International Bowl 2014: Breaking Down Biggest Moments from Day 1 Action

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 8, 2014


The 2014 International Bowl featured some exciting moments across the board, from the highly touted college football recruits to U-16 and U-15 games.

Many of the nation's top high school football prospects gathered in one place at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and that means there are sure to be plenty of exciting highlights and impressive performances from these teams.

There weren't top recruits in every facet of every game, but there was competitiveness and exciting play across the board.

Let's break down the top moments during Day 1 of the 2014 International Bowl. 


U-19: U.S. Cruises to 43-7 Victory


The International Bowl is all about the amount of games played and age levels represented, but the U-19 game is the marquee event that attracts the national stage—a stage the Americans dominated upon.

The United States beat Canada, 43-7, in the U-19 age range that featured a handful of highly touted high school football players who will be competing at the top levels of college football. 

The Canadians struck first for an early lead after returning a fumble for a touchdown, but the Americans didn't stay down for long. Oregon commit and U.S. standout Charles Nelson returned a punt for a touchdown to turn the momentum in America's favor.

After getting their confidence up and allowing the game to start running its course, the talent level simply took over. U.S. players were flattening Canada players on every down, easily paving the way for big offensive plays and stalled Canada drives.

Canada stood tall as a whole with an impressive U-16 win, but its performance at the highest age level indicates just how large the talent gap between these two sides is. 


U-16: Canada Stuns U.S. in With Late Field Goal

Dec 30, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Canada fans wave Canadian flags against USA during the first period in an exhibition hockey game at Air Canada Centre. USA beat Canada 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

Although the United States holds a firm upper hand over Canada in football from top to bottom in the International Bowl, the country up north got the Americans' number in U-16 with a wild finish that ended on a late Canada field goal to win, 10-7.

The two teams playing in what is essentially an all-star game played like a championship was on the line, going toe-to-toe and having the game eventually come down to the kicker, just like so many evenly matched games do.

Emilo Martinez hustled for 86 yards on the ground to lead the U.S., which was an astounding percentage of his team's 138 total yards. Martinez's stellar solo effort wasn't enough to get the Americans in the double-digit point range, however. 

Instead, Canada danced away with a tight victory that will certainly be leaving the U.S. looking forward to next year—at least the U-16 players. 


U-15: Americans Dominate Canada in 48-0 Romping

Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of the flags of the United States and Super Bowl XXI and XXV and XLII and XLVI championships of the New York Giatns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 16-year-olds weren't able to take care of business in a tight game, but nothing was tight at any point for the U-15 team, which cruised to a 48-0 win over Canada.

The U.S. quickly got out to a big lead after ending the first quarter with a 21-0 advantage, and four first-half turnovers for Team Canada spelled doom for their chances. 

The U.S. defense also made a name for itself on the day, as John Bailey Gullatt of West Monroe, La., returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown and forced two fumbles on the day to earn himself the team's MVP award after the game. 

America wasn't undefeated on the day, but the U-15 team did all it could to make its country proud by thrashing its North American neighbor on Friday.