Winnipeg Stamp-ed out

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

Memo to CFL clubs: When the weather turns cold, Joffrey Reynolds heats up.

On a night that felt like November, the Calgary Stampeders running back made a huge move towards winning his first CFL rushing title by running for 162 yards in a 43-9 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Reynolds' main competition for that crown didn't have much luck against the stingy Stampeders front seven.

Blue Bombers running back Charles Roberts had only nine carries for 23 yards in what was his worst outing of a fine season.

Reynolds' entire performance was summed up in one play at the end of the first half.

The Houston product grabbed a swing pass from quarterback Henry Burris but two Blue Bombers players were set to wrap him up.

The 26-year-old instead turned the corner and slid past former Stampeder Kelly Malveaux and then middle linebacker Barrin Simpson.

He entered the open field with Shawn Gallant in his way but a step left/step right put the Bombers safety to the turf.

Overall, Reynolds was the highlight of an efficient Stamps offence in front of about half of the announced attendance of 26,843.

Burris finished 14-of-28 passing for 268 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to Jeremaine Copeland and a rushing score from one yard.

Backup running back Wes Cates was given the ball in the fourth quarter and piled up 72 yards and a five-yard TD.

Kicker Sandro DeAngelis did the rest, hitting on field goals of 18, 22, 12, 26 and 25 yards.

The Bombers finally showed some life on offence at the end of the third quarter and into the final frame but it was shortlived.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn managed a drive of nine plays for 75 yards that ended when Roberts ran in a five-yard score.

Glenn finished 13-of-25 for 171 yards and two interceptions.

The Stamps responded on the next possession with a touchdown drive capped by Burris' one-yard run.

Calgary once again pulled out a trick play in the second quarter and Brian Clark was involved again.

After a 22-yard DeAngelis field goal, the placekicker sent a short kickoff towards the Winnipeg sideline and Clark ran through traffic to knock it out of bounds with his hand. The drive resulted in a 12-yard field goal but built a nine-point lead and deflated the Bombers.

The next time the Stamps had the ball, they drove 98 yards for a 23-yard Burris touchdown pass to Copeland.

Meanwhile, Winnipeg's Milt Stegall still sits two touchdowns back of the all-time record held by George Reed and Mike Pringle but he was the most productive Bombers receiver with four catches for 71 yards.


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