Reynolds in the running

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

Before they get some rest and relaxation, the Calgary Stampeders want to reward their R 'n' R.

Joffrey Reynolds is 95 yards up on Saskatchewan Roughriders tailback Wes Cates for the league rushing title with one game remaining.

And Ken-Yon Rambo is one yard ahead of Lions star slotback Geroy Simon heading into the meeting with B.C. Saturday at McMahon Stadium (3 p.m., TSN).

Reynolds, who can actually wrap up his title tonight if Cates doesn't get 96 yards against the Toronto Argonauts, said it's a testament to the entire offence that he and Rambo are in this position.

"It's big when you have the leading rusher and leading receiver on the same team," Reynolds said. "That shows you unselfish guys are spreading the ball around.

"If the game is in hand, and, for some reason, I've already won the title by Saturday, I would stand by and watch Simon go one-on-one with Ken-Yon."

Rambo's title is as dependent on the Stampeders defence as it is his own play.

However, Rambo -- who has been extremely consistent in getting a career-high 97 catches for 1,392 yards this season -- isn't going around to his defensive backs trying to motivate them to shut Simon down.

"I can tell the guys to contain him, but Geroy is a great player," Rambo said. "He is going to get his share and we hope to contain him.

"I have the utmost respect for Geroy. It's awesome to be on his level. He's been doing it for years. This is my first year getting into that rhythm and getting as many balls. It's an honour to be able to compete with him for this title."

Last season at this time, Reynolds was inexplicably rested for the playoffs in the season-finale in Vancouver against the Lions.

That broke a personal iron-man streak of 58 games that started in 2004.

So starting and finishing every single game this year is quite an achievement for the 28-year-old Texan. He is the only starting tailback to do that this season.

"As a player, you sign up for every game," Reynolds said. "I've had better seasons but maybe we weren't moving the ball the way we should have, or somebody (else in the league) got more carries.

"This year, it's come down to me being productive and staying injury free. At the running back position ... it's rough.

"Sometimes, perseverance is what it takes. Fortunately, in my career, I've been able to do that."

Although this game is meaningless in the standings for the Stamps, head coach John Hufnagel will be playing his starters because the team will enjoy a bye next week.

Hufnagel would like to see Rambo and Reynolds earn their respective titles as a reward for all the hard work.

"We want them to win those things," Hufnagel said. "The coaching staff would like to see them get those accomplishments.

"If you have the opportunity to work hard all year and be in that position, hey, let's go for it. I'm sure B.C. is saying the same thing."


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