Lions destroy Ticats
Printers and Simon might sound more like the name of a comedy team, but CFL foes are quickly learning the B.C. duo are no laughing matter.
Hamilton was the latest victim, with quarterback Casey Printers hooking up with Geroy Simon on four touchdowns as visiting B.C. routed the Tiger-Cats 49-11 in front of 27,891 at Ivor Wynne Stadium Friday.
"Casey is an amazing young man," said Wally Buono, the Lions general manager-head coach. "Obviously he is athletic enough that when things break down he can make things happen."
"Offensively we have a lot of weapons and he utilized them tonight."
Winners of four straight, B.C. (5-3) increased its lead to four points atop the West Division. While Printers and his receiving cadre have been getting most of the accolades, the B.C. defence was once again stifling, forcing six turnovers that led to 28 points.
Hamilton (3-5) lost its fifth straight game. During the losing skid, they've been outscored 198-75.
Friday's rematch quickly turned into a laugher, a far cry from a June encounter that saw the Ticats edge the Lions 38-36 at B.C. Place.
Printers set a new CFL record for single-game completion percentage, converting on 19 of his 21 passes for 90.9 per cent.
On the season, the rookie pivot has thrown for 2,461 yards, with a league-best 19 touchdowns against just five interceptions.
For his part, Simon leads the league with 10 touchdown catches and 938 receiving yards.
"Casey did a great job just finding me because other times other guys were open," said Simon. "There were times he didn't make the right reads but he still completed the pass.
"We saw the way he played during training camp and once a guy is hot like he is, you can't be amazed by what he does. He did a great job."
Chris Brazzell caught a touchdown pass from backup Lions quarterback Spergon Wynn, while Duncan O'Mahony kicked two field goals and has been successful on 12 straight attempts.
Julian Radlein scored the lone Ticats touchdown on a one-yard run, with backup Marcus Brady in at quarterback.
Brady replaced Danny McManus, who continues to struggle after a strong start to the season. The 15-year CFL veteran has thrown three touchdowns and 12 interceptions in the last five games.
Hamilton opened the scoring on a 26-yard Jamie Boreham field goal, but a penalty which negated a touchdown proved ominous.
B.C.'s first drive of the game went 79 yards in eight plays, culminating in a 13-yard touchdown toss to Simon.
Hamilton moved the ball into B.C. territory on its next drive, but interception problems once again plagued McManus. On an attempted to screen, he threw the ball into the arms of Tyrone Williams, and the defensive tackle rumbled 43 yards on the return.
McManus suffered facial injuries while helping to prevent Williams from reaching the end zone, a factor in his leaving the game late in the second quarter.
Printers and Simon quickly hooked up again, the receiver wide open in the end zone for a 33-yard major just before the end of the first quarter.
McManus then tried to force a ball in tight to Craig Yeast, and Carl Kidd wrested the ball away from the receiver and took it in 35 yards for a 21-3 lead. The play came just 42 seconds after the previous Lion touchdown.
B.C. took a 25-3 lead into the half, and didn't miss a beat when play resumed. Printers' play fake to running back Eddie Linscomb helped Simon get wide open again, resulting in a 42-yard touchdown early in the third.
Later in the quarter, Simon took a pass in stride in the middle of the field and outran Ticat defenders for a 35-yard score, leading to wholesale substitutions for both teams.
"We didn't have an answer for Casey Printers," Hamilton head coach Greg Marshall said. "He was better than we were, plain and simple."
Hamilton will next play in Ottawa on Thursday, while B.C. visits McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Aug. 21.
with files from CP Online