C.J. Gable wants to let his actions show the Edmonton Eskimos how thankful he is that they traded for him last month.
The running back accomplished that on Sunday when he had 16 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns as the Eskimos defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39-32 in the CFL West Division semifinal.
“It gave me the opportunity to keep playing for [the Eskimos] and helping them out,” Gable said of the Oct. 2 trade from Hamilton.
“I’m going to do whatever I can, put my butt on the line, to help them out and win these games.”
Gable was a force in scoring both his TDs from 15 yards out. On the first one, he barrelled his way through Winnipeg defence and was pushed the final yard or two by his Eskimos teammates. The effort gave Edmonton an 18-10 lead at 5:29 of the third quarter.
His second major included jumping over a Bombers defender, a leap that made it 39-16 at 3:20 of the fourth. He also caught four passes for 37 yards.
Eskimos receiver Adarius Bowman caught TD passes of 17 and 42 yards. League-leading receiver Brandon Zylstra also scored on a 33-yard catch-and-run to help Edmonton win its sixth straight game and earn them a trip to Calgary for next Sunday’s division final against the Stampeders (13-4-1).
Both of Gable’s scores came after Winnipeg turned over the ball. The Bombers had three turnovers and Edmonton none.
“He’s been huge for us since the day that he stepped foot in our locker-room,” Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly said of Gable.
Reilly completed 23-of-33 pass attempts for 334 yards with three TDs and no interceptions.
Zylstra led all receivers with eight catches for 156 yards. Sean Whyte connected on a 20-yard field goal for the Eskimos and made all five of his converts. Punter Hugh O’Neill added a 65-yard single.
Winnipeg receiver Weston Dressler caught a pair of…