HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats showed why they are the team to beat in the CFL Eastern Conference as they rode their big-play offence and a solid defence to a 41-10 win over the Alouettes Friday night at Tim Horton’s FieldMontreal kept this game close for a while. The score was 0-0 after the first quarter and Hamilton led 15-3 at the half, but any hopes of a comeback were dashed early in the third quarter.The Tiger-Cats scored on their first drive of the half with Jeremiah Masoli hooking up with running back Sean Thomas Erlington. Linebacker Patrick Levels was covering Erlington as he came out of the backfield and he forgot the cardinal rule — if the pass is caught, you have to tackle the receiver. Levels missed and what should have been a 25-yard gain turned into a 75-yard touchdown play as Erlington sprinted away from defensive-back Ty Cranston.Masoli used big plays to give Hamilton two touchdowns in the second quarter. He threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Bralon Addison for the first Hamilton touchdown, but the key play in the drive was a 42-yard pass to Brandon Banks.Banks caught seven passes for 152 and rushed 30 yards for a touchdown later in the second quarter. It was Banks’s ability to weave his way though the Montreal secondary that produced the score.
Tiger-Cats defensive back Cariel Brooks gets into the face of Alouettes fullback Spencer Moore during first half Friday night in Hamilton.
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Masoli accounted for Hamilton’s final touchdowns in the fourth quarter with runs of nine yards and one yard.Montreal had a scare late in the second quarter when Vernon Adams Jr. limped off the field after he broke a tackle and completed a shovel pass to avoid a sack. Matt Shiltz started the second half, but Adams returned on the second possession. Adams threw a 27-yard pass to Jake Wieneke for the lone Montreal touchdown.Adams found himself under constant pressure and was sacked five times, while Shiltz was sacked once.The Alouettes did some good things.The Ticats should have had another touchdown when they were handed a first-and-goal situation late in the second quarter after Greg Reid was called for pass interference in the end zone. Dane Evans came in for Masoli and failed to push the ball across the goal line. He was stacked up on his first two attempts and fumbled as he went over the top on his third attempt.And another Hamilton drive ended in the fourth quarter when Greg Reid picked off a Masoli pass in the end zone for his second interception of the game. Tommie Campbell also picked off a pass.Montreal also showed off some creative play-calling.A 68-yard drive in the first quarter put the Alouettes in position for a 46-yard field-goal attempt, but Montreal elected to punt the ball and Boris Bede’s coffin-corner kick pinned Hamilton in on the five[-yard line.Coach Khari Jones showed that he wasn’t afraid to gamble. He went for it on a third-and-two situation late in the second quarter and was rewarded when Adams found B. J. Cunningham with a 16-yard firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/zababes1Related