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BC Lions take big bite out of winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats – Hamilton

BC Lions take big bite out of winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats – Hamilton
BC Lions take big bite out of winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats – Hamilton

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are struggling into their first week off of the Canadian Football League season after being dominated 44-28 by the BC Lions on Sunday night.

The loss left the Ticats at 0-5, the league’s worst, in front of 20,210 fans at Tim Hortons Field.

QB Vernon Adams Jr. and receiver Justin McInnis formed a double-demolition team for the Lions, who improved their mark to 4-1. Adams threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns, while McInnis made 10 receptions for 144 yards and two scores, a game-high.

The Lions opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game with a four-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a 45-yard bomb from QB Vernon Adams Jr. to an open William Stanback.

After the Ticats finished their first offensive series of the game with a two-and-out, Adams went back to work, engineering a six-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a five-yard touchdown to receiver Justin McInnis.

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Adams and McInnis combined for a 7-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and Sean Whyte hit a 39-yard field goal to extend BC’s lead to 24-1.

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Hamilton finally got into the end zone with just over nine minutes left in the first half when QB Bo Levi Mitchell and running back James Butler scored a 32-yard touchdown. Mitchell completed 32 of his 48 pass attempts for 374 yards and three TDs.

But any momentum the Cats enjoyed quickly evaporated when Adams threw a 69-yard touchdown to Alexander Hollins on BC’s next offensive play. It was one of Hollins’ six receptions for 116 yards.

Hamilton kicker Marc Lieghio and BC’s Whyte traded field goals early in the third quarter before Mitchell threw a four-yard touchdown to receiver Luther Hakunavanhu, his first as a Ticat.

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BC answered with a three-yard score by Stanback with less than two minutes to play in the game. Stanback finished the game with 14 carries for 82 rushing yards.

The Cats closed out the scoring with no time remaining when Mitchell threw a four-yard touchdown to receiver Kiondre Smith. Butler was limited to 27 rushing yards on nine carries, but hauled in nine catches for a team-best 108 yards.

Penalties continue to be a problem for the Cats, with nine fouls for 74 yards, while the Lions were assessed five penalties for 55 yards.

The Tiger Cats’ next game is on July 20, when they host the Toronto Argonauts.

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