September 29, 2012
Stamps star hits milestone
By QMI Agency
Jon Cornish did it in style.
Cornish went into Friday’s tilt against the Edmonton Eskimos needing 53 yards to become the eighth Canadian to crack the 1,000-yard mark.
He went past 1,000 yards on a 73-yard touchdown to give the Stamps a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter and became just the second Canuck since the turn of the century to accomplish the feat.
It was also the longest run of his career.
The 27-year-old, who suited up for his 100th career game Friday, said he has always had his sights set far beyond cracking four digits.
“(At my current pace), then it’s 1,250 yards and it’s the second-highest by a Canadian all-time,” Cornish told the Sun Thursday.
“The biggest question is, ‘Can he get to the Normie Kwong record?’
“That’s where my sights are. That’s where I would like to go,” Cornish replied.
Kwong’s mark has stood for 56 years.
The former Eskimos star, who was inducted onto the Stamps’ wall of fame as a builder two weeks ago, racked up 1,437 yards in 1956.
Cornish leads the league with 1,127 yards along the ground and is poised to become the first Canadian to top the rushing charts since Ottawa Roughrider Orville Lee turned the trick in 1988 with 1,075 yards.
The New Westminster, B.C., product, who went over 100 yards before halftime Friday, has punished the Eskimos this season.
He scored a key 59-yard TD in the Labour Day rematch and finished with a career-best 185 yards.
He added two more majors Friday at McMahon Stadium during a 180-yard night.
Friday’s performance ended a topsy-turvy week for Cornish, who was fined by the team and the league for mooning Riders fans in Regina last Sunday.
After apologizing, he matched the fines with a donation to a local charity.
Nik Lewis moved another notch up the CFL receiving charts. His 15-yard catch in the first quarter moved him past former Hamilton Tiger-Cats great Earl Winfield (10,119) into 14th place all-time. Tommy-Joe Coffey (10,320 yards) is next up on the list. Lewis is just 53 yards shy of his ninth consecutive 1,000-yard campaign. He has caught at least one ball in each of his 153 career games ... The Stamps had the quick-strike offence going in the second quarter, going 73 yards on one play (Cornish’s run) and 74 yards in two plays (catches by Joe West and Johnny Forzani) for touchdowns.
The Stamps have an all-time record of 85-132-3 against the Esks ... Stamps special teams coach Mark Kilam is never at a loss for words but he seemed dumbfounded when Donovan Robinson downed a Rob Maver punt in the first quarter. Great play south of the border. But that’s a 15-yard penalty up here, Donovan ... A tweet from Sun writer Ian Busby prior to Friday’s game: “There is a full moon over McMahon Stadium right now. Hopefully Rider fans aren’t offended.”
Stamps PK Rene Paredes has hit 26-of-29 field goals. His 89.7% success rate is up from 78% as a rookie ... Maver is leading the CFL in net punting average. With Friday’s third-quarter coffin-corner boot to the Eskimos’ one yardline, it’s easy to see why.