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Quarterback Matthew Schiltz will make his debut in Tiger-Cats uniform on Friday night, when Hamilton entertains the Toronto Argonauts in a crucial game at Tim Hortons Field.
With starter Dan Evans landing a one-game injury list with a bad throwing shoulder, Schiltz has been fielded for his first start in the Canadian Football League since October 30, 2021.
Friday’s pregame show on 900 CHML Radio begins at 6:30 p.m., kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., half an hour after the final whistle, catch 5th quarter The postgame show at CHML, 900chml.com and CHML’s Facebook page.
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Schiltz has gone 16-for-24 for 125 passing yards and an interception. He also has 22 carries for 110 yards and a TD.
Evans has completed 67 percent of his passes and is second in the CFL with 2,229 passing yards. He has thrown 10 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
Hamilton (2-6) will also be without receiver Bralon Edison, who suffered a season-ending torn Achilles in a 34-20 loss to Toronto (4-3) last week.
The injury bug has also bitten Hamilton receiver Mike Jones, defensive linemen Mason Bennett and Anthony Federico.
Friday’s game marks the return of former Tickets Star receiver Brandon Banks at Tim Hortons Field after the 2019 CFL Most Outstanding Player of 2019 joined Argos in free agency.
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The 34-year-old ‘Speedy Bee’ is second on Hamilton’s all-time list for touchdowns (62), punt return TDs (7) and most combined yards (13,686).
Banks holds the team record for receptions in a season (112) and is second on the single-season list for touchdowns (16), receiving yards (1,550), majors (13) and punt return touchdowns (4).
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In Schiltz’s last start, the 29-year-old QB was a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and defeated the Montreal Alouettes 19-4.
Schiltz completed seven of 13 attempts for 106 yards and one interception and took the ball four times for 11 yards before being replaced by Trevor Harris at the end of the third quarter.
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3 Quick Stats:
- Since 1996, the Ticats and Argos have played 10 back-to-back games. Hamilton and Toronto have each rotated four of the back-to-back series and two other meetings have been split. Argos hasn’t played back-to-back sets against the Cats since 2012.
- The second half has given the tickets fit this season. Hamilton is dismissed 145-58 after halftime. The team has taken a 13-point lead from four matches this year but leads 1-3 in those games. Hamilton defeated the opposition team 103-64 in the first half of this season.
- Last week marked the second game in a row in which Hamilton did not allow a quarterback sack. The Tiger-Cats’ offensive line has not allowed a sack in 40 consecutive drives. The team dropped 19 sacks in its first 80 drives of the 2022 season.
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