Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Roughriders Fantuz, Burris Lead Ticats to 35-34 Rally over Saskatchewan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Roughriders Fantuz, Burris Lead Ticats to 35-34 Rally over Saskatchewan

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Fantuz, Burris lead Ticats to 35-34 rally

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REGINA - Just as he'd predicted, Hamilton Tiger-Cats slotback Andy Fantuz received a warm welcome from the Saskatchewan Roughriders fans on Saturday.

That reception cooled considerably though as Fantuz and quarterback Henry Burris -- also a former Roughrider -- led the Ticats to a 35-34 come-from-behind victory over Saskatchewan.

Burris threw three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help Hamilton avenge a 43-16 loss to the Roughriders in Hamilton in late June.

"You know what they say. It's never over until it gets to zeros on the scoreboard time clock," said Tiger-Cats head coach George Cortez. "That's what you keep telling the players and you hope that eventually they believe it."

The sellout crowd of 32,898 at Mosaic Stadium fans treated Fantuz as just another player on the opposing team as soon as play began.

The Riders fans also kept up the tradition of greeting Burris with the mocking chant of "Hen-ry, Hen-ry, Hen-ry." Like Fantuz, the Tiger-Cats quarterback is a former Roughrider, having played with the Calgary Stampeders before being dealt to Hamilton in the off-season.

Before signing with the Tiger-Cats as a free agent last winter, Fantuz spent six seasons with the Riders and was an integral part of Saskatchewan's Grey Cup championship in 2007, a game in which he was named Outstanding Canadian.

On Saturday afternoon, Fantuz was restricted to two receptions for 39 yards -- both coming in the first half -- in a game that was dominated by the defences and the kickers until the offences finally shifted into gear in the second half.

"They did some things on defence that took Andy away from us, but we have other weapons on this offence we can go to and use effectively," said Burris, who completed 28 of 38 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

"This is a team that's trying to learn how to win on the road. What better place to do it than the toughest environment in the CFL here in Saskatchewan."

The victory, Hamilton's third in a row, improved the Tiger-Cats record to 3-2. The Roughriders have dropped to 3-2 with back-to-back losses. …

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