Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ vet runs off with CFL weekly honour

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Published October 25, 2022 at 12:05 pm

Sean Thomas Erlington is the second Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back this month to cop a CFL top performer honour after having a century game.

The league announced that the 30-year-old Montrealer was the league’s second star for Week 2. Thomas Erlington had 13 rushes for 104 yards in Hamilton’s 30-27 win against the Ottawa Redblacks Friday night at Tim Hortons Field. With starter Don Jackson sidelined by an injury, Erlington provided majority of a rushing attack that tallied 177 yards with a 7.1-yard average.

Wes Hills, who had a 134-yard rushing night against Saskatchewan on Oct. 7, was held out of last Friday’s contest.

The Tiger-Cats’ win, combined with Montréal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders defeats last Saturday, locks Hamilton into third place in the East Division. They will wrap the regular season against Ottawa on Saturday, then travel to Montéal for the East Division semifinal on Nov. 6. That playoff contest will be at Percival Molson Stadium, where Thomas Erlington helped the Montréal Carabins defeat the McMaster Marauders in the 2014 Vanier Cup.

Running backs swept the honours. The British Columbia Lions’ James Butler was named the first star after tallying 162 scrimmage yards in a win against Edmonton. The Calgary Stampeders’ Dedrick Mills was named third star in recognition of his 125 scrimmage yards in a win at Saskatchewan.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges made up of Matt Dunigan and Marshall Ferguson of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of Réseau des sports (RDS), who independently send their selections to the CFL league office.

The recognition of Thomas Erlington marks the third week in a row that a Ticat has been included in the CFL’s weekly honours. Defensive back Richard Leonard and slotback Tim White were the first and second stars for Week 19. A week prior to that, Hills and defensive end Malik Carney were named the second and third stars.

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