This game 'special' for Ticats

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Markeith Knowlton knew the denizens became even more excited, but the importance of the moment didn't home until way past the final whistle.

'Special' aptly described the atmosphere at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Labour Day, a day that featured several special plays by the home side's special teams.

There was Eric Wilbur's fake punt he would turn into a first down, an extended possession the Ticats would capitalize into three points.

But the turning point arrived late in the first half when Knowlton blocked Jamie Boreham's punt, ran down the miss in the end zone and pounced on the pigskin to send the Ticats into the dressing room with a 20-6 lead en route to winning the game 28-13.

"I was just doing my job," Knowlton said inside the din that was the Ticats dressing room. "The play was called and if it was there, I'd take it. If it wasn't there, I'd hold off on it."

What the Ticats did was crowd the Argos' middle, lining up Knowlton and Ike Brown right over the centre. Knowlton burst through the line to produce one of many big plays on a big-play day by Hamilton.

Not as dramatic but equally effective was Wilbur's fake, where he ran to his right and left Argos receiver Ryan Christian grasping for air in the open field to move the chains.

A similar opportunity presented itself early, but Wilbur waited. "Someone mentioned it to me and it sounde d like a good idea," said Wilbur. "I saw it, took advantage of it."

A few weeks ago in Winnipeg, Wilbur was nailed on a late hit that damaged his left ankle. "My left ankle still hurts," added Wibur.


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