School foes battle again

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

Back when they played under those Friday night lights, Quincy Stewart assumed the villain's role in Joffrey Reynolds' bio-movie.

The story began with an aspiring running back in Tyler, Tex., racking up hundreds of yards per game and becoming the star at Lee high school.

Stewart was the imposing, scary linebacker who was a year older and played on the most destructive defence in the city over at John Tyler high school.

When they met on Fridays -- much like the movie from a couple of years ago -- Stewart won the battles, grinding the future Calgary Stampeders back to a halt.

So after years apart, Reynolds had a chance to finally solve Stewart now that his old nemesis plays for the Edmonton Eskimos.

The final stats from last week's season-opener tell the rest of the story. Reynolds carried the ball 13 times and picked up 153 yards, including huge scampers of 44 and 53.

Although he didn't think of it as a one-on-one matchup with Stewart, it was still somewhat of a redemption.

"They did pound us a couple of times in high school," Reynolds said yesterday as he prepared for tomorrow night's rematch in Edmonton (8 p.m., TSN).

"He was part of a great team. They were really dominant but, after he left, my team started to take over (in Tyler). That was a long time ago and things change."

Now the Eskimos are left to make some adjustments after Reynolds ran all over them last week.

Edmonton middle linebacker A.J. Gass is still sidelined due to personal matters.

So, Stewart will be the one needing to step up his game or watch Reynolds continue his impression of a solar-powered vehicle: Running well without Gass.

"This week, I really look forward to them trying to stop the run," Reynolds said. "I won't be surprised if they are run blitzing a lot, which will set up our play-action pass.

"It will be key for us to keep that balance. Nobody wants to get ran on all the time and get labelled for that. I expect them to come with something different."

The key to the Stamps' success running the ball in the opener was Reynolds broke free of the first tackler on many occasions.

Calgary's offensive line also did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage and letting Reynolds take on the secondary.

So, although he won the first pro battle with Stewart, he expects a better effort from his old foe.

"It hardly ever comes down to one player because there are 11 other guys out there," Reynolds said.

"Quincy is a strong, physical guy who is quite fast too. He might have more speed than Gass.


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