Roughriders leaves the Ticats flatter than the Prairies


The path going back to the drawing board is getting thread bare. But the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are making one more trip after Saturday’s disastrous outing at Ivor Wynne Stadium where the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders showed little mercy in spanking the Tabbies 51-8.


Roughrider looks to see if his D-line held the Cats.
(Photo: Ron Bernardo)

With a 2-9, win-loss record looking them cruelly in the face, the Canadian Football League’s last place team has a week to figure out how they can get win No. 3 when the 5-5 Toronto Argonauts waltz into town for the annual Labour Day classic.

Finding positives from Saturday’s game were harder for the 26,564 faithful than finding Osama bin Laden is for U.S. forces. But two consolations were evident:

  • Home-grown Mike Morreale caught a 42-yard pass that put him over 5,000 career receiving yards in a Ticat uniform. He becomes the ninth Ticat to surpass the mark.
  • The game ended before the Roughriders, who beat Hamilton a week earlier 46-15, could score any more points.

    Ticat defensive back Jykine Bradley (31) misses an interception.
    (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

    In piling up 345 total offensive yards to Hamilton’s token 122 (only 12 by rushing, although that is a misnomer), the Roughriders led 17-1 after one quarter of play, 34-3 to end the first half and 41-4 to start the final quarter.

    Saskatchewan beat the Ticats for the seventh straight time. But even more disheartening is that for the last three home games, the Ticats have not scored a touchdown. In their last three games, all losses, the Ticats have been outscored 117-25.

    It may be appropriate that their next game is on Labour Day. That game starts at 7 p.m. at Ivor Wynne.