David Watford’s first begin within the CFL resulted in a win, though none of his drives resulted in a landing.
Taylor Bertolet scored on all 5 area objective makes an attempt and Simoni Lawrence scored a 15-yard interception return for a landing when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats beat the Calgary Stampeders at 11:17 pm at Tim Horton’s Area on Friday.
“I positively felt rusty however I might simply exit and the blokes actually obtained me going,” mentioned Watford.
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Watford made his first begin below the center for the Ticats (3-3) after accidents to Dane Evans (decrease physique) and Jeremiah Masoli (ribs), ending the sport with 19 passes on 22 makes an attempt for 149 yards. Masoli disguised himself as a backup on Friday.
“He did not flip the ball within the first place,” mentioned Ticats head coach Orlondo Steinauer of Watford. “We knew he may very well be weak as a result of he performs with the ball quite a bit.
“It is onerous, he did not take any hits. It’s troublesome to arrange for it. “
Watford was the Ticats’ lead rusher with 10 carries for 35 yards. He obtained a whole lot of help from his staff’s protection and specialty groups, and restricted Calgary to a complete of 279 yards.
Bo Levi Mitchell was 16 for 28 passes for 170 yards and one interception for the Stampeders (2-5). It was the quarterback’s first profession loss to Hamilton after beating the membership of their final 12 video games.
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Mitchell, who has seven interceptions in 4 begins this season, was pulled within the final 2:20 of the sport in favor of backup quarterback Jake Maier.
“I will by no means be good with it simply because I imagine in myself,” mentioned Mitchell of Stampeders supervisor Dave Dickenson’s choice to take him out of the sport. “If I used to be okay with that it might be an issue, however no matter, I am not the coach.”
Each groups struggled to take care of an offensive firstly.
Within the first quarter, Watford went two-and-off on Hamilton’s 27-yard line on his first drive of the sport. However the pivot was given a good area place for its subsequent drive, which started instantly after Calgary’s Richard Leonard fumbled a punt return. Ticats kicker Bertolet hit a 47-yard area objective regardless that Hamilton was 3-0 on the board.
The Stampeders responded once they recovered a ball from a fiddly punt return from Hamilton’s Frankie Williams. Calgary kicker Rene Paredes hit a 31-yard area objective for a 3-3 draw.
Within the second quarter, the Stampeders fumbled their second punt return, this time from Markeith Ambles. Watford made his longest drive of the half, eight video games for 47 yards. Bertolet ended the drive with an 18-yard area objective to provide the Ticats a 35-second lead 6-3 by half-time.
Hamilton collected 110 yards offensive within the first half and displaced Calgary’s 107 yards.
The Ticats first objectives within the second half on the opening run when Bertolet hit his third area objective of the sport from 49 yards for a 9-3 lead.
On Calgary’s subsequent drive, Luther Hakunavanhu for a 74-yard catch that initiated a one-yard landing from Jake Maier for the sport’s first main. Paredes transformed the purpose thereafter to provide the Stampeders their first lead, 10-9, with 11:14 remaining within the quarter.
Hakunavanhu’s catch was his first reception within the CFL. There was extra motion within the choice within the fifth spherical of the 2021 CFL Draft, as begin recipient Hergy Mayala missed the sport with a quad harm.
The Ticats responded with their first landing of the sport, and it got here from protection.
“I used to be simply so comfortable for our soccer staff as a result of we wanted this enhance,” mentioned Steinauer. “They have been secured proper there and the best way he ran the ball (into the top zone) was like a working again.”
Lawrence obtained Mitchell out for a 15-yard landing, then Maleek Irons stormed the ball into the top zone for a two-point conversion that put Hamilton 17:10 forward of Calgary at 6:35 a.m.
Bertolet hit a 19-yard area objective within the fourth quarter that elevated Hamilton’s result in 20-10. He adopted up with a 32-yard area objective late within the quarter for a 23-10 lead.
Mitchell was drawn in favor of backup quarterback Maier for the ultimate 2:20 of the sport.
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Maier scored with Richard Sindani for a 5-yard landing move with rule 16 seconds remaining. The purpose after the reduce Hamilton’s lead on 23-17.
The Stampeders tried an onside kick, however have been unsuccessful, ending any try at a comeback.
Fifteen thousand followers attended the sport at Tim Horton’s Area, the utmost allowed below the provincial authorities’s present COVID-19 protocols.
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