'Prine time pivot

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

The third man in for the Calgary Stampeders extended the win streak to three.

Backup quarterback Danny Wimprine came in last night for the injured Jason Gesser and led the Stamps to a 45-23 victory over the Ottawa Renegades in front of 21,211 fans at McMahon Stadium.

And he did it with a massive contribution from running back Joffrey Reynolds, who chewed up clock and the 'Gades for 185 yards along the ground with two touchdowns.

Stamps head coach Tom Higgins wasn't worried too much when starting pivot Jason Gesser left with a sprained ankle in the second quarter because he has a premier running back in his backfield.

"Reynolds continued to show he's the class of the CFL," Higgins said. "He continued to show he's one of the best running backs in this league.

"The test was last week when he started running north and south to get us tough yards. It was only a matter of time before we could spring him into the secondary. That really helped Danny considerably."

The win puts the Stamps at 7-6 and above .500 for the first time this late in the season since 2000, the last year they hosted a playoff game.

The Renegades have now dropped five straight and are in danger of falling out of the East Division playoff race at 5-8.

With No. 1 QB Henry Burris already on the sidelines with a torn thumb ligament, the Stamps took another hit to the pivotal position in the second quarter.

On a third and inches plunge, starting pivot Jason Gesser badly sprained his ankle while trying to push through the pile. Gesser was hauled off on a golf cart and immediately went to hospital to get his leg put in a cast.

Third-string QB Wimprine, a rookie out of Memphis, replaced Gesser and did an admirable job in an emergency situation. He finished off a scoring drive by handing the ball to Reynolds as the Stamps kept the score close in the second quarter.

Reynolds found a seam for 46-yard scamper down the right sideline after getting a huge block from tackle Jeff Pilon in the first quarter.

To start the second frame, Reynolds broke another up the middle for 19 yards. He took control near the end of the game and scored in the final minute to give him eight touchdowns this season.

"I wanted to get into a groove in this game," Reynolds said. "The offensive line came up on people and got into their own little groove. We were able to get a lot of positive yards."

"But Wimper played great. Hopefully he can continue to improve and keep going."

The 24-year-old Wimprine finished 10-of-21 passing for 162 yards but didn't make many mistakes.

Wimprine then moved the offence into position to keep chipping away with Sandro DeAngelis field goals and a 21-yard TD pass to Jeremaine Copeland.

DeAngelis hit from 19-, 33-, 45-, 29- and 45 yards as the Stamps didn't have much success in the red zone but Wimprine moved the offence enough to score points.

"This is a big win for us, especially to get three in a row," said Copeland. "Danny played a great game."


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