Surreal ride for junior stars

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

It's six weeks into the CFL regular season - but to Calgary Stampeder Rob Cote, it still seems like a dream.

"It is still a little bit surreal," said the fullback, who is raising eyebrows because of his story and production.

Fresh out of the junior ranks in Victoria, the Calgary native has already scored two touchdowns this season, including one last week.

It has been quite a rookie campaign already.

But his success doesn't seem to come as a huge surprise to Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

As a former junior coach, Maciocia is a big marketer of junior talent.

"There is a lot of quality football players playing junior football," said Maciocia yesterday.

"In our own backyard here with Taylor Inglis and J.R. LaRose and (Terriss) Paliwoda (came from junior)."

SHORT HIT ...

The Calgary Stampeders need to avoid heading to the locker-room trailing the Eskimos tonight.

Since the start of 2005, the Eskimos are 15-1-1 when leading at halftime.

FINISH LINES ...

Hardly anybody paid any attention to it, but it appeared some members of the Calgary Stampeders were able to get their feet on the Commonwealth Stadium grass yesterday.

That rarely happens for an opposition team the day before a game.

PARTING SHOT ...

Calgary Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins paid Maciocia a compliment yesterday when asked about the Eskimos playoff streak ending last year.

"He weathered the storm nicely," said Higgins.


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