Reynolds feels the rush

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Joffrey Reynolds knew early on this would be a special Labour Day outing.

On just his second touch, the Calgary Stampeders running back split the Edmonton Eskimos defence to bust a 35-yarder en route to a 96-yard, two-touchdown performance.

"Success breeds confidence and when you're confident early, you get to see things and get a feel for the game," beamed Reynolds, who leads the CFL with 969 rushing yards.

And Reynolds was feeling it all game against an Eskimos team that is one of the worst at stopping the run.

In the second quarter, Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris faked a pitch to Reynolds, then ran for 16 yards three plays before Reynolds charged in from seven yards out for the team's first major.

Reynolds suggested Burris' own solid effort running the ball -- 88 yards on eight carries -- may have opened things up for the team's top back.

"It's got to because when they see me fake to the ball, they're flying out of there, so anytime we can get the bootleg or play-action off that, that's big."

Reynolds' second score was a five-yard effort midway through the fourth quarter for a 36-20 lead, essentially sealing the win.

"To kind of put them down and bury them, that's what we have to do," Reynolds said.

"We had trouble early in the year in the red zone and it's come around for us now."

His best effort may have been a 19-yard dash in the third quarter, cutting back against the flow.

The second score came off a pitch deep in the backfield, allowing Reynolds more time for the lanes to open.

"It gives things time to develop, it gives me the advantage of seeing the cutback lane of I can keep it on the front side," Reynolds said.


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