On the second day of the International Bowl, there were three games pitting American high school football players against Canadian teams. The results did not favor the American squads. Strong defensive efforts from the 10th, 11th and 12th grade Canadians spurred them to two wins.
The lone American victory was a blowout, but Canada nonetheless made a statement this weekend. If you combine the results from Friday, the two countries split six total games.
Even though the U.S. didn't have its best day on Saturday, some young up-and-coming football players were still inspired by the day's action. Darrion Green, a running back from Woodrow Wilson High School in DeSoto, Texas, tweeted this:
Here are the final scores from Saturday:
|Team USA U17 - 9th and 10th grade||34|
|Team Canada U17 - 9th and 10th grade||6|
|Team USA U17 - 10th and 11th grade||21|
|Team Canada U17 - 10th and 11th grade||28|
|Team USA U18||9|
|Team Canada U18||54|
Stars of the Games
Game 1 MVP - Devin Floyd (Running Back, Perris [Calif.], Citrus Hill High School
After being chosen as one of the captains for the U17 Blue team, Floyd showed he was worthy of the honor on Saturday. He torched the Canadian team for 170 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
This tweet from USA Football highlighted the touchdown that closed the door on a miracle comeback from the Canadians. Floyd's scoring run was sprung by a block from Nico Russolillo, and USA Football acknowledged both of the young men's efforts:
Floyd's cutting ability was impressive, especially for a kid who is only a sophomore in high school.
Game 2 MVP - Jordan Lyons (Running Back, Canada - CFC #38 Assumption Crusaders)
In the most thrilling game of the day, Lyons spearheaded Team Canada's 28-21 win over Team USA. He ran for 119 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries.
Members of Canada's defense could have also been presented with honors. Their efforts were largely responsible for holding the American's 10th and 11th grade players to just 21 points.
Seven of those points came on a huge kickoff return from Jared Mayden. Team USA was only able to sustain one meaningful offensive drive in this game.
Game 3 MVP - Raishaun Provo (Running Back, Canada - St. Mary's Monarchs)
Provo was just one of the many darts fired at the American U18 squad on Saturday night. He had 12 carries, 69 yards and a touchdown to help power Canada to a 54-9 rout over the Americans.
As you can see from this tweet from Football Canada, Provo was scoring when the game was still competitive.
After this display from Canada's young football players, there is no doubt at least one part of the world is beginning to close the gap between themselves and the United States on the gridiron.