When the tournament has your country's name in it, you should be head and shoulders above the competition. A tip of the cap is due Canada for representing well under Laval coach Glen Constantin.
The U.S., which outgained our guys 480-41, got three touchdown passes from QB Bryce Petty, who's headed to Baylor in the Big 12. David Wilson, a Virginia Tech running back, gained a game-high 87 yards and scored a touchdown. Lirim Hajrullahu's 38-yard field goal was the only points the Yanks allowed in the tournament.
The Americans are pretty proud of leaving "the rest of the world at least a generation behind" in football." Of course, there was no mention that Team Canada's players had to fork out $1,000 to play on the team, or that only seven players from the country's most populous province tried out. This blurb from the Akron Beacon-Journal has to be shared:
"The score was their statement.It is, no question, but what was with saying, Let the rest of the world play rugby? Can you imagine a Canadian journalist, even with the TSN-fueled over-the-top chauvinism that you see during the world junior hockey championship, suggesting hockey's too good for other countries?
" 'This,' Petty said, 'is our sport.' "
"Let the rest of the world play rugby."
Anyway, note for Ottawa users: The Cumberland Panthers' Ron Omara had a sack in the championship game.
Japan won the bronze by beating Mexico 42-27. Yuichiro Araki threw for 354 yards and five touchdowns after throwing for 285 and 4 TDs vs. Canada last Wednesday. It's tempting to suggest tongue-in-cheek that some CIS school recruit him, language barrier be damned.
(Image of Laurier wideout Alex Anthony via Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, a fabulous Syracuse Orange blog.)