With the second, and final, Canadian Football League preseason game the Hamilton Tiger Cats defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 42-25. Hamilton has four local connections, the most of any CFL team. Most notably, University of Hawaii Alumnus, Chad Owens played for the first time after the blockbuster trade to Hamilton from Toronto. He looked good and refreshed. Owens caught 5 passes for 98 total yards including a 51 yard strike and a 15 yard touchdown from former St. Louis Crusader Jeremiah Masoli. He only played the first quarter.
Masoli has started both preseason games and has been effective throwing for a combined preseason total of 179 yards on 15 completions in 24 attempts.
Another University of Hawaii alumnus Kealoha Pilares had a combined total of 5 catches for 28 yards over the two games. Aside from playing slot back Pilares also had a role in the return game have 3 chances for 48 yards in kick returns and 3 for 7 in punt returns.
Special Teams look like a source of excitement in Hamilton with former Hawaii coach Jeff Reinebold taking charge. He has a “trick up his sleeve” reputation in the CFL.
Tune in next Thursday to see Hamilton’s opening season game versus Toronto on ESPN News at 1:30pm HST.