Ticats stamped out

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Fresh off their embarrassing 48-0 loss to the Argos last week in Toronto, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were humbled at home last night.

The Tiger-Cats lost 39-17 to the Calgary Stampeders at Ivor Wynne Stadium, deflating a crowd of 27,821, some of whom came to see the CFL debut of highly touted draft pick Jesse Lumsden.

The Burlington native, who starred for McMaster University and was selected in the first round of the Canadian draft this year, touched the ball four times on kickoffs, but had no impact on the result.

The desperate Tiger-Cats dropped to 2-10, the worst record in the league.

Calgary improved to 6-6.

The Tiger-Cats led 17-7 at the half, but did little in the final 30 minutes. The Tiger-Cats turned the ball over four times in the second half, including an interception and a fumble by quarterback Khari Jones, who replaced starter Danny McManus in the second quarter. McManus suffered an injury to his right cheekbone but returned with slightly less than six minutes to go in the third quarter. Third-stringer Marcus Brady played in the final few minutes.

McManus likely will undergo further tests to determine the severity of his injury.

Tiger-Cats head coach Greg Marshall indicated the Tiger-Cats, who do not play for two weeks, likely will be making some personnel changes.

"It's tough to change gears and go back to an evaluation mode, but the reality is we need to provide opportunities for some young players and see what they can do," Marshall said. "We have to get better. Where we are right now isn't getting the job done. The good first half we played didn't get the job done. We didn't finish the job. We didn't get a win. Where our record stands right now, we have to find a way to be better."

The Tiger-Cats scored on the opening series of the game, but Calgary tied the game on an interception by linebacker John Grace six minutes later. Rookie Hamilton cornerback Jykine Bradley picked off a pass by Calgary quarterback Jason Gesser and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter.

The Tiger-Cats increased its lead to 17-7 with a field goal on the final play of the first half.

Gesser, a rookie making his first start in the Canadian Football League, threw four interceptions in the game, but also recorded three touchdown passes.

TREMBLAY LEAVES ARGOS

Second-year receiver Jean-Frederic Tremblay has left the Argos and may be retiring.

Despondent over hamstring problems, Tremblay apparently has gone home to Montreal.

Drafted last year in the first-round out of Laval University, Tremblay played one regular-season game last year and only four this season.


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