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CALGARY -- Defences continued to be the story of the week as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders could only manage 17 points, however the Stampeders were on the winning end, 10-7 at McMahon Stadium Friday night.

Heading into Week 4 of the CFL season the Ticats were looking at a daunting task of going into Calgary with a young quarterback making his first start of the season.

Jeremiah Masoli was taking over for an injured Zach Collaros and for the Stampedes defence that was a perfect opportunity to have a big game against a team that has allowed a total of 14 sacks through the first two games of the season.

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Not to be outdone the Ticats defence was hoping for their own big game as the league leaders in numerous defensive categories heading into Week 4.

After a single on the opening kickoff by the Ticats, the defences went to work in the first quarter, limiting both offences to almost nothing in the opening frame.

The Ticats were the first team to create a significant drive in the first quarter but could not finish it off in the end zone settling for a 42-yard field goal from Justin Medlock to increase their lead to 4-0.

In their first drive of the second quarter the Stampeders would put together their best drive of the game at that point, by marching down to the Hamilton 26.

The Stamps would channel a play from Week 3 beginning a flea flicker that broke down forcing Brad Sinopoli to run instead, which he would turn into a 26-yard touchdown to break the shutout and go ahead 7-4.

That was it for the offensive showing in the first half though as the Stamps and Ticats followed the theme of the league for Week 4 with defence dominating heading into the locker room at halftime. 

The defensive battle continued as the teams came out for the second half with both offences sputtering as they came out.

The Ticats were the first to see some life in the third quarter as a 38-yard return by Brandon Banks put them within striking distance of getting their first touchdown in the game.

Following the kick return, Masoli was given great position to break through the stingy Stampeders defence but he could not get it done as the Ticats settled for a 29-yard field goal to tie the game at sevens.

The Ticats would get another chance to earn their first touchdown of the game when a fumbled ball by Mitchell  was recovered by Frederic Plesius at the Hamilton 54.

Sinopoli Leaves Defenders in The Dust

Looking to get something going on offence Hamilton head coach Kent Austin would end Masoli’s night replacing him with Dan LeFevour as time ticked down in the third quarter.

At the start of the fourth quarter, LeFevour looked to prove it was the right decision leading a drive to the 24-yard line but that is where the drive would end as the Ticats would come out with no points after Justin Medlock missed a 31-yard field goal. 

With the ball back the Stampeders looked to get ahead beginning a long drive moving the ball to the Hamilton 32-yard line and finishing with a 39-yard field goal to go ahead 10-7.

Down by three the Ticats were looking to LeFevour and a returning Andy Fantuz to lead the team down the field.

LeFevour and Andy Fantuz began connecting on the drive pushing the Ticats to the 22-yard line but in a familiar story the Stampeders defence shut them down on the doorstep.

Medlock was given the chance to tie the game on a 29-yard field goal but a botched hold by Luke Tasker ended the play and gave the Stampeders the ball back ending any chance for a Hamilton comeback.

The Ticats remain winless on the season and will travel back to Hamilton to play against the Ottawa REDBLACKS at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium, while the Stampeders meet provincial rival, and the only other undefeated team in the CFL, the Edmonton Eskimos.

Fan Comments
I'm amazed and impressed at how the Stampeders keep rolling along and winning like a well oiled machine despite all of the key players they have injured. Nothing seemed to go right for the Ticats. I was surprised to learn that the Ticats haven't won in Calgary in 10 years
July 20, 2014 - 2:08am
als rule
a win is a win no matter how ugly the ticats say the stamps victory was!! as long as the stamps won and tiger cats lost!! therefore it was an excellent game!!
July 19, 2014 - 10:50pm
Well, at least the 'Cats put up a fight and could have won if they hadn't made some mistakes. More than I can say for the Als in their game against the Lions. They couldn't have won a quarter let alone the game. With that said, maybe you'll agree with me that all the East teams need to get better.
July 20, 2014 - 11:54am
Stamps managed to luck out again. They have had big plays every game this year forcing the opposition to catch up, but the defence stops them. They tried the same type of tactic this game with long bombs but failed. Thanks to Sinopoli they got the big play. Time to change to grind and work down field .
July 19, 2014 - 1:01pm
Dhunter5: I am not so sure this is such a different team than the one that went to the Grey Cup last year. They won a lot of games that were very close - were lucky to win, in other words - and perhaps played their best game in the Eastern final against the Argonauts but were not great even in that game. Now they have abandoned the experienced QB they had last year and are having growing pains; but the Ticats don't seem radically worse than last year. Or better for that matter.
July 19, 2014 - 10:24am
Seems to me you could say that about most of the teams. I can remember several teams winning close games by lucky breaks (and some by bad officiating). Nobody gets anywhere without luck.
July 19, 2014 - 1:53pm
Stamps D has not allowed a touchdown in 8 quarters ... even without Raymond and Mayo, Stubler's unit continues to get it done. Lookin' forward to Cornish's return although Matt Walter continues to improve.
July 19, 2014 - 7:26am
Another game with the Ti-Cats picking up self-inflicted foot wounds. I thought Masoli was given the start because he could run but he didn't. What he did was to throw some long, inaccurate passes that ended drives. Oh well, live and learn. There were a lot of Ti-Cat misses -- missed tackles, missed sacks, missed ints, 2 missed FGs. Despite those, though, it wasn't the Stampeder blow-out some were expecting. The 'Cats D kept the score close all game. Until the final debacle with the 2nd missed FG I thought the 'Cats might still pull the game out. Next up, Ottawa.
July 19, 2014 - 2:15am
I agree. I was disappointed with Masoli, maybe LeFevour should have been brought in sooner? However the defense generally played well. They are young and will learn from their mistakes. Still 15 games to go!
July 19, 2014 - 10:44am
I cannot believe this is the same team that went to the championship last year. This is what happens when you trade leadership for youth. Now granted, I'm a Bombers fan through and through, but I do LIKE the Ti-Cats, and I have to say, I'm all the way disappointed with their performance thus far. No Pass protection, No redzone proficiency, No run defense...and apparently no field goal ability. Who are these guys??. Steel town disaster. They should be called the Hamilton Kitty cats, until they EARN the right to be called Tigers again. McManus and Flutie, can you guys come back please?
July 19, 2014 - 12:29am
If you feel that way, just imagine how Hamilton fans feel. I'm surprised that they didn't get rid of Fantuz too while they were dismantling the GC team. Right now I'm disgusted.
July 19, 2014 - 11:10am