'The sky's the limit'

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Renegades 28, Tiger-Cats 12

Jason Armstead said earlier in the week the Renegades offence owed the team a better effort.

It eventually delivered last night at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Despite the sluggish first half, the Ottawa offence got its act together right out of the gate in the second half during a 28-12 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"The sky's the limit for this team right now, as long as we come out and do what the coaches ask us to do and stay focused on the whole plan," said Armstead, who scored one of three Ottawa touchdowns in the second half.

Rookie Cory Hathaway and Yo Murphy also caught touchdown passes from Kerry Joseph to improve Ottawa's record to 4-3 in front of a crowd of 28,822.

The Renegades' second straight road win also kept them on pace with the first-place Toronto Argonauts (4-2) in the CFL's East Division.

TIGER-CATS REMAIN WINLESS

And the result dropped the Tiger-Cats to 0-6 and in desperate need of a win if they have any hope of getting into the playoffs.

The Renegades began the game much like they did in Regina last week, recording only two first downs in finishing the first half tied 5-5 with the struggling Tiger-Cats.

During the break, Ottawa quarterbacks and receivers coach Tommy Condell delivered a spirited talk to his players.

"There were some things that we needed to correct, and I think sometimes the way to correct them is a little more emphatically," said Condell.

The offence went right to work after the kickoff, putting together a 68-yard drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown pass from Joseph to Hathaway, who scored the second major of his rookie season.

"We went into the huddle and (Joseph) said that we were going to score a touchdown right here," said Hathaway. "We were working on the play all week and I had a smile on my face in the huddle when he called it, and it worked out well."

On the next possession, the Ticats drove into Ottawa territory, but lost the ball on a fumble by Troy Davis on a third-and-one gamble at the Renegades' 40 -- a turnover that was vehemently disputed by Ticats coach Greg Marshall, who felt Davis had been tackled.

Two plays later, Armstead chipped in with a 69-yard catch-and-run touchdown, his first major since scoring a pair in the season opener at Edmonton.

"It's scary that we're a second-half team, but at the same time, we're looking good when we step it up in the second half," said Armstead, who tied a franchise record with eight catches for 173 yards.

The Ticats got back into it when quarterback Marcus Brady, making his first start for Hamilton in place of the injured Danny McManus, connected with Julian Radlein for a nine-yard score.

But the Renegades pulled away on a safety conceded in the end zone by Jamie Boreham, and a 24-yard touchdown catch by Murphy in the fourth quarter.

"We're earning everything we've got but sometimes we do it the hard way," said coach Joe Paopao.

GAME NOTES: Renegades DL Jerome Haywood and Hamilton OL Marwan Hage were ejected for fighting in the second quarter ... Kicker Mark Irvin, playing for the injured Matt Kellett, went 1-for-3 on field goals, including being short on a 39-yard try in the third quarter ... DL Anthony Collier added two sacks last night and has a league-leading eight on the season ... The Renegades return to Ottawa by train today and will begin preparing for their next game on Thursday at home against Saskatchewan.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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