Huskies Whiting Can’t Steal Canada A Win At Worlds

The Team Canada Under-19 squad played their second game of the World Championship in Harbin, China early Sunday morning against their rivals from the United States.

The game was pushed back to a 3am Saskatchewan start time but the hour delay didn’t faze the Canadians as they jumped out to an early 7-nothing lead after a short run by Laval native, Samuel Makwanda.

Then it was the Canadians defence that stepped up when Toronto’s Deshawn Stevens dropped the American Quarterback for a sack in the back-field to get the Canadians the ball back.

The teams would then trade field position until the mid-point of the second quarter when the Americans would connect on a 35-yard passing play to draw within one. The extra-point was no good and the Canadians lead was cut to 7-6.

The Americans seemed to get some momentum from that score and came out and connected on a long pass before punching it in from 3-yards out on their next possession to take a 12-7 lead on the Canadians.

Before the half was out the Red and White would answer back when Quarterback Dimitri Morand would spot running back Felix Lussier-Roy along the sideline to regain the Canadian lead 14-12.

That lead was short-lived, as the Americans drove the ball once again on the Canadian defence and capped the drive with another short pass to take an 18-12 lead, an advantage that they would hold into halftime.

To the second half where the teams traded field position throughout the third quarter, but early in the final frame the Americans would strike pay dirt, once again through the air to add to their lead. The scoreboard would show the U-S in front 25-14.

Things then went from bad to worse for the Canadians as on the ensuing drive the Americans would intercept Morand and return it to the house to make it a 32-14 lead.

Team Canada would not stop forcing the Americans, desperately trying to get back into the game. That’s when Saskatchewan Huskie defensive-back, and Saskatoon Native, Ben Whiting would force a fumble inside the U-S 10-yard-line that was scooped up by team mate Bruno Lagace. It was first and goal for the Canadians. Unfortunately for the boys from north of the 49th they couldn’t find a way to punch the ball in and time would run out on their comeback attempt.

Final Score USA 32 – Canada 14. The Canadians will take on Mexico, whom they opened the tournament against, on Thursday in Semi-Final action.