HAMILTON, Ont. -- The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are itching to get back on the field against the B.C. Lions to not only fix their mistakes, but also show the can compete with the CFL's elite teams.
Hamilton (4-5) hosts B.C. (6-3) today in a rematch of last week's game in Vancouver that saw the Tiger-Cats start slowly in the Lions' 29-26 victory.
Hamilton's four wins coming into the game the University of Guelph's Alumni Stadium have all come against the league's bottom-feeders -- three against Winnipeg (1-8) and one against Edmonton (1-8).
The Tiger-Cats are looking to make a statement after a number of missed assignments and untimely penalties cost them at B.C. Place Stadium.
"We had a great opportunity in Vancouver," said Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris, who leads the league with 2,806 passing yards (including 14 TDs and seven interceptions). "But when you get out of the gates that slow and then you make the mistakes that we did down the stretch, that's what's going to happen. You're going to lose the close ones like that."
The Lions held the Burris and the offence scoreless in the first quarter and never trailed. B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay had his best outing of the season, throwing for 359 yards, three TDs and rushing for another.
Tiger-Cats running back C.J. Gable said having back-to-back games against B.C. has made it easier for Hamilton to focus on what needs to be done.
"It's easier because you already know what you did last game, instead of waiting two or three weeks later when it's not fresh in your mind," he said. Gable is tied for third in the league with seven touchdowns. He acknowledged he missed some blocking assignments and he's seen on the film the holes he missed running through.
"It's fresh in my mind what I did and what I saw so when I go back out there, I'm ready for what they're going to bring," he said.
-- The Canadian Press