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Morris: Mayala finding his way in Stamps’ offence

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Growing up in Montreal, Hergy Mayala’s mother believed her son should concentrate on just one sport.

Basketball was his first love, but then one day the young Malaya tagged along with some friends to a football practice.

“I loved it,” said the Calgary Stampeders wide receiver. “It was the ultimate team sport.”

Mayala continued to play basketball but would sneak off to football practice without his mother knowing. That all changed with a telephone call from his football coach.

“At one point, the coach called home and talked to my mom,” Mayala remembers. “She was kind of mad. She told me to decide between basketball and football. I decided on football. I did the right thing.”

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Calgary Stampeders receiver Hergy Mayala reels in a catch with an Edmonton Eskimos defender draped over him. (The Canadian Press)

The Stampeder rookie caught the first two touchdown passes of his CFL career in Calgary’s 30-28 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Friday night. That win gave the Stampeders (10-5) an........