CANADA PERFECT AT SILVERDOME
Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 09:00AM
Will take on U.S. in final of NFL Global Junior Championships X
Courtesy of NFLHS.com
Canada will defend its title in the final of the NFL Global Junior Championships in Pontiac, Michigan.
Canada not only won all four of its games -- which consist of two seven-minute halves -- but didn't give up a point. The squad takes on the U.S. in Sunday's final.
The Canadian team is coached by Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia, who led the juniors to last year's championship.
Canada 7 Japan 0
Canada opened the defence of itâ€™s title with a narrow victory over Japan.
Japan moved the ball steadily downfield on its first possession, but stalled at the Canadian 30-yard line on fourth down.
Canadaâ€™s response, aided by a 15-yard late hit on quarterback Bruno Prudâ€™homme, was swift. Receiver Josh Boden broke three tackles on a 24-yard reception to take the ball to within four yards of the Japanese end zone. On second and one running back Tim Cronk punched in the first touchdown of the game with 45 seconds remaining in the first half. Christopher Miloâ€™s extra point earned Canada 7-0 lead, capping an eight-play, 67-yard drive.
Japan tried valiantly to pull level before halftime. A quick pass from Takuya Yamashiro to receiver Hiroshi Kimura and a scramble for a first down by the quarterback brought the ball to midfield.
Yamashiroâ€™s bomb as time expired drew a pass interference call and gave Japan one more shot at tying the game, but defensive back Julien Hamel came up with an interception at his own 19-yard line.
Canada 13 Mexico 0
Canada QB Marc-Oliver Brouillette opened the Canadian scoring as he found wide receiver Josh Boden for a 27-yard touchdown strike to make the score 6-0. Following a Milo Christopher extra point to give Canada a 7-0 lead, Mexico went three-and-out and Brouillette and the Canadian offence went back to work with 2:21 remaining in the first half.
Six plays later, Team Canada drove down to the Mexico 8-yard line to setup a Christopher 18-yard field goal to give Canada a 10-0 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Team Mexico drove to the Canada 28-yard line on its opening second half drive as receiver Mauricio Jordan Valdez took a reverse pitch from quarterback Oscar Cruz Campos and hit Joseph Holguin Soto for 59 yards.
The drive ended two plays later as Campus was picked off by Canada defensive back Olivier Turcotte LÃ©tourneau, who returned the interception 46 yards to the Mexico 44-yard line.
Team Canada capitalized on the turnover seven plays later as Christopher connected on his second field of the day, this time from 17-yards out.
Canada 21 USA 0
Canadaâ€™s defence turned in a dominating performance against USA, who could only put up 26 net yards of offence. Their performance improve their record to 3-0, defeating USA 21-0.
Canada received the opening kickoff and returned it to midfield setting up great field position. They only needed four plays to get into the end zone when receiver Josh Boden jumped over two USA defenders to haul in a 30-yard pass from quarterback Marc-Olivier Brouillette.
One the ensuing possession, Canada defensive back Jonathan Laliberte recovered a fumble by USA quarterback Sam Miller (Ottawa Hills) at the USA 14-yard line. Canada was able to extend their lead to 14-0 in when running back Samuel Fournier ran for four yards into the end zone.
USA responded with a eight play drive that led them to the Canada 44-yardline before Canada defensive back Olivier Turcotte Letourneau intercepted a Miller pass at the 2-yard line and returned it to the Canada 25-yard line. Canada was unable to put any more points on the board before halftime.
To begin the second half, Canadaâ€™s defence forced USA into a three-and-out. Canada running backs Samuel Fournier and Matt Henry took control of the game leading a eight-play 60-yard scoring drive that took over three minutes off of the clock. Henry finished the drive when he ran the ball in from the 13-yard line.
USA was unable to answer on the following drive and Canada was able to run the clock out on their way to a 21-0 victory.
Canada 21 Germany 0
Already assured of a Championship Game berth on Sunday, Canada closed the first round without conceding a point in four games with a 21-0 win over Germany.
Canada came out the blocks firing with a 56-yard kickoff return from Matt Henry to the Germany 34-yard line. Corey Greenaway took a hand off 13 yards and then rushed 12 yards for a touchdown and a quick 6-0 lead, which was extended by Christopher Miloâ€™s extra point.
Germany ate time off the clock in reply, but only gained 28 yards on seven plays and were forced to punt. Despite a holding penalty knocking ten yards off the end of a 30-yard Bruno Prudâ€™homme to Karl McCartney pass, Canada drove towards the field goal range of strong-legged kicker Milo.
But German free safety Paul Mehling came up with an interception at the four-yard line to halt Canada. Germany was unable to capitalize as time ran out in the first half.
Canada added another score as Matt Henry sprinted 39-yards for the longest touchdown of the day and Tim Cronk rushed seven yards up the middle and Milo tagged on the extra point for a decisive 21-point advantage.
Follow the 2006 Global Junior Championship X at NFLHS.com.
THAT'S FANTASIC!!! GO CANADA!!! 8)
Canada will win their thrid tittle this year, no doubt! US may have to chage it's puledge of allengence to "one nation UNDER CANADA"!!!
This leaves no doubt in my mind that having a manitory Canadian QB on each team (under the import rule) is a great idea, and that a CFL team can beat and NFL one IMO.
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY EVERYONE!!!! time to celebate the discover of my home country!
This is me having some tucker with my mates!
Hopfully both nations will be celebating a Republic Day some day!