Dobson, Team USA roll
CANTON, Ohio -- Team USA faced stiffer competition Sunday, yet still rolled to a lop-sided victory in the International Federation of American Football Junior World Championship gold-medal game.
Team USA defeated Canada, 41-3, for the championship at Fawcett Stadium next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Attendance was 15,473. USA didn't dominate in the capacity it did earlier in the tournament in victories over France (78-0) and Mexico (55-0) as Canada offered some resistance.
Second-seeded Team USA was made up of 45 players age 19 and younger playing in the inaugural tournament with seven other countries.
Canada was the top-seeded team.
Marshall University recruit Aaron Dobson, a wide receiver from South Charleston, caught two passes for 50 yards. One of his catches went for 40 yards.
Quarterback Bryce Petty, a Baylor University recruit, completed all of his pass attempts (14-for-14) and threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
"It has been an amazing experience," said Petty, whose three-game totals in the tournament were 25-for-30, 382 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. "I can't even put into words what this has been like. I am extremely blessed.
"I have had good practices, but nothing like today. About 12 of those were five-yard hitches and they turned it up field. We have athletes on this team."
David Wilson, a Virginia Tech recruit, who was named tournament MVP, led USA's rushing attack with 10 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Zach Cutkomp (Northern Iowa) led the U.S. receivers with five catches for 56 yards. Lora contributed four receptions for 53 yards and Wilson had three catchers for 27 yards.
Left tackle Jack Mewhort (Ohio State), Brian Winters (Kent State), Evan Swindall (Mississippi), Aaron Price (Indiana) and Oday Aboushi (Virginia) formed USA's starting offensive line, which keyed the Americans to 408 total yards.
David Herman (Holy Cross), Phillip Thomas (Syracuse) and Shamarko Thomas (Syracuse) led USA's defense with three solo tackles each.
Robert Bell (Toledo), Prestin Brown (Texas State), Chris Norman (Michigan State), Corey Lillard (Virginia), Tariq Edwards (Virginia Tech) and Jordan Poyer (Oregon State) were also key defensively. Norman led Team USA onto the field carrying the American flag.
"We understood we were going against a Division I (college) football team in the making," Canada coach Glen Constantin said.
"There's no doubt, they are what we are in hockey. It's a good measuring stick for everyone."