Canada’s top under-18 football players defeated their American counterparts 25-9 for the second straight year in international competition.
The win, under the lights at AT&T (Cowboy) Stadium in Arlington, Texas, marked the second consecutive year that Canada’s National Team has defeated the U.S. in the game.
The Under-19 game takes place February 7. The series of games – a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies – also includes Alberta and Ontario’s provincial teams taking on US teams at the U-15, U-16 and U-17 level.
“Our kids played outstanding – very physical, just relentless, no let up, played every down and that’s what we wanted and all that we could ask from the kids,” said head coach Glen Mills, from the Ontario Varsity Football League’s Essex Ravens. “What a fantastic group of young men, it was such a great opportunity for them.”
Canada’s first lead came when quarterback Sawyer Buettner (Moose Jaw, SK) ran the ball in from the one yard line.
Buettner was the 2014 Football Canada Cup offensive MVP after leading Saskatchewan-Green to a gold medal game berth for the first time since 2010. He also led his high school team – the Peacock Tornadoes – to the 2014 3A 12-man Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Associations championship.
A first-half interception by another player from Saskatchewan – Saskatoon’s Benjamin Whiting – put Canada in position to widen its lead. A 7-yard run by Jevante Stanley (Brampton, ON) made it 14-3 at halftime.
Canada’s next score came in the fourth quarter, when Stanley scored his second touchdown of the night. The OVFL Brampton Bulldog went on to earn Canada’s Player of the Game honours, finishing with 14 rushes for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“The young man never ceases to amaze people, he’s a 160 pounds and plays like he’s 250 pounds,” said Mills. “He’s just a football player, he was outstanding again today and made things happen when he needed to make things happen. I couldn’t be happier for the young man.”
Canada added a safety and a field goal by Bedford, Nova Scotia’s Gregory Hutchins.
Mills and the rest of the team enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime to play in iconic Cowboy Stadium.
“What a venue, the kids were in awe and it was great,” Mills said. “It’s something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”
Photos courtesy Ron Jenkins, USA Football