Long gallop for rookie

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

If Wes Cates wasn't winded after a 74-yard run, the Calgary Stampeders' receiving corps made sure he was gasping for air.

After the running back scored on the long touchdown catch-and-run in a 44-23 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos, Ken-Yon Rambo led a dog-piling celebration. Four players jumped on Cates and Rambo did the three-count after tackling the rookie in the endzone.

"I was like, 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe,' " said Cates about being on the bottom of the pile.

"I was hoping they would carry me off but they just left me there."

Instead, the trainers had to come out and help the 27-year-old off the McMahon Stadium turf.

"I was done, they had that right," Cates said with a laugh afterwards.

"It was late in the game and it was a huge run. I was playing a lot on offence this time."

Last week in Montreal, Cates has a touchdown called back after the Stamps ran a perfectly executed fake field goal. Cates went through the entire celebration before learning he didn't have his first CFL touchdown.

This week, he kept the ball which officially marks the milestone. The play hammered home the victory for the Stamps, as quarterback Henry Burris found Cates alone along the Eskimos sideline. The running back made a nice cut to the inside and sped past the defenders to hit paydirt.

"I've had a couple of long ones in college but nothing I can remember like this," Cates said. "They stole a touchdown from me last week so it felt good to get that first one.

"When I saw that open field, I was looking towards the goal-line. I knew I had one man to beat and someone picked him up."

Cates, whose uncle Larry played with the Stampeders in the 1970s, can't wait for his father to see his big play.

"I always send the tape home so I hear about a week later after it's been in circulation," Cates said.


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