July 12, 2011

Team USA remains perfect

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Nate Kmic led the team in receptions, again, in the USA's win.
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From an IFAF release

The United States and Mexico are neighboring countries that share a passion for many things.

Count football among them.

Playing its third game in five days at the IFAF Senior World Championship, the United States overcame its toughest test of the round-robin schedule, beating Mexico, 17-7, on Tuesday in Innsbruck, Austria, to advance to Saturday’s gold medal game and the chance to defend its title.

The U.S. men finished Group A play with a 3-0 record and will take on the winner of Japan and Canada in the title match. Those two countries play Wednesday in a Group B finale between 2-0 teams. Mexico moves on to the bronze-medal game Friday against the loser of Japan and Canada.

U.S. National Team head coach Mel Tjeerdsma knew coming in the test his team would face. He admitted feeling “nervous for about 48 minutes” as the U.S. was never able to put Mexico away.

But in the end, the scoreboard told the story Tjeerdsma wanted to see.

“Most of these players didn’t know each other two weeks ago,” Tjeerdsma said. “So the first meeting, we said we had one goal – and that is to win the gold medal. Now we are one step away.”

Defenses dominated early as neither team scored in the first quarter. U.S. cornerback Jeff Frankllin knocked away a would-be Mexican touchdown pass, and a Jorge Valdez interception for Mexico in the back of the end zone ended a U.S. drive.

Team USA finally broke through with 10:05 left in the first half as a fumble at the Mexico 27-yard line set up a Gregg Berkshire 46-yard field goal to give the Americans a 3-0 lead.

The Americans made it 10-0 just before halftime as Da’Shawn Thomas scored on a run from 2 yards out.

Thomas finished with just 16 yards on 10 carries as neither defense gave up yards easily. Mexico’s rushing duo of Jose Conn Reyes and Jonathan Barrerra combined for 16 carries and 46 yards, while the U.S. runners totaled 27 yards on 22 carries.

“Their defensive line was outstanding, doing different twists and really giving the offense a hard time of running the ball, and on pass plays they were getting to our quarterback,” Team USA linebacker Osayi Osunde said. “Mexico is athletic and physical. We could not really find a way to run a full drive, so our defense was able to pull the slack and allow as few points as possible.”

Mexico head coach Raul Rivera Sanchez said his team rose to the challenge of a tough, physical U.S. squad. He is not satisfied with playing close, though. His team played to win.

“I feel sad because we came here to win this tournament,” Sanchez said. “We faced a good team. We knew it was going to be a tough game.”

Team USA appeared poised to extend its lead in the third quarter but a fumble stalled one drive at the Mexico 10.

The Mexicans took advantage as a 65-yard pass from Bruno Daniel Marques to Jose Antonio Alfonso set their team up at the U.S. 19. Five plays later, Reyes took an option pitch from Barrera for a 3-yard touchdown run.

“We could never feel comfortable because Mexico can score – and score quickly on big plays,” Tjeerdsma said.

The U.S., though, immediately pushed its lead back out to 17-7 as Thomas capped an eight-play, 68-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run. Team USA QB Cody Hawkins hit Ricardo Leinhart for 13 yards, Richie Brockel for 14 yards and Alex Anderson for 25 yards on the possession.

Hawkins finished 21-of-35 for 267 yards. Running back Nate Kmic again led U.S. receivers with six catches for 53 yards. Tight end Mike Peterson added four receptions for 38 yards.

Mexico’s QBs Marques and Rodrigo Perez combined to go 14-of-24 passing for 179 yards. Both were hurried throughout as the U.S. had four sacks, including sacks from Maurice Banks and Charles Bay on Mexico’s final two downs.

Team Mexico (2-1) vs. Team USA (3-0)
Site: Innsbruck
Stadium: Tivoli
Attendance: 1500

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Team Mexico......... 0 0 7 0 - 7
Team USA............ 0 10 0 7 - 17

Scoring Summary:

2nd

10:05 USA - Greggy Berkshire 46 yd field goal
3 plays, -2 yards, TOP 0:48, MEX 0 - USA 3

00:53 USA - DaShawn Thomas 2 yd run (Greggy Berkshire kick)
7 plays, 62 yards, TOP 3:24, MEX 0 - USA 10 

3rd

00:00 MEX - Jose Conn Reyes 5 yd run (Jose Carlos Maltos kick)
6 plays, 89 yards, TOP 3:15, MEX 7 - USA 10

4th

09:00 USA - DaShawn Thomas 2 yd run (Greggy Berkshire kick)
8 plays, 68 yards, TOP 2:52, MEX 7 - USA 17
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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14 Greenville
35 Westminster (Mo.)
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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Westminster (Pa.) at Bethany
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14 Wesleyan
3 Tufts
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21 Mount Union
7 Baldwin Wallace
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0:38 (1st)
6 Wilmington
9 Capital
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12:10 2Q
7 Millikin
21 North Central (Ill.)
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10:00 PM
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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21 Mount Union
7 Baldwin Wallace
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7 Millikin
21 North Central (Ill.)
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