Reynolds aching for increased workload in rematch

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

It was Labour Day, so Joffrey Reynolds expected more work.

But by the time the Calgary Stampeders running back got his third carry yesterday, which went for 13 yards in a 37-16 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos, his team's starting quarterback was out with a toe injury.

The Stamps weren't ignoring Reynolds.

It's just that Ricky Ray and the Eskimos offence were controlling the ball with long drives.

Edmonton kept the ball from the opening kickoff until there was only 7:19 left on the clock in the first quarter.

"We weren't really on the field that much and other times we couldn't convert," Reynolds said.

"We got down there with opportunities to score six and we're kicking field goals. They are scoring six and that's the difference right there."

To open the second half, Reynolds came out flying.

He broke a 30-yard gain up the left side of the field, then hit on rushes of eight and nine yards to get in position to score.

Reynolds then hammered the ball in from three yards out to take the lead.

"After that, they stayed on the field and kept the ball away from us," Reynolds said.

"We never got back into our rhythm. This is definitely a disappointment here at home.

"You always want to win here. We get a chance to redeem ourselves and play at their place (Friday night)."

Disaster struck what could have been a decent overall individual performance later in the quarter.

On a kickoff return, Reynolds was hammered hard by Eskimos player Derrick Doggett and Adrian Baird.

He fumbled the ball and left temporarily with a back spasm, but the turnover was costly because the Stamps offence couldn't get back on track.

Reynolds should be ready for the rematch Friday at Commonwealth Stadium.

"This is an uphill battle for us," Reynolds said.

"We can't have the same mistakes. I had the fumble on the kickoff return and I can't do that.

"We have to score six while they are scoring six."


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