USA Captures Gold at Under-19 World Championship

by Jeff Fisher

usa-football-logoAfter a surprising loss to Canada in the 2012 International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championships, the Red, White and Blue regained supremacy Wednesday with a 40-17 win over Team Canada in the 2014 IFAF U-19 championship game in Kuwait.

Team USA, which captured the inaugural championship in 2009, was led by quarterback Bryan Scott, who currently plays for Occidental College after playing his high school ball at Palos Verdes High School in California. Scott threw for 187 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. Sasha Kelsy, who will be entering his freshman year at Lehigh after graduating from Columbus High in Miami, caught three of the TD passes, finishing with three catches for 127 yards.

Josh Stevens, who will be playing at Merced Junior College after ending his high school career at Seabreeze High School in Florida, led the USA ground game with 152 yards and a score.

Team USA finished a perfect 4-0 for the tournament with pool play victories over Germany 54-0, Japan 43-0 and Mexico 49-14.

The next world championship will be held in 2016 at a site to be determined.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.