Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jones Looking Forward to Rematch with Ticats at Tim Hortons Field

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jones Looking Forward to Rematch with Ticats at Tim Hortons Field

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Eskimos to face Ticats in CFL rematch


HAMILTON - He's taking his team into hostile territory and Eskimos head coach Chris Jones can't wait.

The Edmonton Eskimos face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday afternoon at Tim Hortons Field, where the defending East Division champions are 11-1 since the facility opened midway through last year. Although the Ticats dropped a 26-23 home decision to Montreal last month to end a 10-game win streak, they rallied for an impressive 42-12 Labour Day win over the Toronto Argonauts in their last game there.

"They're very good at home, they're a very spirited group," Jones told reporters this week. "It's fun to go over there and compete against them ... it's fun to go to those new stadiums where the people are so energetic."

Hamilton (8-3) has certainly enjoyed rabid support at its new facility. Every game there has been a sellout and the Ticats' home domination is a big reason why they're atop the East Division.

The popular notion has always been for the visitor to score early and often and take the home crowd out of the game. But Jones said a complete effort is the bigger key to Edmonton's potential success at Tim Hortons Field.

"That (scoring early) would be great, I'm all for it," he said. "Again, we've got to be ready for a four-quarter battle.

"It will be one of those deals where we've got to play solid football for four quarters. You can't play good for two quarters and expect to win the game."

Hamilton dispatched Edmonton 49-20 at Commonwealth Stadium on Aug. 21. But the Eskimos (7-4) were without starting quarterback Mike Reilly (knee) while Ticats pivot Zach Collaros finished 18 of 30 passing for 325 yards and three touchdowns.

Terrell Sinkfield Jr., had six catches for 118 yards and two TDs while Luke Tasker added five receptions for 129 yards. Receiver Derel Walker was a bright spot for Edmonton with 14 catches for 183 yards.

Hamilton's defence also had three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. The Ticats' first three TDs came off turnovers, which Jones said taught Edmonton a painful lesson. …

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