Tiger-Cats keep playoff hopes alive with crucial win over Roughriders


Seth Small booted 4 area targets to steer the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to a crucial 18-14 house win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday evening at Tim Hortons Field.

Small’s 29-yard area aim at 12:43 of the fourth quarter staked Hamilton to its four-point lead. It capped a 71-yard, 14-play drive that took 7:38 off the clock.

Saskatchewan had the ball at its 42-yard line with 2:09 remaining and drove to the Hamilton 45 earlier than Cody Fajardo’s third-down cross was incomplete with 1:21 remaining. The Riders acquired the ball again at their very own 23-yard line with 23 seconds to play however Fajardo was intercepted on the Ticats’ 26-yard line by Ciante Evans.

Hamilton (5-10) remained third within the East Division however moved to inside a victory of Saskatchewan (6-10), which is fourth within the West Division. If the Riders finish the common season with extra wins than the Ticats, they’re going to assume the third and last Eastern Conference playoff seed.

Hamilton will face the Calgary Stampeders subsequent week earlier than ending its common season with a home-and-home collection with the Ottawa Redblacks. Saskatchewan, which has misplaced 5 straight video games, heads right into a bye week earlier than ending its common season dealing with the Stamps in a home-and-home.

Kian Schaffer-Baker and Justin McInnis had Saskatchewan’s touchdowns. Brett Lauther added the converts.

Dane Evans scored Hamilton’s landing.

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Tiger-Cats seize vital win over Roughriders in Hamilton

Hamilton defeats Saskatachewan 18-14. The Tiger-Cats (5-10) stay third within the East Division however transfer inside a victory of the Roughriders (6-10), who’re fourth within the West Division.

Hamilton appeared to get a security early within the fourth when Fajardo was known as for intentional grounding whereas in the long run zone. But he was dominated to have been simply previous the aim line however then Jovan Santos-Knox was known as for objectionable conduct, giving the Riders a second-and-seven state of affairs they transformed.

Shortly afterwards, Hamilton’s Micah Johnson took an objectionable conduct penalty, giving Saskatchewan a primary down at its 46-yard line.

Hamilton took the wind to start out the second half and managed two Small area targets for a 15-14 lead heading into the fourth. Small hit from 30 yards out at 14:03 after connecting from 42 yards out at 4:33.

The Riders led 14-9 at halftime because the second quarter ended with a weird play.

After a three-yard boot, Saskatchewan punter Kaare Vedvik tried kicking the unfastened ball. He acquired simply sufficient to bounce it off a Ticat earlier than Riders linebacker Jordan Herdman-Reed recovered on the guests’ 42-yard line at 14:59. Had Hamilton recovered, the Ticats may’ve tried a late area aim.

Small’s 40-yard area aim at 10:17 reduce Saskatchewan’s result in 14-9 because the Riders rode a profitable problem and special-teams turnover to their benefit.

Fajardo put Saskatchewan forward 14-6 with a nine-yard landing cross to McInnis at 5:10. It was arrange by Blace Brown’s block of Michael Domagala’s punt that put the Riders on the Hamilton 13-yard line.

Evans’ one-yard TD run at 11:07 of the primary towards the wind pulled Hamilton to inside 7-6 as Seth Small missed the convert. Evans capped a 56-yard, four-play drive in response to Saskatchewan’s scoring drive.

Fajardo’s 10-yard TD strike to Schaffer-Baker opened the scoring at 8:47. The most decisive level within the seven-play, 77-yard drive was Saskatchewan’s profitable problem when confronted with punting, leading to a face masks name towards Hamilton’s Tunde Adeleke that allowed the Riders to keep the ball.


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