Cornish 1, Sherritt 0

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:40 AM ET

EDMONTON - It was the hyped matchup everyone wanted to see on a holiday.

The CFLs leading rusher vs. the leagues record-pace tackler.

For a brief moment, it was there. Open field. One on one.

Jon Cornish put his hand out, cut to the right and pushed J.C. Sherritt away to score the touchdown on a 10-yard reception.

Chalk this one up to the Calgary Stampeders running back.

Cornish is a special guy and hes doing special things out there, Stamps right guard Dimitri Tsoumpas said. Im not surprised to see him juke anybody. Thats what he does.

Sherritts one of the marquee players in the league. You want to win that matchup. If you win those key matchups, you stand a good chance of winning the game.

It does fire you up when you win those matchups. It demoralizes the other team a little bit. Hopefully, we keep playing at a high level and matching up well against these guys.

Sherritt, who has a remarkable 78 tackles this season, gets a chance for quick revenge after Mondays 31-30 loss to the Stampeders.

And he cant wait until Fridays Labour Day Rematch, not so much to face Cornish again, but to even the season series with the Stampeders.

As a middle linebacker, for me to get caught up in a one-on-one battle, that would let our team down, because I wouldnt be doing my job, Sherritt said.

I read the play a little late. When I got out there, I thought I was on the right angle. I thought he would cut back and he did. Hes a strong enough back where I didnt get my body on him.

I got my hands on him. With backs that good, you put a hand on him, its not going to do much. I have to tip my hat to him. I will treat the situation where Ive treated every situation throughout my whole career. I will learn from it and get better.

Any loss is brutal, but a one-point loss to Calgary is as bad as it gets, outside of the post-season.

When you come off a loss, there is a sense of urgency. We felt it all week.

After getting 71 yards on 13 carries, Cornish dropped to second in the CFL rushing title race, but hes just six yards behind Kory Sheets of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

He won the main battle against Sherritt, scoring the TD, but the Eskimos middle linebacker took his share of victories.

Sherritt forced a fumble from Cornish in the first half, stuffed him for zero gain on another rush and dropped him for just one yard on a reception.

But Cornish agrees with Sherritt on one thing: Its not a head-to-head matchup. Its a team game.

When you are on the field, you dont worry about what is on the namebar, Cornish said. You just worry about doing the job you are supposed to do.

They have great linebackers, but when you are on the field, you acknowledge that fact, but you just play. After it was all said and done, I had a good game against Edmonton. I cant say I had a good game against one single player.

A year ago in the Labour Day rematch, Cornish had a bit of a breakout game against the Eskimos by scampering for 84 yards on just four touches.

Two weeks later, he took over the starting job from Joffrey Reynolds.

It was one of the first games where we got the run game established, Cornish said. I look forward to it happening again this year. Its been a one-year cycle since I got serious running back reps.

Im actually really looking forward to this game to see how Ive improved as a player.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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