“I’m going to have one of the best games of my life.” Bailey and Baltimore create excitement around Thursday’s game

The Ottawa Redblacks are 6-31 since the 2018 Grey Cup.

In the 2018 Grey Cup against the Calgary Stampeders it was Trevor Harris under centre for the Ottawa Redblacks.

On Thursday, while on their way to flip their 2022 CFL season, the Ottawa Redblacks get the opportunity to play against Trevor Harris and the Montreal Alouettes.

Under centre for the Ottawa Redblacks will be 24 year old Caleb Evans in place of the injured Jeremiah Masoli, and making his first start of the season, Evans has the trust of his players, including defensive back Sherrod Baltimore who said the following about the Redblacks position right now in the 2022 CFL season: “Our record stinks but but we don’t see that every day. We come to practice every day, we compete every day, and we stay focused. I feel if we keep competing and do a little more we will get the outcome we want. Its still early, I’m not going to say its too early because we want to win, and its sucked to keep losing and we’re going to do what we can to win. We’re going to keep getting better, and gonna get better every week.”

Sherrod Baltimore was also a part of that 2018 Ottawa Redblacks team with Trevor Harris, and actually had an interception to his name that game, something you may see once again on Thursday night against Harris and the Alouettes.

As for Thursday’s game against the Alouettes, in his interview with Jordan Zlomislic, Baltimore explained, “You can expect me to show out and play hard.” and requested something from R-Nation, “I’m going to need the fans behind me, behind us, I need everyone to come out to TD Place and be loud and just be crazy and we’re going to get that win for R-Nation.”

Lined up at cornerback as well, with Sherrod Baltimore, on the other side of the field this week is Hakeem Bailey.

Bailey has been in the lineup for the past two games and has made some big plays for the Redblacks defence already. He was a part of a couple of plays against the Roughriders in Saskatchewan for his CFL debut, but really made a splash last week in Hamilton, having made 5 tackles and what looked to be a game sealing interception.

After being away from the game of football, having not played a game of football since his time at West Virginia the Georgia native was thankful for the opportunity he got in the nation’s capital and is running with it. He explains it as, “the process of staying down and coming up.” saying, “when an opportunity comes you have to take full advantage of it and I was just blessed to go out there and make those plays again, make plays for my team and I’m excited to build off of that going into this weeks game.”

As mentioned previously, this week’s game for the Redblacks comes this Thursday against the Montreal Alouettes at TD Place. During the pre-season, in his only pre-season game, Hakeem Bailey played against the Montreal Alouettes and proved himself to the Redblacks as a ball hawk, having made two interceptions in the game. With him going up against the same team that he’s already had success going up against, Redblacks fans should be excited to watch Bailey perform Thursday night, really, they should be as excited as he is to be in front of the Redblacks fans.

Thursday will mark his first home game with the Redblacks and he is excited. Excited might be an understatement. “I’m going to have one of the best games of my life this week.” he told JZ Media’s Jordan Zlomislic, “just because I’ll have our fans behind us. It’s my first game playing at home, I know they are loud after watching the first couple games from the sideline, and it’ll be good to hear them cheer me on because right now I’ve heard boos when I make a play on the road, it will be good to have the fans cheer us on it’s going to add to the excitement and I can’t wait to make plays for them.”

The Redblacks and Alouettes will kick off at 7:00 on Thursday, be sure to tune in or be at TD Place to watch Baltimore and Bailey take on Trevor Harris and his Alouettes teammates.

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