Grounds for Joffrey's great gains

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

HAMILTON -- If Joffrey Reynolds was in a slump, considered it busted.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats picked their poison trying to shut down the Calgary Stampeders passing attack, so the visitors turned to their workhorse last night at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Reynolds ran for 128 yards on 17 carries in the 28-17 victory, the first time since Sept. 20 in Toronto he hit the century mark.

It was the most carries Reynolds has received since Aug. 7 against the Riders.

"Teams have been crowding the box trying to stop the run," said Reynolds, who now has a 143-yard lead over Wes Cates for the CFL rushing title.

"That's why Hank has had about 340 passing a game. It was good to have the line coming off and pushing guys back. I was able to do some tough running. I feel I left some plays on the field and other guys feel the same. It was great to get the win and this is a work in progress."

Reynolds broke off a 50-yarder in the second half to set up a field goal. It was his longest run of the season.

He scored on a one-yard run and on a six-yard pass in the opening half to run his touchdown total to 12.

"That was a ground and pound game," said quarterback Henry Burris. "Joffrey and the offensive line did a great job making holes. There was a couple of times where he was a shoe tackle away or a trip-up away from going the distance.

"If you take away the pass, we have a great running game. If you take away the running game, we have a great passing game. That's the way our offence compliments itself."


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