Ticats keeping their eyes on Owens

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

HAMILTON — No player posted as many combined return yards as Chad Owens.

No team was able to contain Owens more than the Ticats, which emerged as the only team the Argos couldn’t beat during the regular season.

It goes without saying that an effective Cory Boyd will go a long way in putting the Argos in a position to win, at least from an offensive perspective.

It also goes without saying that Owens is going to have to make plays when the ball is in his hands on special teams.

Owens will line up as a receiver, but he isn’t exactly known for his precision in route-running or for being sure-handed.

“You have to be aware of him at all times on special teams,’’ Ticats special teams demon Ray Mariuz said.

“We’ve done a good job on him in the three games we played Toronto because our tackling has been good and we’ve been really disciplined in our lane responsibilities.”

Owens did return a punt for a touchdown against Hamilton, but it was negated by a penalty.

Mariuz led the Ticats with 22 special teams tackles, which ranked him second behind former Argos teammate Bryan Crawford.

Sunday’s Eastern semi marks the first time Hamilton’s special teams will see Noel Prefontaine as an Argo this season.

During his days in Toronto, which included a Grey Cup win in 2004, Mariuz played with Prefontaine and understands the versatility and the potential for trickery.

“Pre can only throw the ball, but he’ll also catch it,’’ Mariuz said. “You just have to be prepared for everything.”

But it all begins by keeping Owens in check.


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