HAMILTON — Tre Ford was in his content position Friday in Hamilton.
The Edmonton Elks quarterback acquired a acquire in his 1st career CFL begin 30 minutes down the Queen Elizabeth Highway from his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ont.
The Elks arrived from driving to conquer the Tiger-Cats 29-25 in entrance of 20,233 at Tim Hortons Subject.
“To come again to Hamilton and have all my family looking at me get that first get started and that very first gain has been excellent,” Ford mentioned.
Amongst Ford’s supporters ended up his spouse, mothers and fathers, sister, sister-in-law and mom-in-regulation, his significant university soccer mentor from A.N. Myer Secondary, his University of Waterloo head mentor Chris Bertoia, 8 of his former university teammates and much more good friends.
Ford was shaky at times as the Elks trailed by 13 factors early in the next 50 %.
But the 2021 winner of the Hec Crighton Trophy winner that goes to the most outstanding Canadian university soccer player threw a recreation-tying touchdown move to Kenny Lawler early in the fourth quarter.
The winning enjoy for the Elks (1-3) arrived with 1:38 remaining when defensive back Scott Hutter tackled Hamilton quarterback Dane Evans and knocked the ball free.
Jalen Collins recovered for a 14-property touchdown.
“I noticed him tackle him and believed, ‘please punch the ball out,'” Collins mentioned. “All we necessary was an possibility to shut the match out. We have been preventing all evening. It was ugly.”
The winless Tiger-Cats opened a time with 4 straight losses for the initially time due to the fact 2017 when they began -8.
“I want to apologize to all the fellas. I set equally dwelling losses on me,” Evans said. “I just have to acquire treatment of it, and we earn the video game.”
Evans was 20-for-31 in passing for 197 yards and a landing throw. He was intercepted two times.
Ford’s quantities didn’t sparkle, though he did hurry for 61 yards on six carries. The 24-year-old done 15 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a landing. He was intercepted once.
Edmonton’s defence helped out with interceptions by Sheldon Brady and Matthew Thomas, as effectively as the pivotal late-video game recovered fumble by Collins.
“A major shout out to the defence,” Ford mentioned. “They gained us that match. They made what, 3 or 4 turnovers? They did super perfectly.
“I have room for enhancement. I’m not likely to complain mainly because we did acquire. But I am heading to strike the movie home to see what I can critique and where I can get much better.”
Hamilton went following the rookie with several blitzes in the very first 50 %.
“My legs are likely to open up points up for my arm,” Ford stated.
Ford credited teammate and quarterback Nick Arbuckle, who started in Edmonton’s three losses this season, for advising him in the course of the video game on defensive reads.
“He’s been like that considering that working day one, even however we are competitors for the position,” Ford said.
He admitted to early jitters as Hamilton led 16-6 following the initial quarter and 19-9 at halftime.
“I usually get nervous for the 1st enjoy of each sport,” Ford reported. “I feel it truly is a fantastic point mainly because it suggests I treatment and that I want to win.”
Evans strike Steven Dunbar for a 21-lawn strike, and Lawrence Woods returned a kickoff of 72 yards for Hamilton’s initially-50 percent touchdowns.
Edmonton’s Kai Locksley scored on a a person-lawn plunge.
Elks kicker Sergio Castillo designed two of his 3 discipline-goal makes an attempt, although Hamilton counterpart Michael Domagala nailed his a few and gave the Ticats a guide with a 33-yarder with 3:10 remaining in the match
“We’re not great sufficient ideal now,” Hamilton head coach Orlondo Steinauer stated. “We are not executing at the amount which demands to happen. We are just not creating all those plays we require to make.”