CFL 2010.07.10: Stampeders 23 – Tiger-Cats 22

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats lost their 2010 home opener in a close game against the Calgary Stampeders but there were some bright spots, such as the first quarter 98 yard punt return for a touchdown by Marcus Thigpen, hurdling over Stampeders punter Burke Dales in the photo above.

Ticats Defensive end Justin Hickman attempts to block a pass by Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris.

The Cats managed to keep some pressure on Burris…

Here Cats defensive end Garrett McIntyre sacks Burris in the first quarter…

McIntyre celebrates the sack.

And not long thereafter, McIntyre recovered the ball on a Stampeders turnover.

Cats defensive back Sandy Beveridge stretches to tackle Stampeders receiver P.K. Sam

Cats defensive backs Jason Shivers (2) and Marc Beswick (3) attempt to recover a blocked Stampeders punt.

Which linebacker Markeith Knowlton successfully recovered.

On offense, DeAndra’ Cobb didn’t see a whole lot of action.

Cats wide receiver Arland Bruce III (1) was unable to pull in this pass during the first quarter while in the end zone under pressure from Stampeders defensive back Brandon Smith. This happened again late in the game when the Cats really needed a TD.

But Bruce did move the ball well, including a key 34 yard reception to the two yard line, setting up a potential Cats TD late in the game.

Marcus Thigpen looking right at me en route to his second TD of the game. Is it a coincidence that I was in the correct corner for each TD? Hopefully my luck continues.

Thigpen eludes Stampeders linebacker Malik Jackson for the 34 yard TD.

And celebrates with Dave Stala.

Defensive end Justin Hickman once again putting the pressure on Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris, just getting a finger on something.

Cats defensive back Dylan Barker and teammates kick off the second half.

Linebackers Markeith Knowlton (25), Otis Floyd (35) and Jamall Johnson (28) attempt to stop a Stampeders short yardage drive.

Cats defensive back Jason Shivers (2) returns an interception.

And celebrates with with defensive back Geoff Tisdale.

Here’s a play the Tiger-Cats wish they had back – Deon Murphy (24) breaks Tiger-Cats tackles to return a missed fieldgoal attempt to the Stampeders 15 yard line, setting up a touchdown on the next play.

Pigskin Pete tries to fire up the crowd.

New for 2010 Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Brian Ramsay.

Cats wide receiver Dave Stala pushed out of bounds just short of a touchdown.

DeAndra’ Cobb is stopped by the Stampeders defence on a short yards scoring attempt in the fourth quarter.

On the same possession, Cats quarterback Adam Tafralis (17) is stopped short on second and goal. After an incomplete pass, the Cats turned the ball over to the Stampeders.

Linebacker Otis Floyd fires up the crowd.

Otis Floyd (35), defensive end Khari Long (94) and defensive back Sandy Beveridge (19).

Defensive back Dylan Barker (20) applies late pressure on Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris.

Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn confers with head coach Marcel Bellefeuille

Tiger-Cats kicker Sandro DeAngelis had a mixed game against his former team, missing two field goals and had one blocked from 59 yards out at the end of the game, sealing the win for the Stampeders.

A full summary of the game can be found at the Hamilton Spectator’s website.

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