The Hamilton Tiger-Cats won the 2016 Labour Day Classic in a thrilling fashion. The Toronto Argonauts quickly jumped to a commanding lead in the opening half, but Hamilton that came back in the second half to stun their arch-rivals.
Tiger-Cats Beat Argonauts in Labour Day Classic
Quarterback Zach Collaros had a tough first half with a couple of turnovers. In the second half however, it was the exact opposite. The Ticats’ franchise player showed why he’s the ace of the team. Running Back CJ Gable played his best game of this season with 135 yards rushing, and caught multiple passes. The terrific receiving corps of Andy Fantuz, Chad Owens, Luke Tasker, and Terrence Toliver contributed heavily in the thrilling second half. Furthermore, the offensive line toughened up, enabling the unit to outscore their arch-rivals 25-6 in the final 30 minutes.
It was a similar view for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defense in the first half. The secondary was getting shredded by Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray. In addition, the defensive front seven left open lanes for the Toronto receivers to catch the ball, breaking tackles in the process.
However, when the second half commenced, the top rated defense finally showed up, and restrained the Toronto offence to a total of six points. The linebacker trio consisting of Simoni Lawrence, Larry Dean, and Rico Murray all led the tackling department with five tackles each. Defensive linemen John Chick, Ted Laurent, and Michael Atkinson all stepped up, sacking Ray three times. In addition to the great second half performance, Emmanuel Davis clinched the Labour Day Classic victory with a pick six late in the fourth quarter.
While the defence was taking care of the Argonauts in the second half, kicker Brett Maher helped the cause by going two-for-two on field goals. Furthermore, returner Brandon Banks returned punts well to give Hamilton strong field position consistently.
Hamilton showed that when all its parts are moving well, they are a force to contend with. Despite a first half near-collapse, they roared back in impressive fashion to take the Labour Day win at home yet again.