Keith looks ready to roll

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

Kenton Keith looks ready for the regular season.

Last night the Saskatchewan Roughriders running back ran roughshod over the Edmonton Eskimos in a half's worth of work at Commonwealth Stadium.

Keith had six carries for 105 years and a touchdown in the Riders 22-7 win over the Eskimos.

"It's still early," said Roughriders head coach Danny Barrett. "He didn't get a chance to play last week and he was able to capitalize on a couple of holes tonight.

"They came after us in a blitz there and they left a couple of holes and if you don't cover the gaps, a guy like that will make you pay."

The five-foot-11, 189-pound back punctuated his evening with a 65-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Eskimos defence - the best run defence in the entire CFL last season.

"I figure they were bringing everybody and I just tried to find a crease on the play," said Keith. "I was kind of scared to really open up, because I had a hamstring problem last week and I think that's why I got caught in the end."

Keith started 12 games for the Roughriders last season before he missed the remainder of the season with an injury.

He and Corey Holmes gave the Riders a potent one-two punch in the backfield, giving Saskatchewan the best running attack in the league.

In the off-season, Homes was traded to Hamilton for the rights to the top pick in the CFL dispersal draft. A pick the Roughridgers used to get quarterback Kerry Joseph.

"I miss Corey, but we were never really in the game at the same time," Keith said. "He did his thing when he was in and I did my thing when we were in. Nobody is happy when you lose a player like Corey Holmes from your team, but it doesn't make me feel any different as far as doing the things I do on the field."


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