CFL east semi-final preview

Natalie Marconi tees-up today's Argos-Ticats game at Tim Horton's.

Natalie Marconi tees-up today’s Argos-Ticats game at Tim Horton’s.

The last time the Argos and Ticats tussled in the post season was two years ago in the Eastern final, with Hamilton beating the Double Blue at the Rogers Centre. This time around they’re at Tim Horton’s Field, where Toronto has yet to win a single game.

Kent Austin likes to think that home field advantage shouldn’t matter: “Even though we won those games, we’ve made mistakes in those games and we’ve done some good things as well. The most important thing is to be well prepared for this stage.”

Jeremiah Masoli says he’s prepared for his first start of the season: “I’m just really excited, anxious. Been working really hard all year. Just proud to be a part of this team and I just can’t wait to get out there with them.”

Argo pivot Ricky Ray is looking forward to only his third start this year. He showed off his so-called “injured” arm in Winnipeg last week, and head coach Scott Milanovich says he’s got confidence in the 13-year CFL vet: “He’s good enough to play extremely well. I don’t know if he’d tell you he’s 100%, I don’t know, I haven’t asked him. But watching him in practice, he’s looked good.”

Ricky Ray: “You gotta understand that every play, you gotta be ready to go. If you’re off on one play, could be a big play in the other direction. So when you play a team like this, it makes you realize that no downs can be wasted.”

Because if he does, Simoni Lawrence says the Ticat defense will be waiting: “I like playing against the best. Anytime you get to go against a future hall of famer it’s a great opportunity. We believe we have one of the best defenses in the CFL and when you get to go against a guy like Ricky Ray… see who’s really a ball player and who’s not.”

It’s do or die today at one, with the winner moving on to the Eastern final next week in Ottawa.

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