Cornish gets another shot at Alouettes

Stampeders running back Jon Cornish during a game against the Alouettes at McMahon Stadium in...

Stampeders running back Jon Cornish during a game against the Alouettes at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., July 2, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

KINGSTON, ONT. - It was truly a tale of two halves.

When he matched wits with the Montreal Alouettes’ defence on Canada Day, Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish headed to the locker-room at halftime with two touchdowns recorded on the game-sheet and his first 100-plus all-purpose yards effort of the campaign already in the books.

He didn’t do much to pad those stats in the second half.

“When you go into the locker-room with 108 yards and then you come out and go back in with only 114, it’s not quite as much fun as you thought you would have,” Cornish admitted.

Good news is he’ll get another crack at the Als’ run-stoppers during Thursday’s showdown at Percival Molson Stadium (5:30 p.m., TSN, QR77), the final stop on the Stamps’ extended road-trip.

After the B.C.-born ball-carrier blamed his second-half struggles in Week 1 on dehydration, the Alouettes might consider having the taps turned off in his hotel room once the Stamps arrive in La Belle Province.

They certainly didn’t have much success stopping Cornish the old-fashioned way in the early stages of a 38-10 loss to the Stamps in the season-opener.

Considered among the front-runners to win the rushing title, the 27-year-old racked up 86 yards on 18 carries and added 28 yards on three receptions, plus made two trips to the endzone.

After Monday’s sun-scorched practice session at Queen’s University, Cornish dared the Alouettes to try to halt Stamps’ ground game in Thursday’s rematch, saying all-of-a-sudden that starting quarterback Kevin Glenn would make them pay for that.

“If they really decided to and wanted to stop our run, they can go ahead,” Cornish said with a shrug. “Our passing attack, I think it’s pretty precise. We’re able to march the ball down the field passing or running, so if they decide they want to stop our run, that’d be cool. Now, I know what to expect, plus I won’t be as dehydrated as I was.”

Backup running back LaMarcus Coker skipped Monday’s workout — and presumably, an afternoon bowling session with the team — with a knee sprain, although the Stamps are optimistic he’ll be back at full-speed for Thursday’s tilt.

TATE’S TEAM, NO QUESTION

Stamps sideline boss John Hufnagel is still awaiting word on the severity of Drew Tate’s dislocated left shoulder.

Regardless of the results of his MRI, one thing is already certain — the injured quarterback doesn’t have to worry about job security while he’s on the sidelines.

“Drew Tate is our starting quarterback,” Hufnagel told reporters in response to a question about the possibility of an eventual conundrum in Cowtown.

“Hopefully, it’s a speedy recovery. In the between time, whoever is playing the quarterback position needs to be able handle the gameplan, make the decisions and help us win football games.”

As expected, former Hec Crighton Trophy-winning signal-caller Brad Sinopoli officially re-joined the Stamps for Monday’s practice. He’ll serve as a sidekick to Glenn and backup Bo Levi Mitchell while Tate recovers.

Sinopoli was the Stamps’ third-stringer all of last season, so he’s already familiar with the offensive playbook and personnel.

“Drew and I are pretty tight, so I felt bad for him, obviously, and I want him to be back healthy as fast as I can,” Sinopoli said. “And he was playing well, too, so I like seeing that. But that’s just the way the game goes.”

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