Team Canada wins IFAF opener in blowout

Team Canada LB Coach Kevin MacNeill with DBs Nick Parisotto (l) and Royce Metchie

Team Canada LB Coach Kevin MacNeill with DBs Nick Parisotto #25 and Royce Metchie #22

From the Football Canada website:

In their opening game of the 2014 IFAF U-19 World Championship on Monday evening in Kuwait Football Canada’s Junior National Team defeated the host nation by a final score of 91-0.

Find the full story and a link to the stats here. Gryphon recruit Khaliel James scored the game’s first touchdown and recorded 43 yards on 6 carries & 2 TDs. Defensive backs Nick Parisotto and Royce Metchie each recorded a tackle-for-loss on a defense that held Kuwait to minus-62 yards. Since stats don’t mean a lot in a game like this the real honour might be the naming of Parisotto as a team captain.

One surprising thing is that Team Canada racked up those 91 points on only 367 yards of offense and 1 Kuwaiti turnover. Bottomline, players who just started playing the sport two years ago aren’t ready to compete in World Championships.

ifaf logo kuwait 2014Unfortunately, the preliminary round schedule really won’t test Canada. [View the full IFAF schedule here.] Their next two opponents are France and Austria. The tournament schedule favours Team USA, allowing them to face the only two teams other than Canada who are likely to give them any competition. There is no semi-final. Canada should advance to meet the USA in the Gold medal without having faced any real competition. That is not a favourable scenario in my opinion. I would like to have seen Canada face either Mexico or Japan, if not both in the preliminary round. It will be important for Team Canada coaches to keep this team focused regardless of how badly they may beat teams like Kuwait, France and Austria.

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