Hamilton-baltimore Tonight

August 10, 1994|By Ken Murray

Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 7:30

Line: Baltimore by 8

TV/Radio: No TV/WJFK (1300 AM)

Records: Hamilton 1-4, Baltimore 3-2 in Eastern Division

Last week: Baltimore outlasted Las Vegas, 38-33; Hamilton defeated Shreveport, 38-15.

On the sidelines: John Gregory is 23-32 since becoming Hamilton's coach in 1991. He is 56-73-1 overall, including a Grey Cup championship with Saskatchewan in 1989. Baltimore's Don Matthews (99-61-1 over 10 years) is attempting to become the sixth CFL coach to win 100 games.

What Hamilton has to do to win: Get another big game from QB Timm Rosenbach, who threw for 397 yards in the Tiger-Cats' first victory last week. Hamilton's five-receiver offense got Rosenbach untracked after a slow transition to the CFL. Baltimore ranks last in pass defense, giving up an average of 360 yards a game. But Hamilton ranks eighth in passing yards. Baltimore's big advantage is the turnover. The CFLs have 16 take-aways.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Take advantage of Hamilton's inconsistent offensive line and pressure Rosenbach into mistakes. DT Robert Presbury (five sacks) and O. J. Brigance (three) have eight of the team's 11 sacks. With the exception of the Winnipeg loss, the CFLs have had decent pressure on the opposing quarterback. On offense, Tracy Ham needs to stay away from club sandwiches and turnovers. Recovered from the food poisoning that forced him from the game in the first half last week, Ham needs to generate more second-half offense, and the CFLs have to learn to protect a lead better.

Injury report: amilton -- OLB John Motton (knee), OG Dale Sanderson (ankle), CB Corris Irvin (shoulder), DB Bobby Dawson (biceps), DL Gary Wilkerson (leg) and DE Steve Bates (hand) are out. Baltimore -- PR Stan Petry (neck) is out; WR Walter Wilson (hip), SB Chris Armstrong (knee), DT Robert Presbury (thumb), FB Peter Tuipulotu (hand), and QB Tracy Ham (foot) will play.

Outlook: Its first win of the season and getting the 1996 Grey Cup finally gave Hamilton some relief. But it will take a strong effort by the Tiger-Cats -- or a lot of Baltimore turnovers -- to make it two in a row. Baltimore won under adverse conditions in Las Vegas, beating the heat, the officials and food poisoning. The offense is due for a big game. This could be the one.

Baltimore roster

Coach: Don Matthews

No. ... ... Player ... ... ... ... P ... ... Ht. ... ... Wt. ... Exp.

00 .. .. .. Donald Igwebuike .. .. K ... ... 5-9 ... ... 185 ... R

1 ... .. .. Eddie Britton .. .. .. WR .. ... 5-9 ... ... 165 ... 2

3 ... .. .. Karl Anthony ... .. .. CB .. ... 5-9 ... ... 175 ... 5

7 ... .. .. Tracey Gravely ... ... OLB .. .. 6-3 ... ... 213 ... 4

8 ... .. .. Tracy Ham ... .. .. .. QB ... .. 5-11 .. ... 200 ... 8

9 ... .. .. Charles Anthony ... .. HB ... .. 6-2 ... ... 195 ... 3

10 .. .. .. Shawn Jones ... ... .. QB ... .. 6-1 ... ... 200 ... R

15 .. .. .. John Congemi .. ... .. QB ... .. 5-11 .. ... 188 ... 7

17 .. .. .. Michael Brooks ... ... FS ... .. 6-2 ... ... 190 ... R

20 .. .. .. Sheldon Canley ... ... RB ... .. 5-9 ... ... 200 ... R

21 .. .. .. Irvin Smith ... .. ... CB ... .. 5-10 .. ... 185 ... R

22 .. .. .. Josh Miller ... .. ... P ... ... 6-2 ... ... 215 ... R

27 .. .. .. Mike Pringle .. .. ... RB .. ... 6-0 ... ... 190 ... 2

32 .. .. .. Peter Tuipulotu .. ... FB .. ... 5-11 .. ... 215 ... R

33 .. .. .. Ken Watson ... ... ... HB .. ... 6-2 ... ... 200 ... 6

36 .. .. .. Lester Smith ... .. .. FS .. ... 5-11 .. ... 180 ... R

39 .. .. .. Matt Goodwin ... .. .. HB .. ... 6-2 ... ... 205 ... R

50 .. .. .. Earnest Fields ... ... MLB .. .. 5-11 .. ... 240 ... R

51 .. .. .. Nick Subis ... ... ... OL ... .. 6-5 ... ... 280 ... 2

54 .. .. .. Melendez Byrd .. .. .. MLB .. .. 6-1 ... ... 226 ... R

55 .. .. .. Malcolm Goodwin ... .. RE ... .. 6-2 ... ... 235 ... R

57 .. .. .. O.J. Brigance .. .. .. RE ... .. 6-0 ... ... 220 ... 4

61 .. .. .. O'Neil Glenn ... .. .. OL ... .. 6-2 ... ... 290 ... R

62 .. .. .. Keith Ballard .. .. .. OL ... .. 6-4 ... ... 300 ... R

64 .. .. .. Scott Miller ... .. .. OL ... .. 6-4 ... ... 285 ... R

66 .. .. .. Neal Fort ... .. .. .. OL ... .. 6-7 ... ... 310 ... R

67 .. .. .. Tom Fuhler .. .. .. .. DT ... .. 6-4 ... ... 285 ... R

68 .. .. .. Shahriar Pourdanesh .. OL ... .. 6-6 ... ... 290 ... R

72 .. .. .. Robert Presbury ... .. DT ... .. 6-2 ... ... 285 ... R

80 .. .. .. Joe Washington ... ... WR ... .. 6-3 ... ... 202 ... R

81 .. .. .. Chris Armstrong .. ... SB ... .. 6-2 ... ... 210 ... 3

84 .. .. .. Walter Wilson .. .. .. WR ... .. 5-10 .. ... 180 ... R

85 .. .. .. Shawn Beals ... ... .. SB ... .. 5-10 .. ... 185 ... 4

86 .. .. .. Robert Clark .. ... .. WR ... .. 5-10 .. ... 180 ... R

94 .. .. .. Jesse Becton .. ... .. OLB .. .. 6-0 ... ... 200 ... R

98 .. .. .. Jearld Baylis .. .. .. NT ... .. 6-0 ... ... 280 ... 8

Hamilton roster

Coach: John Gregory

No. ... ... Player ... ... ... ... P ... ... Ht. ... ... Wt. ... Exp.

1 ... .. .. Earl Winfield .. .. .. WR .. ... 5-11 ... .. 185 ... 8

2 ... .. .. Timm Rosenbach ... ... QB .. ... 6-2 ... ... 215 ... 1

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