CFL 2009.10.31: Tiger-Cats 24 – Roughriders 6

Considering the two previous home losses, it was fair to wonder whether spectators attending the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Halloween game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders would be in for a trick or a treat.

Mother Nature was leaning more towards tricks with 60 km/h wind gusts that bent the poles holding the netting behind the east goalposts and had the south grandstand light standards swaying.


The wind blew advertisements off the wall along the south grandstand.


Stadium workers carry away one of the poles bent by the wind.


Cadets have trouble controlling flags for the national anthem presentation.

But in light of the weather, the Cats started aggressively, something not often seen throughout the season.


One difference this time was that Kevin Glenn was the starting quarterback, and was brave to throw in the strong wind. It helped that the Cats had the wind to their backs for the first quarter and were able to use that advantage to score 11 points.


The D didn’t waste much time. Garrett McIntyre (71) celebrates recovering a Roughriders fumble with defensive back Geoff Tisdale (9).


Tiger-Cats linebacker Ray Mariuz (44) tackles Roughriders wide receiver Jason Armstead (2) on a punt return after the Cats couldn’t take advantage of the fumble.


Tiger-Cats linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25) punches the ball loose from Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant (4), which the Tiger-Cats recovered.


Glenn didn’t waste any time…


… and a few passing plays later found wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4) open for a touchdown.


Arland Bruce III (4) celebrates his touchdown in front of the TV camera.


Tiger-Cats defensive back Dylan Barker (20) picks off a pass by Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant for his first CFL interception…


… and celebrates with linebacker Jamall Johnson (28).


Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Marwan Hage (62) keeps an eye on the Roughriders D..


Wide receivers Marquay McDaniel (6) and Dave Stala (88) were both key in sustaining Tiger-Cats drives.


Head coach Marcel Bellefeuille confers with quarterback Kevin Glenn (5) during a break in play as quarterback Quinton Porter (12) and quarterback Adam Tafralis (17) look on.


Unlike the previous home game, Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra’ Cobb (14) was a huge contributor with 159 yards on 25 carries. Here he rushes for a touchdown and simultaneously breaks 1000 yards for the season.


DeAndra’ Cobb (14) celebrates the touchdown with wide receiver Dave Stala (88), offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed (64), wide receiver Drisan James (11) and offensive lineman Alexandre Gauthier (66).


Tiger-Cats linebacker Jamall Johnson (28) tackles Roughriders slotback Andy Fantuz (83) for his 100th tackle of the season.


Tiger-Cats defensive end Garrett McIntyre (71) pressures Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant (4).


Tiger-Cats linebacker Otis Floyd (35) breaks up a pass intended for Roughriders running back Wes Cates (20).


And celebrates with defensive back Chris Thompson (26).


And literally moments later Floyd hounds Cates again with help from defensive tackle Darrell Adams (97).


And celebrates again.


According to the camera’s clock, this play one minute later (in real time as opposed to game time) sees Floyd (35) and defensive lineman Khari Long (94) sack Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant (4).


Certainly reason for more celebration.


This play in which Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra’ Cobb (14) was tackled by Roughriders defensive tackle Keith Shologan (74) gave Ticats fans pause…


… as Cobb was slow to get up, but he soon did.


Wide receivers Marquay McDaniel (6) and Dave Stala (88) continued their fine play. Stala finished with 126 yards on nine receptions while McDaniel contributed 75 yards on seven receptions.


Another scary moment as Tiger-Cats wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4) is pushed back awkwardly into running back John Williams (23) by Roughriders defensive back Tad Kornegay (24).


Tiger-Cats defensive back Chris Thompson (26) tackles Roughriders wide receiver Chris Jones (3).


Tiger-Cats defensive back Bo Smith (7) tackles Roughriders wide receiver Chris Jones (3)…


… and gets some help from defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95) to finish the job.


Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Matt Kirk (93) tackles Roughriders running back Wes Cates (20).


Tiger-Cats linebacker Otis Floyd (35) and defensive lineman Khari Long (94) put pressure on Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant (4).


Tiger-Cats wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4) nearly bowls over an official…


… and manages to squeeze a couple more yards out of the play.


Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra’ Cobb (14) tries to slip away from Roughriders defensive back Chris McKenzie (39) in the same way as McKenzie’s tights.


Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Darrell Adams (97) tackles Roughriders running back Wes Cates (20).


Tiger-Cats linebacker Jamall Johnson (28) tackles Roughriders wide receiver Jason Armstead (2).


Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95) rushes Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant (4).


Tiger-Cats wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4).


Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Matt Kirk (93) sacks Roughriders quarterback Steven Jyles (9), who came late into the game to replace Durant.


And moments later Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95) celebrates his sack of Roughriders quarterback Steven Jyles. The Cats racked up six sacks against the Roughriders.


As if it wasn’t enough that Roughriders slotback Andy Fantuz (83) was the target of Tiger-Cats linebacker Jamall Johnson’s 100th season tackle earlier in the game, here Johnson hits Fantuz hard late in the game.


Fantuz is slow to get up…


Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Khari Long (94) sacks Roughriders quarterback Steven Jyles (9). Long and Floyd each tallied two sacks.


Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra’ Cobb (14) runs out the clock late in the game…

Read the game summary at the Hamilton Spectator.
As always, please check my CFL photo archive for hundreds more images from this and past games.

And with it being Halloween, it wouldn’t be fitting without a show of fan costumes:


The Joker was named best costume of the game.


The Box J Boys always put on a good show.


Not so much Halloween costumes here, but great to see…

Lastly, congratulations to the 2009 Tiger-Cats for making the post season for the first time since 2001, and winning decisively against the Bombers to make it a home playoff game.

Unfortunately, due to other commitments (my NFL work), I won’t be in Hamilton this weekend to cover the game. Thanks to all of those who have spent time checking out my CFL photos here.

I plan to be back for the 2010 season and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Ron

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