On Saturday the Ottawa Redblacks will be in Hamilton, playing the Tiger-Cats at 4:00 eastern day light time at Tim Hortons Field. The week 12 matchup will mark 23 year old quarterback Caleb Evans’ 5th career start and after 3 straight losses he and his teammates will look to rebound and get back in the win column as they reach the last 4 games of the 2021 CFL season.
Evans, despite losing three straight games has played well as a rookie quarterback, throwing for 795 yards and 4 scores while even running for 208 yards. There have also been 7 interceptions thrown, however as a rookie quarterback that has zero experience going into this season at the professional level, those are mistakes that were expected out of him and he has been impressing everyone around the CFL thus far in his career. In Hamilton, he will be alongside Devlin Hodges on the depth chart at the quarterback position as well. So if the game doesn’t go the Redblacks’ way like last week against the Alouettes, Hodges may also see his first career CFL action.
That is not guaranteed though, but what is guaranteed is the game action that running back De’Lance Turner will see in Hamilton in his 3rd career CFL start for the Redblacks. In his debut in Montreal he carried the ball 10 times for 71 yards and added 15 receiving yards to his totals on 3 receptions, in last week’s home matchup against the Alouettes he had 32 rushing yards, giving him over 100 yards rushing over two games. He will look to run for 100 yards in one single game as he faces the Tiger-Cats on Saturday to open up Evans’ passing and run game of his own. Evans’ favourite targets R.J Harris and Ryan Davis will be in the lineup once again and after catching just 3 passes in the last two games, R.J Harris will need to be incorporated into the game plan to ensure that the Redblacks and the offence have a chance in Hamilton.
On the defensive side of the ball, Redblacks’ star linebacker Avery Williams is returning to the lineup after missing last week’s game against the Alouettes and big games are expected out of defensive backs Abdul Kanneh, Sherrod Baltimore and Brandin Dandridge as they look to lead Mike Benevides’ defence to some late season success alongside defensive linemen Cleyon Laing and Avery Ellis.
For Bob Dyce’s special teams crew, the Ottawa Redblacks will be without electric kickoff returner DeVonte Dedmon but will indeed see the first CFL action of slot receiver and speedster Terry Williams. Williams, the former University of Tennessee Martin star will look to make an impact in the return game, as if Dedmon were there.
Watch the Redblacks from home tomorrow as they take on the Tiger-Cats at 4:00 in Hamilton. The game will be televised on TSN and ESPN2.