The Junior World Championships have played out to the Gold Medal
game the way the people in charge of seeding planned it. No. 1 Canada
will face No. 2 United States Sunday at 1 p.m. at Canton’s Fawcett
Stadium. Canada holds a 7-5 series lead over the US in international competition and is riding a three-game winning streak against its North American neighbor.
The Junior World Championships have played out to the Gold Medal game the way the people in charge of seeding planned it. No. 1 Canada will face No. 2 United States Sunday at 1 p.m. at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.
“This is going to be a true championship,” said United States coach Chuck Kyle. “That’s a very, very good football team. The Canadian kids play football, like our kids. We’re going to have to play better than we have been playing.”
Although there was a distinct difference between how each team got to the finals.
Canada needed a 33-yard Alex Anthony touchdown from quarterback Jeremie Doyon-Rock with 16 seconds left to lead his team to a 38-35 win over Japan. It was a win that found Japan leading 14-7 before Canada came back to lead 21-14 at the half with two unanswered touchdowns.
Japan then scored two unanswered touchdowns of its own between the 6:25 and 1:27 marks of the fourth quarter to take a 35-31 lead. But the top seed hung on.
Canada gave up 319 passing yards to Japan and 57 rushing yards while putting up 461 total yards themselves offensively. Doyon-Rock had 257 yards passing on 19 of 28 efficiency with three touchdowns. His top target was Anthony with five grabs for 98 yards. On the ground, Guillaume G. Bourassa had 84 yards on 13 carries.
The United States clobbered Mexico 55-0 after routing France 78-0 in its first game.
David Wilson, a Virginia Tech recruit, continued to amaze the crowds at Fawcett Stadium as he racked up 146 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while teammate Bryce Petty, a Baylor quarterback recruit, tossed touchdown passes to Robert Bell and Aaron Yobson, who are headed to Toledo and Marshall, respectively.
The U.S. also got a fumble return for a score from Bell and interception return by Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer.
Defensively, the United States held Mexico to just 43 yards on 35 plays with a bone-crushing minus-28 yard rushing total. The only thing standing in the way of the U.S. team for the second-straight game were penalties. After racking up 11 penalties for 110 yards in the France win, they had 15 for 160 yards on Wednesday, including several personal fouls.
“Looking at these penalties and all this stuff, this could haunt us,” said Kyle of the miscues. “I like our talent but we’ve got to correct that.”