Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Blow by Montreal Alouettes 39-24 at Ivor Wynne Stadium

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Blow by Montreal Alouettes 39-24 at Ivor Wynne Stadium

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Ticats blow by Alouettes 39-24 in Hamilton


HAMILTON - A sure 118-yard touchdown return became a 117-yard embarrassment for Chris Williams.

The 24-year-old receiver's showboating nearly cost the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in their 39-24 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday night.

As he neared the endzone Williams turned around and began trotting backwards only to be hauled down at the one-yard line by Als linebacker Brian Ridgeway.

"Just a lack of judgement," said Williams, who already has five TDs on the season, with three of them on special teams. "It won't happen again. I already apologized to (Montreal's head coach Marc Trestman). It's a lesson learned.

"That was definitely just me showboating, not thinking about it. I apologize to the coach. I apologize to my team. I apologize to the fans. It's just a bonehead play. It won't happen again."

Luckily for Williams, teammate Chevon Walker ran it in from the one on the next play from scrimmage, and Hamilton moved into a tie with Montreal and the Toronto Argonauts atop the East Division, each with a 2-2 record.

Williams also recorded 115 reception yards on the night on seven catches, second to teammate Andy Fantuz who had 135 yards on eight receptions.

Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris threw four touchdown passes and completed 27 of 30 pass attempts for 360 yards in front of 23,392 at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Walker scored two touchdowns for Hamilton, while Bakari Grant, Daryl Stephenson and Fantuz also added TDs. Brandon Whitaker, Brandon London and Patrick Lavoie scored for Montreal.

Hamilton kicker Luca Congi made one of two field-goal attempts, missing his first from 32 yards and making a 22-yarder. Montreal kicker Sean Whyte missed a 49-yarder and made one from 45.

Again the Ticats had trouble scoring in the third quarter while watching the opposition mount a comeback. But Burris said he's happy they were able to at least move the ball in the second half and keep Calvillo off the field. …

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