Team USA, Team Mexico meet in All-North American semifinal tonight at the World Championships

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After combining to beat their first round opponents 119-0 in the Junior World Championships, it would seem that Round 2’s matchup between North American teams Mexico and the United States should be a bit more exciting.


After combining to beat their first round opponents 119-0 in the Junior World Championships, it would seem that Round 2’s matchup between North American teams Mexico and the United States should be a bit more exciting.

Mexico routed Sweden 41-0 while the U.S. took care of France 78-0. United States head coach Chuck Kyle knows there’s going to be a challenge from the team from the South tonight at 7 p.m. at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.

“They did a very good job against Sweden,” said Kyle. “They’ve got some nice speed and their quarterback is a good quarterback. We’re going to have to get back out onto the practice field to prepare for them.”

The quarterback to whom Kyle was referring is Roberto Isaias Vega, who stands a solid 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. Against Sweden he was 11 for 22 passing for two touchdowns and 158 yards. He also rushed 10 times for 45 yards and a score in leading his team in that category. His top targets in the first round were Juan Carlos Maya with four receptions for 89 yards and a score and Sergio Gonzalez with four catches for 54 and a score. The other two Mexico quarterbacks, Erick Sedano and Octavio Fernandez combined to go 7 for 13 for 104 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns.

For the United States, Virginia Tech recruit David Wilson blazed France with 181 yards and four touchdowns on just four carries. Northern Iowa recruit Zach Cutkomp added 77 yards and a score, James Hall of New Mexico State had 53 yards and a score and Western Michigan recruit Brian Fields had two touchdowns and 44 yards. At quarterback, Arkansas State recruit Phillip Butterfield had 149 yards passing with a score and rushed for 60 yards and a score while Baylor’s Bryce Petty threw for 56 yards and a touchdown. Baylor’s Tevin Reese and San Jose State’s Noel Grigsby each had a touchdown reception.

Team USA held France to an amazing seven yards of total offense while racking up 610 yards of their own. Mexico held Sweden to 88 passing and 23 rushing yards wihel putting up 124 of their own rushing with 262 passing.

After his team beat France, Kyle was more concerned with his team’s 11 penalties for 110 yards, which he said he didn’t fully understand.

“What we need to work on is we had way too many penalties but I’m going to have to get one of the officials to kind of come and explain something to me because we’re playing like we’ve done high school football,” he said. “But maybe there’s something we’re doing very differently with some of those things. We’re going to work on that because that obviously on a coaching point is not good, we’re going to have to straighten that out.”

Team captain and linebacker Storm Klein of Newark Licking Valley and now Ohio State, said he wants to defend his home turf at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.

“This is kind of like homefield advantage and it’s kind of like it’s my backyard,” said Klein. It’s a neat thing to go out there and all the fans come out and watch Team USA and support all of us.”

The following is the schedule for today’s games. Canada, Japan, United States and Mexico are 1-0 while Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and France are 0-1.

10 a.m.: Germany vs. New Zealand

1 p.m.: Sweden vs. France

4 p.m.: Canada vs. Japan

7 p.m.: United States vs. Mexico

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