The sequel will sizzle

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The last time a Reynolds faced The Longest Yard, a young Burt managed to save the day.

Calgary Stampeders running back Joffrey Reynolds didn't have the same success in the movie called the Labour Day Classic.

Reynolds finished the contest against the Edmonton Eskimos with eight carries for ... one yard.

The worst incident was a goal-line pitch-out in which Reynolds ended up losing 12 and putting his team in a third and long.

So, just like the critically panned remake of the classic flick, Reynolds doesn't want to see a repeat tonight when the Stampeders invade Commonwealth Stadium for the rematch (7 p.m., TSN).

And no one would have blamed the second-year Stamp if he had nightmares about Green and Gold enemies this week. Everywhere he went Monday there was somebody ready to pop him, including when he made a reception and was drilled by Eskimos safety Kelly Wiltshire.

"They brought a lot of people down to stop the running game ... halfbacks, deep backs, the safety," Reynolds said. "They tried to stop stuff on the front side, the back side. They had both halfbacks coming at me.

"We have to throw them out and get the defence backpedalling. We have to get them in zone and set it up for me to come downhill on the run. We're not going to just smash the ball on them. They're just too good."

Edmonton set their game plan to shut down Reynolds, knowing as he goes, so go the Stampeders. Middle linebacker A.J. Gass will again focus his attention on No. 21 in the hopes of disrupting the passing attack in the process.

"We have to do the same thing again in terms of stopping the run and making them a one-dimensional offence," Gass said.

"If you can get those four guys up front to pin their ears back knowing it's going to be a pass, it reeks havoc in their backfield with the quarterback."

Reynolds understands the Eskimos will be coming after him and doesn't mind. He plans on getting more yardage tonight but also knows it will be easier with a lead.

"They should focus on me," the 25-year-old said. "When you can shut down one part of the game, you can concentrate on the other. As an offensive unit, we have to help each other out. We have to hurt them deep so they're not just focused on getting in there and stopping the run.

"They can't be bringing defensive backs down that should be covering the pass. They shouldn't be getting in on stopping the run.

"There were a couple of runs where I cut back for what should have been a six- or seven-yard game but the opposite-side halfback would come crashing down on the backside."


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