Line up and take a bow, boys

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Of the wall-to-wall grins in the Stampeders locker-room following Saturday's 29-11 win over Toronto, the widest, brightest, smiles belonged to the giants along the offensive line.

Blasting open holes for running back Joffrey Reynolds is a pleasure for the men who owned a front-row seat for his 189-yard performance against the Argos.

"He was a freak back there," shouted Jeff Pilon above the post-victory din.

"The stuff that Joffrey was doing back there just makes my job a hell of a lot easier, all of us, to have guys like that in the backfield.

"They make us better and we make them better. They gave us confidence that, hey, we can move the ball and get some yards and they get confident that we can do the job and work even harder. It's a chain reaction."

Reynolds' performance rekindled memories of Stamps all-time leader Kelvin Anderson, whose No. 32 Reynolds now wears.

"Kelvin ran for a lot of yards and was a real good back," Pilon said.

"Joffrey's got a real good future here."

Veteran centre Jamie Crysdale agreed.

"As an offensive line, there's nothing better than to have a running back behind you who you know is churning and you know he's going to find the holes and you know he's going to run someone over if he can," Crysdale insisted.

"It goes back to the days when Kelvin was here, when we had a guy like that in the backfield who you're confident running the football. You know if you get your guys blocked up, he's going to make a play and he made some big runs today.

"You have to give credit to Joffrey because he runs the ball hard and makes our job that much easier."

Reynolds nodded his approval for the work of the big men creating room to run.

"The offensive line, you have to give them all the credit in the world for blocking those (linemen)," Reynolds said.

"They've got a defence that's trying to stop the run but still we were able to get some positive yards so they did an excellent job."

QUICK KICKS: Stampeders LB John Grace (abdominals), DB Omar Evans (back), LB Brian Clark (shoulder) and DL Antwone Young (knee), are expected to play Friday in Vancouver.

"Everybody's beat up this time of year, everybody's playing with injuries," GM-coach Matt Dunigan said. "Most of the injuries we received (Saturday) should be OK."


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