Joffrey Reynolds couldn’t ask for a more perfect opponent this week.
The Calgary Stampeders running back needs 138 yards to set a franchise rushing record, and considering the Edmonton Eskimos have the worst ground defence in the league this season, it’s entirely possible it could happen on Labour Day.
But the upcoming milestone isn’t the first thing on the seven-year veteran’s mind.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said Reynolds, who has spent his entire CFL career so far with Calgary. “This seems like another season where we’re trying to win games. I really can’t say what it’s going to feel like.”
The Eskimos aren’t worried about any statistical landmarks, either.
“I don’t know. Those things kind of just happen, they’re not forced,” said Eskimos defensive tackle Dario Romero. “But I’m sure they’re going to do what they had success with last game. I don’t see them changing anything up. They’re going to come out with that, see what they can get and then go from there.”
In their first meeting of the season, Reynolds rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, while his Canadian counterpart, Jon Cornish, added 74 rushing yards for Calgary in a 56-15 victory.
If Reynolds shoulders more of the load to eclipse the club record of 8,292 yards against the Eskimos, it will take a back seat to the rest of the Labour Day Classic.
“I’m not expecting any more fire from Joffrey because of this franchise record, I’m expecting Joffrey to be Joffrey,” said Eskimos middle linebacker Maurice Lloyd. “He always runs the ball hard. He always does the little things, third-and-short, second-and-short. He’s always sticking his nose in and doesn’t try to do anything out of his character.
“I’m expecting Joffrey to get the ball and run the ball hard no matter if it was a franchise record or just for a regular game. I’m expecting 21 to run the ball hard.”