yard march which was topped by a 33-yard touchdown pass to veteran slotback SJ Green.

Marsh was placed on the nine-game injured list before the game, making Neiswander the undisputed starter going forward.

Following the major though, Hamilton running back Kendial Lawrence fielded the kickoff and gave his team instant field positions, returning 60 yards and setting the Tiger-Cats up inside Montreal territory.

After a pair of first downs, the Als forced a stop and Lauther lined up for a chip-shot 10-yard field goal.  They caught the Als off guard and Andy Fantuz, who was positioned as the holder, pitched the ball to veteran defender Marc Beswick, who fought his way through traffic briefly before waltzing into the endzone for a 10-7 Hamilton lead.

After forcing Burris to toss an interception earlier in the quarter, the Als got their second turnover of the contest when rookie defensive lineman Mike Klassen pounced on a Burris fumble which helped set up a Sean Whyte field goal from 32 yards out to tie the game at 10.

The Als defence has truly come into a zone in recent weeks and Klassen’s recovery was Montreal’s league-leading 35th takeaway of the season.

The Ticats would add a field goal just before halftime and the teams would head to the locker rooms with Hamilton up 13-10.

Neiswander and the Als went right to work as the third quarter go underway as the youngster found Eric Deslauriers for 31 yards while he led a six-play touchdown drive.  A Troy Smith 1-yard plunge put the Als up 16-13 as they missed the extra point.

After Whyte added a 42-yard field goal to extend the lead to six, the Alouettes gave two points back after they conceded a safety on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Als dominated the majority of the previous frame but with one play, all the momentum shifted back to the Tiger-Cats.

With 12:06 remaining in the game, Als returner Tyron Carrier misjudged a punt and fumbled it only to have Ticats’ Louie Richardson pounce on the loose ball.

Three plays later, short-yardage quarterback Dan Lefevour punched it in from 1-yard out as the Ticats reclaimed the lead 22-19.

Lauther would add another field goal on the next possession to put the Tiger-Cats up by six with just over five minutes remaining.

Duron Carter added a 27-yard touchdown with 28 seconds left but it wasn't enough for Montreal to pull off the comeback.

Next week the Tiger-Cats return to Guelph to host the West Division-leading Calgary Stampeders while the Alouettes host the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Fan Comments
Byron Moore
looking forward to troy smith's first start, see how he does. time is running out so we might see him real soon, this weekend would be exciting!
September 24, 2013 - 7:16pm
Neiswander is starting this week, but it would be interesting to see Troy Smith in for a series or two later in the game as he gets acquainted with the Canadian game and the Alouettes.
September 26, 2013 - 11:13pm
Montreal has lost both its first and second string QBs to injury, not to mention all the other injuries on the team. I have not heard a report on AC for a while. I hope he is recovering well - he is certainly not forgotten. This is a good team that continues to fight against adversity, a resilient team, and my hat goes off to Jim Popp. He gets my full support.

September 24, 2013 - 4:20am
als rule
excellent opinion/comment!!
September 24, 2013 - 11:17am
wild horse
How quickly fans get inflated and deflated. Als are moving ahead with Neiswander and Troy Smith. Fans wanted a Dominant D and we have it. Yes, STs are still a problem, and the O is a work-in-progress. But, Alouettes get healthy and keep creating turnovers - They can beat anybody in a playoff game!!!!
September 22, 2013 - 7:53pm
als rule
WH: how quickly you change your tune now gabe?!! out of the final 6 regular season games how many will the als now win?!! the current players with the alouettes have played to the best of their ability BUT it won't be enough!! you can get inflated and deflated faster than any als fan I know except when you go on your ATTACKING RANTS OF AC!!
September 23, 2013 - 12:36am
You have to make the playoffs first. If I were an Als fan I would be more concerned with Edmonton in my rearview rather than winning in the playoffs.
September 23, 2013 - 1:07pm
wild horse
Talk "Turkey", A.R.
September 23, 2013 - 1:39pm
Even a mediocre ticats performance is enough to beat the als... redemption against the stamps next..
September 22, 2013 - 6:22pm
als rule
T15GC: "redemption"?!! the stamps will pound you as you play your mediocre performance game again!! LOL LOL LOL
September 23, 2013 - 12:41am
A big win for the Ticats who are looking like they could be poised to make a deep run in the playoffs however they'll soon run into a huge roadblock in my Argos. As for the Alouettes if can ever get some consistent offensive play to go along with their rugged defence along with cutting down on the costly penalties they still have a chance to salvage their season
September 22, 2013 - 5:39pm
als rule
"salvage the season" sorry not this season!!
September 23, 2013 - 12:37am
Hang in, als rule, the season is not over yet.
September 23, 2013 - 10:24am
wild horse
Ya, give the discouraged Als Fan a Pep Talk.
September 23, 2013 - 3:39pm
Montreal has had a rough stretch, but the season is not over yet. Did not get a chance to see the game, and wonder if Troy Smith got into it, but apparently Neiswander played well. Carter seems to be a find. Feel badly for Carrier.
September 22, 2013 - 3:54pm
wild horse
The Alouettes fought until the last whistle. This Team has Spirit and a lot of Talent. Those writing the Als off, don't know much about CFL Football.
September 22, 2013 - 12:37pm
als rule
WH: I'm not writing the alouettes off just dealing with reality!! as for knowing CFL football the more you talk the more WE know you don't know anything about CFL football!! LOL LOL LOL
September 23, 2013 - 12:35am
wild horse
Sounds like Grapes.
September 23, 2013 - 1:36pm
wild horse
Pick up your towel.
September 23, 2013 - 3:25pm
Special teams definitely brought it home for the Cats. If Gable or Jones can get a feel for the return game I'd be very happy.
September 22, 2013 - 12:21pm
burris always reminded me of guys like glenn, great veteran qb's that still make rookie mistakes. austin is going to be a heck of alot grey'r at the end of this year, lol
September 22, 2013 - 11:44am
als rule
September 23, 2013 - 12:30am
Special teams killed the Ticats last week and saved the team this week. If the offense had played as well as they usually do, this could have been a blowout! Ticats will take the 2 points - pretty or not!!
September 21, 2013 - 9:11pm
als rule
"as well as they usually do, this could have been a blow out" WHAT? man you can't be serious?!! just lucky to win with nothing for an offence!! did you hear TSN's black and forde talking about hamilton's lack of a return game since marcus thigpen left for miami?!! glad these 2 remember chris williams' time in hamilton!! TSN just gets better and better each game!! LOL LOL LOL
September 21, 2013 - 9:37pm
You nailed it about the special teams. I think we found a decent kicker. I've noticed if a team can bother Burris he just can't play well. He seems more concerned with the pressure than reading the defense and making good, quick decisions. 2 more against the Als and I want a sweep!.
September 21, 2013 - 10:16pm
ar - YES If Hank had his usual 300+ yards of offense and a TD or two it COULD have been a blowout or certainly a much bigger win. Even with a lackluster offense we won. Returns were actually a bit better this game than the last one or two. Obviously TSN forgets about CW - but then so have the Ticats!
September 22, 2013 - 1:06pm
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