Team USA battles Japan Thursday in the 2016 IFAF Under 19 World Championship in Harbin, China in a game to decide a berth in the gold medal final.
The United States defeated Japan in the 2014 tournament in Kuwait 43-0.
Team USA defeated Austria 65-14 and Canada 32-14 to arrive at this game while Japan downed Australia 42-0 after receiving a first round bye.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Masamichi Muroi (No. 2), QB, Nihon University. A freshman at Nihon, Japan’s starting quarterback came out firing against Australia. His first touchdown pass occurred just 71 seconds into the game. He threw a total of three touchdowns in the first half before giving way to his backup in the second half.
Tsuyoshi Ogura (No. 3), WR, Nihon University. Also a freshman at Nihon, Ogura earned the MVP award in his team’s victory over Australia, catching two passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
Brennan Wing Tsubasa (No. 11), WR, Waseda University. A freshman at Waseda, Wing Tsubasa is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He made that known on the very first play against Australia, taking the opening kickoff back 92 yards for a touchdown.
Zack Douglas (No. 9), LB, Millville, N.J. The senior linebacker from Millville High School is part of a deep and talented USA defense, which includes numerous playmakers and has scored three touchdowns through two games. Douglas returned a fumble recovery for a 46-yard touchdown during the USA’s victory over Austria.
Ezekiel Ennis (No. 3), WR, Richland, N.J. The senior wide receiver from St. Augustine Prep High School turned in an amazing performance in the opener against Austria, which culminated with his winning the game MVP. Initially, the U.S. had difficulty getting its offense going until Ennis hauled in a 44-yard touchdown, which sparked a 65-14 victory. He ended the game with five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
Lindell Stone (No. 5), QB, Dallas, Texas. During this year’s IFAF Championship the senior quarterback from Woodberry Forest (Va.) High School has shown why he is being heavily recruited by some premier NCAA football programs. Through two games, Stone has thrown for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The winner of this game takes on the winner of Canada vs. Mexico at 4 p.m. Sunday (4 a.m. ET) for the gold medal. The losers of these two games play at 1 p.m. (1 a.m. ET) Sunday for the bronze medal.
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