Joseph hopes it's a win-Wynne situation

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:35 PM ET

HAMILTON -- Kerry Joseph has been around the CFL long enough to be considered a seasoned veteran.

Yet the third-year Renegades quarterback has never played a down at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

That will change tonight when Ottawa meets the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a key East Division showdown.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Joseph.

Last year, during Ottawa's only trip to Steeltown in October, Joseph nursed an injury to his sternum and missed the game while rookie Brad Banks started.

And in 2003, Joseph's rookie year, the Renegades opened the regular season at Ivor Wynne with Dan Crowley as their starting pivot.

NOISEMAKERS

Joseph expects to hear from the fans tonight. A crowd of 27,000 is expected to be howling all night.

"They have great fan support," said Joseph. "The crowd really gets into the game and it's going to be fun. It's a really great atmosphere here."

The Renegades faced a similar pumped-up crowd last week in Regina and managed to emerge with a win.

"It's a real hostile environment," Ottawa coach Joe Paopao said of Ivor Wynne. "One of our players almost jumped into the stands last year. The crowd here really is the 13th man."

HIGH PRAISE: Paopao had an interesting response to a question about Joseph yesterday. "He's the Mecca," said Paopao, describing his top quarterback's relationship to the rest of the offence. "He's the type of guy people like to rally around."

NO CHEATING: Hamilton coach Greg Marshall doubts that rush end Tim Cheatwood, who's trying out for the NFL's Houston Texans, will return to the winless Tiger-Cats (0-5). "They really like him down there and there is a good chance he'll make the football team," said Marshall, adding, "(Renegades centre) George Hudson won't miss him." Cheatwood and Joe Montford, who was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos, formed one of the CFL's most feared rush end combinations last year. "They've lost a lot of good guys from last year, but they've got a lot of good guys in return," said Hudson. "I don't understand why they haven't been able to bring it together, even though they've played some good games."

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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