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Sports Trevor Harris big wildcard for Edmonton in East Division final versus Hamilton

22:05  13 november  2019
22:05  13 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Roughriders beat Eskimos 23-13, win West Division for first time since 2009

  Roughriders beat Eskimos 23-13, win West Division for first time since 2009 Whether he’s healthy or not, Cody Fajardo says he’ll be ready for the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ next game. Thanks to their 23-13 victory over the visiting Edmonton Eskimos, the Riders finished in first place in the CFL’s West Division and will now host the West Final Nov. 17 at home against either the Calgary Stampeders or Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Thanks to their 23-13 victory over the visiting Edmonton Eskimos, the Riders finished in first place in the CFL’s West Division and will now host the West Final Nov. 17 at home against either the Calgary Stampeders or Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris (7) On Sunday, Harris will lead Edmonton into Tim Hortons Field for the East final against a Hamilton squad that posted a CFL-best 15-3 regular-season record. Pick: Hamilton . West division final . Winnipeg Blue Bombers versus Saskatchewan

Pick: Hamilton . West division final . Winnipeg Blue Bombers versus Saskatchewan Roughriders. At Regina, Winnipeg starter Zach Collaros returns to HAMILTON — Dane Evans threw for 386 yards and a TD in his first CFL playoff start, leading the Hamilton Tiger-Cats past the Edmonton Eskimos

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It's hard to forget the last time Trevor Harris faced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Harris had a CFL playoff-record six touchdown passes in last year's East Division final. Of course, that was while he was a member of the Ottawa Redblacks, who secured a 46-27 victory before dropping a 27-16 decision to the Calgary Stampeders in the Grey Cup.

On Sunday, Harris will lead Edmonton into Tim Hortons Field for the East final against a Hamilton squad that posted a CFL-best 15-3 regular-season record. Included were two victories against the Eskimos that Harris missed due to injury.

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HAMILTON —Simoni Lawrence and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are more than ready for the East Division final . However, the Ticats face Edmonton starter Trevor Harris for the first time this season. Harris said extensive film study has helped prepare him for Hamilton . “Film is big every week for me

Edmonton is attempting to become the first crossover team to reach the Grey Cup. But to do so, the Eskimos will have to do what no other CFL team has done this season: Win at Tim Hortons Field.

The Ticats are a perfect 9-0 there, including a 42-12 decision over Edmonton on Oct. 4. Quarterback Dane Evans threw for 277 yards and two TDs but it was Hamilton's defence that stood tall with three interceptions and five sacks.

Both Edmonton and Hamilton were very good this year getting to the quarterback. The Eskimos finished tied with Saskatchewan for the league lead (56), with Hamilton third (54).

Harris stole the show in Edmonton's 37-29 East Division semifinal win over Montreal on Sunday. He completed his first 22 passes — one short of the CFL record held by Hamilton's Jeremiah Masoli — and finished 36-of-39 passing for 421 yards and a TD as the Eskimos had the ball for over 36 minutes.

Trevor Harris puts on quite a show as Eskimos down Alouettes in East semifinal

  Trevor Harris puts on quite a show as Eskimos down Alouettes in East semifinal MONTREAL — Trevor Harris threw for 421 yards and a TD as the Edmonton Eskimos held on for an entertaining 37-29 East Division semifinal win over the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday afternoon. Harris, appearing in just his second game since Sept. 7, dispelled any talk about rustiness by completing his first 22 passes — one short of the CFL record held by Hamilton's Jeremiah Masoli. He finished 36-of-39 passing (92.3 per cent) with an interception. In last year's East Division final, Harris had a league-record six TD strikes in the Ottawa Redblacks' 46-27 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

In last year’s East Division final , Harris had a league-record six TD strikes in the Ottawa Redblacks’ 46-27 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Harris threw for 447 yards and three TDs in his Edmonton debut, a 32-25 season-opening home victory over Montreal. But Harris ’s interception to Woody Baron

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Montreal converted a Harris interception into a 10-yard TD run from quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., that pulled Montreal to with 34-29 in the fourth. But Josh Johnson's second pick of the game in the fourth set up Sean Whyte's 36-yard field goal to make it 37-29 before his third cemented the Edmonton win.

Hamilton's offence could give Edmonton all it can handle as the unit led the CFL in offensive points scored (28.2 per game), touchdowns (57), net offence (395.8 yards per game), average yards per play (6.84) and passing yards (313.3). The Ticats were also fourth in rushing (100.4 yards per game), impressive considering the abundance of running backs the team used due to injury.

