Reynolds outshines Williams

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

On a night when a kicker did well to overshadow Ricky Williams, it was Joffrey Reynolds who wound up stealing the show from everyone.

"Ask me who the most outstanding player should be this year and I'd say hand it to Joffrey Reynolds right now," beamed Stamps QB Henry Burris following a 39-18 beat-down of the Toronto Argos.

"When we need a play most, he's always there."

Case in point:

Early in the second half of a field position chess match that saw sensational Sandro DeAngelis account for all of Calgary's points in a 12-4 stalemate, Reynolds emerged from the backfield to play the hero. Catching a short swing pass from Burris, the league's leading rusher bounced 62 yards downfield to break open a game very much in doubt to that point. Four plays later he pounded into the endzone for his first of two scores in a game hyped all week around his Argos counterpart.

"We had been kicking field goals all night and any big play by them would have put them right in the game so that play gave us some big separation," said Reynolds of the long rumble that eclipsed Williams' evening rushing total of 57 yards on 11 carries.

"The hype around him was expected -- he's a big name and great NFL running back, you have to expect that. He made some good runs and is a good power runner. I wasn't extra motivated to play him, just motivated to win the game."

Although the Argos found the endzone twice in the final five minutes when the game was well out of reach, the effort was a brilliant one by Denny Creehan's bunch as it allowed the most prolific passer in football history, Damon Allen, to get his team inside Calgary's 50-yard line just four times all night.

It was as much a testament to the defence as it was the special teams, led by DeAngelis who potted the first three kicks from 49, 51 and 49 yards.

"Tonight was tighter than it looked but the difference was our punt team pinning them in," pointed out d-lineman Sheldon Napastuk, whose unit pressured Allen to the point he only had 100 yards passing with five minutes left.

Methodically picking apart a vaunted Argos defence in the second half with every weapon available, Burris continued to avoid the long ball, which has done more harm than good this year. He's finally sticking to short, high percentage passes, which are peppered with the ever-dangerous rushing skills of the man who is undoubtedly the league's premiere back.

Their sixth win in seven outings came against a winner of five straight that is supposed to be the best the east has to offer, which puts the Stamps even closer to being the team to beat in the CFL this year.

"Nope -- until we beat those guys on the west coast we haven't done a thing," said Burris, refusing to get too high off of one of the team's most complete efforts of the year.

"The real measuring stick is BC -- they're really our kryptonite right now," added Reynolds, who had 86 yards rushing on 17 carries.

Mixing play calls on both sides of the ball brilliantly all night, the coaches even shone as Higgins was savvy enough to challenge a late Argos interception that was overturned.

"I'm really proud of these guys," said Higgins. "For the second week in a row we had a real solid effort on offence, defence and specials teams."

Indeed, with the kick returning game also rounding into shape the Stamps literally have no weakness at this point in time.

The hype from here on out should be all about the Stamps.


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