Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redblacks Win Ugly, Beat Ticats 12-6 to Move into First Place in CFL East

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redblacks Win Ugly, Beat Ticats 12-6 to Move into First Place in CFL East

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Redblacks beat Ticats, move into first in East

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HAMILTON - Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris is taking it personally.

The 16-year CFL veteran says Hamilton defensive back Simoni Lawrence "crossed the line" midway through the first quarter when he tackled Burris below the waist after he had released the ball. Burris was playing the game with a knee brace after being injured last week against Winnipeg.

"The bottom line is when you play this game there's always mutual respect across the league," said Burris, who's team defeated the Tiger-Cats 12-6 on Sunday at Tim Hortons Field to take top spot in the CFL East heading into next week's rematch in Ottawa. Hamilton (10-7) will need to beat the Redblacks (11-6) by six or more points to finish first in the East and earn the bye into the Eastern final.

"You don't try to take guys out and there's no room for that in this game of football," Burris added. "If that was the case, people could take shots at guys all the time. But for him to be a linebacker and have a chance to run through me in a regular style in football and instead he knows I wear a brace on my leg but for some reason he goes from running through . . . me and tackling me like any other great football player would, but he chooses to . . .go straight for my knee.

"Come on now, that's bush league. There's no room for that. I've got a family to feed."

Burris and Lawrence were teammates in Hamilton for one year.

"For a guy to tell you he loves you at the coin toss and then try to take out your career? Come on now, come on," said Burris. "Don't tell me you love me and then stab me in the back."

No penalty was called on the play.

"If Hank wants to act like that . . . act like a whatever, it's on him," said Lawrence. "I tackled Mike Reilly last week. He's outside the box, I am low tackling, I tackle all players low. If you watch film, that is how I tackle. …

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