Ticats top Aloulettes
MONTREAL—This time around, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were happy to see a Quinton Porter comeback bid fall short.
Lindsay Lamar scored on an 88-yard punt return as Hamilton held on for a 33-26 win over the Montreal Alouettes last night in the CFL pre-season opener for both teams.
“I thought the effort was outstanding,” said Hamilton head coach Kent Austin, who won in his first CFL game since 2007, when he coached Saskatchewan to the Grey Cup.
“We played really hard for the entire game.”
Ticats’ QB Jeremiah Masoli scored on a one-yard run 1:13 into the fourth quarter to put Hamilton up 33-12 in front of a Percival Molson Stadium crowd of 20,174.
Porter threw a pair of touchdown passes as Montreal mounted a comeback bid.
The former Ticats’ quarterback connected with Kenny Stafford on a 75-yard touchdown 3:04 into the fourth to draw the Alouettes within 33-19.
Porter also threw a 20-yard touchdown to Tyron Carrier at 10:34.
“We knew it just takes a couple of big plays like that and things can change, but I just wish we could have kept more going at the end there,” said Porter, who spent the last five seasons with Hamilton.
“We just ran out of time.”
Brett Lauther kicked a 14-yard field goal for the Tiger-Cats in the third quarter after Hamilton conceded a safety.
As happy as he was about his team’s effort, Austin saw plenty of areas of the Ticats’ game that he wants to improve.
“We’ve got to clean up a lot of things,” stressed Austin, who coached Cornell for the last two seasons after spending two years as the offensive co-ordinator at the University of Mississippi, his alma mater.
“Too many penalties, especially on special teams,” he noted.
“We’ve got to eliminate some of those mistakes, and we will,” Austin vowed. “We’ll be better with our assignments next week.”
LeFevour completed 10-of-19 passes for 149 yards in the first half.
“I thought we moved the ball pretty well,” LeFevour said. “We moved the ball consistently.”
Chris Jennings scored a touchdown on a one-yard run as the Alouettes took a 7-0 lead 2:28 into the game, which marked Montreal head coach Dan Hawkins’ pro coaching debut.
The veteran U.S. college coach replaced Marc Trestman, who left Montreal to become the Chicago Bears’ head coach.
“He was great,” Porter said. “He’s got a great attitude and he kept a positive attitude.
“Even when we were down, he’s not getting on guys and as pros we really appreciate that.”