Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ticars Say Stopping Jon Cornish Is the Key to Defeating West-Leading Stamps

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ticars Say Stopping Jon Cornish Is the Key to Defeating West-Leading Stamps

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Cornish poses problems for Ticats' defence

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HAMILTON - If the Hamilton Tiger-Cats want to beat the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday night, they'll have to stop the run game.

Specifically, they will have to stop Jon Cornish.

"What the run game allows them to do is obviously control the clock and keep your offence off the football field," said Ticat head coach Kent Austin on Friday.

For the Ticats, Austin said that means being "more efficient" on first downs, and making sure they can sustain long drives. Otherwise, it may be a while before they get the ball back.

While the Ticats under Henry Burris have a league-leading passing attack, throwing for 322.8 yards per game, its ground game is lacking. The Ticats have only rushed for an average 84.2 yards per game, second last in the CFL.

The Ticat passing game will also face the challenge of operating without its leading receiver, Greg Ellingson, who is reportedly out with a lower-body injury. He will be replaced by rookie Luke Tasker, who was just signed on Sept. 17 and whose father is former Buffalo Bills pro-bowler Steve Tasker.

Meanwhile, the Stamps have a more balanced attack, thanks largely to Cornish who is the CFL's second-leading rusher with 1,093 yards to date. Calgary is fifth in average passing yards (263 yards per game) and second in rushing (132 yards per game).

Former Ticat Kevin Glenn is back as the starting quarterback for Calgary, in a season where the Stamps have had to rely on all three of its pivots. Glenn spent three years in Hamilton before being traded to Calgary in January 2012. But while Ticat linebacker Jamall Johnson agreed that he may know Glenn's tendencies better than most, stopping Cornish is the priority.

"First of all, we've got to stop the run," Johnson said. "I think everything they (Calgary) do revolves around their running back and their running game. …

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