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Ticats finally get first win of 2017, beat Argos in Labour Day Classic

Jeremiah Masoli guided the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to their first win of the 2017 season on Monday night.
Jeremiah Masoli guided the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to their first win of the 2017 season on Monday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

For the first time this season the Hamilton Tiger-Cats can call themselves winners.

C.J. Gable ran for a one yard touchdown with 2:30 left in the game to give the Ticats a 24-22 win over the visiting Toronto Argonauts on Monday night.

Not even a lightning delay that lasted for two hours and eight minutes and forced the game to end just after 11:30 p.m. could prevent the Cats from breaking their goose egg.

Gable’s game winning TD came moments after June Jones, who was making his CFL head coaching debut, successfully challenged a pass interference call against former Ticats defensive back Rico Murray in the Toronto endzone. Replay officials ruled that Murray interfered with Hamilton receiver Luke Tasker and Hamilton got the ball at the Argos’ one yard line.

On Toronto’s ensuing possession Ricky Ray led the Argonauts to the Hamilton 30 yard line with 45 seconds remaining in the game, but Lirim Hajrullahu pushed a 37 yard field goal attempt wide left.

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Ray went 34-of-47 for 325 yards and threw two touchdowns to receiver DeVier Posey, a 10 yard strike that cut Hamilton’s lead to 17-14 late in the third quarter and a 16 yarder that gave the Boatmen a 21-17 lead early in the fourth period.

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The loss dropped the 4-7 Argos to 0-4 in Labour Day games at Tim Hortons Field.

Jeremiah Masoli completed 19-of-33 pass attempts for 219 yards, and a 64 yard touchdown to Brandon Banks that gave the Cats their first lead of the game, 10-7, at the start of the third quarter.

The Ticats made it 17-7 just 25 seconds later when Felix Faubert-Lussier recovered a Martese Jackson kickoff fumble and ran into the endzone for his first career CFL major.

Masoli, starting in place of starter Zach Collaros, was intercepted by Toronto’s Marcus Ball on his second pass attempt of the game.

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Fans attending the game donated 170,820 pounds of non-perishable food items for Hamilton Food Share as part of the Purolator Tackle Hunger program.

Hamilton next plays this coming Saturday night in Ottawa against the 4-6-1 RedBlacks.

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