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Chris Rainey steals the show in Cornish’s return to Stampeders

Friday night the Calgary Stampeders continued their incredible streak of 62 straight games without suffering two consecutive losses with a 35-23 win over the BC Lions. July 2012 is the last time the Stampeders lost two in a row, and you have to go back to 2010 for the last time this team has lost two straight games to Western division opponents. There’s no denying that Calgary is the model franchise of the Canadian Football League.

It was a battle of the two best running backs in the league with Andrew Harris going toe to toe with Jon Cornish in his return from injury. Harris out-rushed Cornish (12 carries for 58 yards) but Cornish out-scored Harris. Vintage Cornish.

You might say the game showed that Jonathon Jennings deserves to get the starting role while Travis Lulay is out with an injury, and that is a very fair assessment. Jennings entered the game in the second quarter when John Beck left due to a shoulder injury and threw for 252 yards to go along with his three interceptions. Jennings reminded me a lot of Brett Smith with his running ability and his fight to the bitter end. Despite the picks, this kid deserves a legitimate shot.

The man that stole the show, though, was Chris Rainey.

Insanity! Over the past two games, Rainey has notched two touchdowns (both in the Calgary game) and 505 return yards. Absolutely ridiculous.

Rainey is no stranger to the CFL. He had himself an impressive 64-yard touchdown run against the Lions as a Montreal Alouette during last season’s 50-17 demolition of an East Semi-Final.

Yet he started this season without a job.

The Lions didn’t sign the former Florida Gators and Pittsburgh Steelers running back until the end of August to leave everyone wondering why no other team saw anything in him.

Your move, Brandon Banks

– written by Travis Currah