'Cats kick a bad habit

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

HAMILTON -- One annoying streak is over and one promising streak is picking up steam for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Ticats (2-8) ended a 15-game winless skid against the Argos with a 33-30 victory last night at Ivor Wynne Stadium, giving Hamilton two wins in a row after eight consecutive losses to start the season.

"It makes you feel like taking a deep breath," said Ticats defensive lineman DeVonte Peterson, a big part of a nasty D-line last night and a guy who helped cause a huge fumble by Argos quarterback Damon Allen late in the fourth quarter.

"But then you have to breathe again because we have to play (the Argos) again Saturday (at the Rogers Centre). It's so nice to get a W, especially against the Argos. It's a cross-town rivalry for the King of the QEW."

The improbable hero was limping Ticats kicker Jamie Boreham, who rolled his left (non-kicking) ankle in warm-up. Boreham booted a 43-yard field goal with 1:54 left, breaking a 30-30 tie and giving the Ticats the lead for good.

"I told (Ticats quarterback) Danny (McManus) on that last drive, 'Don't count on having Jamie kick a field goal. We've got to stick the ball in the end zone,' " Ticats coach Greg Marshall said. "(But Boreham) looked at me and said, 'Coach, I'll knock it through.' "

Boreham, wearing a bandage around his ankle and limping after the game, said the kick was not a big deal.

"My foot is my foot, it hurts a bit," Boreham said. "It was just another kick, that's all it was. The team got me in range and I did what I had to do."

Now, the Ticats can think about a couple of nice things -- sweeping the Argos in the home-and-home series and making a run for the playoffs.

"I think last week (a 41-39 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers) was a good turning point for us," Ticats receiver Mike Morreale said. "There was a lot of looseness going around. Guys weren't playing scared and that helped (last night). Hopefully, we can keep it going."

BRIEFLY

The Ticats are expected to announce the signing of wide receiver Khalil Hill, the brother of suspended Argos running back Hakim Hill, who was forced out of the country last month because of legal problems.


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