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Defences must come to play
Ticats and Lions will put revamped lineup to the test
By PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

HAMILTON -- The defences won't rest for the B.C. Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Lions (1-0) and Tiger-Cats (0-1) are playing with rebuilt defences, notably in the secondary and at linebacker, and will be hoping the replacements do an adequate job when the teams meet tonight at Ivor Wynne Stadium (7:30 p.m.).

The Lions will be without cornerbacks Eric Carter, a onetime Tiger-Cat, and Curtis Anderson, both sidelined with injuries. James Wells, who was cut in training camp, will occupy one of the spots, while Keith Heyward-Johnson, another newcomer, will move over from his defensive halfback spot.


With Toya Jones, another rookie, playing the other defensive back spot, and rookie Ryan Doak at safety, B.C.'s only veteran in the backfield is Bo Lewis. Linebackers Sedrick Curry and Barrin Simpson are rookies.

"We'll miss Eric, we'll miss his leadership, he's a special guy," Lions coach Steve Buratto said. "I'm sure Mr. McManus (Tiger-Cats' quarterback Danny McManus) will test these guys."

Damon Allen, the Lions quarterback, will be looking at Tiger-Cats' rookie cornerback Dedric Mathis and rookie defensive back Duane Butler, plus rookie linebackers Jason Lamar and Sean Woodson.

"You're going to test all new guys, that's the golden rule," Tiger-Cats coach Ron Lancaster said. "If you find out you have problems (attacking the newcomers), you leave them alone."

The Tiger-Cats secondary surrendered two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 30-28 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Friday.

The Lions beat the Edmonton Eskimos 35-28 in overtime last Saturday, but struggled on both sides of the ball after building a 15-1 halftime lead.

B.C.'s pressure defence is co-ordinated by assistant Gary Etcheverry, who had stops in Toronto and Saskatchewan. The unit produced four sacks and two interceptions against Edmonton. Hamilton had two sacks and one interception.

Hamilton scored three-quarters of its points on field goals by Paul Osbaldiston.

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