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Pre-Season Recap: Toronto 29, Hamilton 24


HAMILTON - They are familiar foes in unfamiliar territory.

For years, quarterbacks Ricky Ray and Henry Burris have faced each other – usually for bragging rights in Alberta with Burris leading the Calgary Stampeders and Ray the Edmonton Eskimos.

They squared off again on Wednesday night as the CFL opened its pre-season schedule.  Only this time it was a different provincial showdown, with Burris in Hamilton Tiger-Cat black and gold looking down the Ivor Wynne Stadium sideline at Ray, dressed in Toronto Argonaut blue.

“We've had a lot of battles over the years and it's going to be no different this year,'' said Ray, 32, who is in his 10th CFL season.  “We're both on different teams but it's going to be the same old story, fighting with him for position in your division.''

» By The Numbers: Henry Burris - 7/15, 214 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT  |  Ricky Ray - 5/8, 72 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT

Ray started the game for the Argonauts and led two scoring drives in a little more than one quarter of play as Toronto defeated the Tiger-Cats 29-24 in front of 27,585 at Ivor Wynne.  He finished with five completions on eight pass attempts for 72 yards.

Burris entered the game for Hamilton in the second quarter and matched Ray with two TD drives. He scored one touchdown from a yard out, hit Chris Williams for a 75-yard score, was intercepted in the end zone and recorded one fumble. He completed seven of 15 pass attempts for 214 yards in one quarter's work.

In all, eight quarterbacks saw action – four on each side.

“It was crazy because all the main quarterbacks tonight were pretty much in different clothes than they were last year,'' said Burris, 37, who is playing in his 13th season. “ (Argo back-up) Jarious Jackson with B.C., Ricky Ray with Edmonton and me with Calgary. Now we all can't get away from each other.  But it was good to see those guys out there having a good time.

“That's one of the things we all echo to each other. It's good to be out here and having a good time, playing the game that we love and making our teams better and getting ready for the regular season.''

Burris and receivers Williams and Simon Charbonneau-Campeau each scored for the Ticats.

Ray has a career 66.8-per-cent completion rate for 40,529 career passing yards, 210 touchdowns and 130 interceptions. He was traded to Toronto in December for quarterback Steven Jyles, kicker Grant Shaw and a first draft pick.

Burris has a 60.3-per-cent completion rate with 41,234 career passing yards, 257 touchdowns and 154 interceptions. He was traded to Hamilton in January for quarterback Kevin Glenn, offensive lineman Mark Dewit and a conditional draft pick.

Fan Comments
its ironic that burris and ray will now both get to keep facing each other in the same division now. i know ray got the last laugh last year in the playoffs when it was all said and done though. i hope this motivates him even more. expecting alot more competition in this division now. GO TIGERCATS
June 15, 2012 - 9:48am
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will either QB have enough left in their tank to be in TO come late november. typical 1st exhibition outing. no question argos should very much be better then last year. how good will the hammer be depends on oh henry.
June 14, 2012 - 10:32am
Definitely strange to see Argos in their home colours at Ivor Wynne and Ticats wearing white! Didn't hear any explanation for the colour switch.
Let the Battle of Ontario begin!
June 14, 2012 - 10:26am
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TFmcb: it used to be years ago that they would swap jerseys. one year home would be white and dark away then the following year home would be dark and away would be white.
June 14, 2012 - 8:32pm