Slotback Craig Yeast is the latest sacrificial offering from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Yeast was still wiping away the perspiration when he was told moments after Hamilton’s 29-0 embarrassing loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers that his services were no longer required. The four-year receiver was cut by the Canadian Football League team which left Ivor Wynne Stadium with a 1-6 record. Post-season participation is not looking encouraging.
Two weeks ago head coach Greg Marshall felt the axe. Next week the Ticats travel to Winnipeg to play the same Blue Bombers, who improved to 5-2 on the season.
Going into Friday nights game, the Tiger-Cats had been hearing about their East Division rival Blue Bombers possessed a formidable defence. If they thought those reports were suspect, all doubts were wiped away. On a sultry night, Hamilton produced a paltry 108 yards of total offence, compared to Winnipeg’s 459.
After gaining their first two points of the evening from a pair of punted singles, Blue Bombers running back Graeme Bell extended Winnipeg’s lead to nine with his first career CFL touchdown after catching a three yard TD pass from Kevin Glenn.
Hamilton cornerback Sam Young, making his Ticats debut, intercepted a Glenn pass to shift the momentum in the Ticats favour a few series later but the ‘Cats were unable to put any points on the board.
The Bombers took a 12-0 lead on a 21-yard field goal 1:40 minutes into the second quarter. Winnipeg running back Charles Roberts followed that score by plunging into the end zone to conclude a 10-play 107-yard drive by the Blue and Gold. The Blue Bombers closed out the quarter’s scoring with a 23-yard Troy Westwood field goal and left the first half with a commanding 22-0 lead.
After the third quarter expired without any scoring, the Bombers added to their lead in the fourth quarter when Glenn found former Ticat Chris Brazzell in the corner of the end zone to give Winnipeg a 29-point cushion.
The last time Hamilton failed to score in a CFL game was 55 years ago when Toronto blanked the team 10-0.
EXTRA POINTS: Prior to the start of the game, Ticats receiver Terry Vaughn was honoured for becoming the CFL’s all-time receiver. Former Ticat Darren Flutie, who previously held the record, CFL commissioner Tom Wright and teammate Mike Morreale took part in the ceremony… Quarterback Richie Williams made his Ticat debut, completing two of five pass attempts and rushing once for 16 yards… Earlier in the week, the Cats released defensive back Mike Echols and added defensive back Lawrence Gordon, a 5-11, 175 pound native of Hallandale, Florida who spent his entire collegiate career at Florida Atlantic University.