Troy in the running

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

For Troy Davis, it was vindication.

Proof he still had what it takes to be an elite running back in the CFL.

Now it's a matter of doing it again when the Toronto Argonauts return on Saturday.

'IT WASN'T ONLY TROY'

"It wasn't only Troy," said Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "Troy is not going to make 12 guys miss. Collectively, you have to get it done. We got it done because our offensive line did a tremendous job winning the battle at the line of scrimmage.

"I think there was only one exchange in the 22 carries, where there was any sort of penetration in the backfield. That was awesome."

Davis finished the game on Monday with 189 yards rushing against the Argonauts.

It was his best rushing performance as an Eskimo.

"I hope to get as many touches on the ball again," said Davis. "It's nothing that's ever promised to you, but the way our offensive linemen were pushing Toronto all up and down the field, I think they are going to come to me again, because we can run on that team."

Monday's encounter against the Argonauts was the most Davis has been used this season.

The second-year Eskimo had 20 carries for 90 yards in the Eskimos' Labour Day rematch victory over the Calgary Stampeders.

But apart from that game, he'd only been averaging just over 10 carries for under 54 yards per game.

"I understand how Troy could have been doubting himself at some point in time," said Maciocia. "He's not different than a lot of us, whether you're playing or coaching. When things are not going your way, you're wondering if you can still play, still coach and still do things. There's no question in my mind that he's a pretty good back."

So much was proven in the first game against Argonauts.

With the blocking he was getting up front, Davis became a catalyst in the Eskimos offence.

"I've been playing ball going on 24 years and that was one of the best performances I've had in a game," Davis said. "But this week we have to try and score points early, we can't just play half a game or three-quarters of a game and expect to win."

STUCK TO THE RUN

Surprisingly, the Eskimos kept to the running game in the second half against the Argonauts, despite falling behind 25-9 at halftime.

The tendency for team battling from behind is to go predominately through the air.

"It's hard when you're down by a few scores to keep running," said Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray. "But Danny and coach (Ron) Lancaster did a good job of sticking with that. I think that's important. I think if you go out there and get desperate, just because you're down, you can put yourself into some bad situations.

"We didn't do that. We came out in the second half, still ran the football and put some good drives together."

NOTES: Defensive back Donald Brady did not return to Edmonton following Monday's game. Brady went back to New York to attend his father's funeral today ... Defensive end Adam Braidwood did not practise and is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Argonauts with a pulled hamstring. Steve Charbonneau also sat out yesterday's practice, nursing a bad back.


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