“That was without doubt one of the most amazing games I’ve ever played in,” said Canada’s MVP, linebacker John Rush, a University of Guelph freshman in 2011 who led the team with 11 tackles against Japan. “Japan were hard and they were disciplined. They weren’t as big or physical as Canada, but they were so good with their assignments and they ran everything perfectly.
“We stuck in there and made some big stops and we had some big turnovers in key situations. Our defensive line were killing it and they helped block for the linebackers to flow over the top and our whole defense overall played extremely well.”
Rush led all tacklers in the game with 10 solo tackles and an assist. A’dre Fraser had two receptions. Complete stats and official boxscore.
The victory earns Canada a spot in Saturday’s championship game where they will face Team USA who defeated Austria 70-7.