Quarterback Dane Evans was 9-2 replacing Masoli (season-ending knee injury), passing for 3,754 yards and 21 TDs. Brandon Banks (CFL's leading receiver with club-record 112 catches, 1,550 yards, 13 TDs) and Bralon Addison (95 catches, 1,236 yards, seven TDs) anchor Hamilton's receiving corps.

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  Zurkowsky: Alouettes' defence collapses against Edmonton's passing game Defensive-back Greg Reid, one of the few in the Alouettes’ dressing room who didn’t appear to be overcome by emotion, had a simple question for a visitor: “Why do you want to talk to me?” he wondered. “I didn’t make no plays.” That’s just it. There were few individual superstars on the Als’ defence this season, a group that seemed to do just enough, but always by committee. They were a bend-but-don’t-break unit, one that gave up too many yards and, quite often, too many points. But one that seemed to find the resolve and fortitude when it was required.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris was a partial participant in practice on Wednesday and at one point ran the first-team offence. Harris left the Labour Day rematch game against the Calgary Stampeders at the end of the first quarter after going 3 for 5 for nine yards passing and a touchdown.

Trevor Harris threw a CFL playoff-record six TD passes to lead the Ottawa Redblacks to an emphatic 46-27 East Division final win over the visiting Jones said Hamilton 's defensive gameplan was to pressure Harris but the Ottawa quarterback simply got rid of the ball before the Ticats could get to him.

But someone worth watching could be veteran Luke Tasker (36 catches, 406 yards), who missed much of the season with injuries but has since returned to the starting lineup. Hamilton's offence line allowed 37 sacks this season (fourth overall) but if there's a concern, the Ticats did throw 24 interceptions — second-most in the CFL.

Harris has no shortage of weapons at his disposal. There's receivers Greg Ellingson (86 catches, 1,170 yards, five TDs) and Ricky Collins (78 catches, 1,103 yards, three TDs) and dual-threat C.J. Gable (1,003 rushing yards, 53 catches for 417 yards).

Edmonton's offensive line allowed a CFL-low 25 sacks.

But playing at home would appear to be the equalizer for a Hamilton team that won its final six regular-season games. And in the space of a week Edmonton will have had to travel to Montreal, back to Alberta and then return to Ontario.

Pick: Hamilton

WEST DIVISION FINAL

Winnipeg Blue Bombers versus Saskatchewan Roughriders

At Regina, Winnipeg starter Zach Collaros returns to where he began the '19 season. Collaros opened under centre for the Riders before suffering a head injury just three plays into their season-opening road loss to Hamilton.

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Cody Fajardo took over and promptly led the Riders to a 13-5 record and top spot in the West for the first time since '09. Saskatchewan dealt Collaros to Toronto on July 31 before the Argos dispatched him to Winnipeg on Oct. 9.

Collaros is 2-0 as Winnipeg's starter, combining with backup Chris Streveler to lead the Bombers past the defending champion Calgary Stampeders 35-14 on Sunday. Collaros was 11-of-21 passing for 193 yards and a TD while Streveler, despite an injured ankle, ran 13 times for a game-high 82 yards and a touchdown.

Winnipeg's rushing prowess isn't anything new. The Bombers averaged a CFL-best 147.9 yards per game as Andrew Harris was the league's top runner (1,380 yards) for a third straight year.

Streveler certainly did his part, rushing for 726 yards and 12 TDs. Trouble was, he threw more interceptions (14) than TDs (eight), the majority coming after replacing incumbent Matt Nichols (season-ending shoulder injury).

Collaros's passing numbers aren't eye-popping (414 yards, three TDs, one interception). But he's completed 33-of-49 attempts (67.3 per cent) and gives Winnipeg an experienced player who's capable of making the crucial downfield completion.

Saskatchewan won the season series 2-1 and Fajadro finished the season as the CFL's passing leader (4,302 yards). However, the West Division's outstanding player nominee missed the Riders' regular-season finale, a 23-13 home win over Edmonton that cemented top spot in the conference, with an oblique injury.

Fajardo is expected to start Sunday and is coming off a 429-yard, two TD passing performance in his last season, a 27-24 victory over Edmonton on Oct. 26. Against Winnipeg, Fajardo was 59-of-91 passing (64.8 per cent) for 796 yards with two TDs and three interceptions.

But a healthy Fajardo also contributes to Saskatchewan's ground attack with 611 rushing yards (5.7-yard average) and 10 TDs on the ground. Also worth noting is Saskatchewan was 8-1 at home while Winnipeg was just 3-6 on the road.

Pick: Saskatchewan

Last week: 1-1

Overall: 59-24.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 13,  2019.

Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

'It hurts': Hamilton Ticats despondent after dream season ends with a thud .
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