In the third game on the first day of the IFAF U19 World Championship, the defending champions, Team Canada easily defeated Team Sweden 49-6 in Mexico City in a steady downpour.
Sweden was returning to the tournament for the first time since 2011, after missing the last two events.
The first touchdown came courtesy of Dylan Tabone (3), who opened the scoring at the 10 minute mark of on Canada’s first offensive series. Tabone capped a drive which saw running back Freud Jean Ernst Cesar break for a 60 yard gain deep into Swedish territory.
Then Canada’s defense picked off Swedish quarterback Dennis Isberg on Sweden’s half of the field, but missed on a field goal attempt.
With Team Sweden unable to move the ball in the heavy rain, Canada’s Jalen Philpot (5) took a 19-yard jet sweep jet to the end zone for the second touchdown of the game. Still in the first quarter, Tabone added his second touchdown run to extend Canada’s lead to 21-0, still in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, backup quarterback Andreas Dueck (4) scored on a quarterback scramble from 31 yards out giving Canada a 28-0 lead. Then Dueck struck again, this time connecting with Carl Chabot on a 30 yard touchdown pass and when halftime rolled around, Canada led 35-0.
The second half saw a different Team Sweden take the field, as Isberg settled down somewhat. He hit Evin Tarborda for a 32 yard pass down to Canada’s three yard line. Running back Saba Jarwalli then punched the ball in to put Sweden on the scoreboard, 35-6.
That was as close as Team Sweden came as first Glodin Mulali scored on a 76 yard run and then Lukas Boulanger connected with Kevens Clericus for a 42 yard touchdown making it 49-6.
The next game for the Canadians will be against Japan, who lost their game against Mexico, while Sweden will face Australia, who succumbed to the United States.
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