Ticats keep clawing

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Don't count out the Hamilton Tiger-Cats just yet.

Hamilton beat the Edmonton Eskimos 40-14 last night in front of a crowd of 27,582 at Ivor Wynne Stadium to cling to the slimmest of playoff possibilities.

The Tiger-Cats improved to 3-10, which is still the worst record in the league, but they are 2-2 in their past four games.

The Eskimos dropped to 8-6 and are still in second place in the West Division, holding a two-point lead over the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Both teams, which have played one fewer game than the Eskimos, play tonight.

ESKS TO FACE ARGOS

The Eskimos next play against the Argos at the Rogers Centre on Thanksgiving.

The Eskimos came to Hamilton after ruining the B.C. Lions' dreams of a perfect season last time, giving the Western leaders their first loss in 12 games.

But against the Tiger-Cats the Eskimos lacked the same execution. They made all kinds of mistakes in all phases of the game.

And the Tiger-Cats played with intensity and desire.

The Tiger-Cats' victory came following a 13-day layoff, during which the team made a variety of roster moves to evaluate player personnel for next year.

Playing in only his second game for Hamilton, receiver Kahlil Hill scored two touchdowns, one on a punt return, the other with a reception. Hill is the older brother of suspended Argos running back Hakim Hill, who lit it up for Toronto in pre-season then ran into some off-field problems.

Running back Troy Davis, who had his most productive campaign in what has been a frustrating season, scored two rushing touchdowns and totalled more than 100 yards on the ground.

He moved ahead of Gerry McDougall for second place on the team's all-time list for rushing touchdowns.

The Tiger-Cats defence constantly hounded the Eskimos offence, frustrating Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray. Defensive tackle Adriano (The Kissing Bandit) Belli had two sacks, including one for a safety.

The Tiger-Cats had a 17-13 lead at the half, scoring a touchdown inside the final minute on a six-yard run by Davis.

MCMANUS FEASTS

The play before that, quarterback Danny McManus hooked up with receiver Craig Yeast on a 53-yard pass play. Yeast and McManus feasted on Edmonton's blitzing.

The Tiger-Cats Edmonton led 6-3 after the first quarter on two field goals by kicker Sean Fleming. Jamie Boreham had the Tiger-Cats' field goal.

Ray had Edmonton's only touchdown.


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