Reynolds up for rematch

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

The Battle of the Backs -- Part I -- went to Wes Cates.

Calgary Stampeders running back Joffrey Reynolds is eager to even the score.

Cates, second to Reynolds in the Stamps backfield prior to last year's trade to Saskatchewan, was the star of Saturday's 22-21 CFL victory over the Stampeders.

He piled up 160 yards -- including 139 along the ground -- and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.

Reynolds managed 46 yards rushing and added another 47 through the air.

The key to getting Reynolds more involved tomorrow in Regina (8 p.m., TSN) will come down to whether the Stamps can extend some early drives and avoid falling behind on the scoreboard.

"Converting on second down will be big for us," Reynolds said. "Obviously, that gives us the opportunity to run more plays. When you're constantly going two-and-out, two-and-out, two-and-out, nobody gets a good look. We definitely want to see some consistency and execution."

Cates, the early frontrunner as the league's MVP, leads all CFL rushers with 632 yards.

The Riders' ball-control offence has allowed Cates to thrive as he's rushed the ball 102 times.

Reynolds, who's third in the league with 454 yards, has only been handed the pigskin 77 times.

Every back wants to carry the rock more often, and Reynolds is no different. But it could be worse.

Montreal Alouettes running back Avon Cobourne is second in the CFL with 471 yards on just 69 touches.

But Reynolds is confident he'll get his chances if the club can avoid mental errors that plagued the offence last tilt.

"Obviously, you have to catch the ball to keep the drive going. Guys weren't in the groove, and we weren't sure how the defence was playing. When you're able to sustain drives, you're able to get a feel for how the defence is going to play. Then you can make your moves.

"That's something we need to iron out -- sustain drives early and let everyone get into their rhythm."

The 5-ft.-10, 218-pounder expects to see the 3-3 Stamps more focused and determined than ever when they take the field for tomorrow's crucial game against the 6-0 Riders.

"From the passing game to the offensive line to myself, we have to be more aggressive. When the ball's in the air, we have to catch it. When it's a run play, we have to attack.

"Every run play is not going to be a 20-yard run. Granted, they have a good defence, and you have to respect that.

"But it comes down to us executing and having their defence stay on the field."


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