Double duties for Stala

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

HAMILTON — Dave Stala made like Pele one week in Regina, then brought back memories of Hank Ilesic in a post-touchdown celebration when he heaved the pigskin through the end zone at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

On Friday night, Stala may be asked to handle the punting and kickoff duties for the visiting Ticats, who are bracing for the loss of import punter Eric Wilbur.

In the two games since Wilbur was brought into Steeltown, the Ticats have won both, but Wilbur injured his left ankle (his plant foot) late last week in Winnipeg.

The Ticats auditioned Matt Fodge, but this former winner of the Ray Guy award, which is given to the NCAA’s top punter, was released on Wednesday.

During the team’s workout, Stala was kicking the lights out of the ball, mainly as a placekicker.

Head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said following Wednesday’s workout that Wibur was feeling a lot better than he did on Tuesday.

Bellefeuille has no reservations if Stala, who lines up at slotback as a starter, has to see double duty.

“It wouldn’t be an issue for a week,’’ said Bellefeuille.

The Ticats, like the Argos, don’t play until Labour Day when they reconvene at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

—Zicarelli


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