captured the Bronze Medal by beating Russia 28-0 and Japan 34-0.
Japan who beat Russia 17-0 finishes in fourth place while Russia
who didn't record a win in the tournament (0 and 6 record) finishes
in fifth place.
Sammy Okpro #2
produced a 25-yard opening kickoff return to start Canada's challenge
from its own 35-yard line and inspired an immediate first down pass
from quarterback Dante Luciani #15 to tight end Francis Claude #89.
Canada was then forced to punt and pinned USA down on their own
The home crowd was fired
into life when USA QB Brian Johnson tossed a short pass to receiver
Nunn, who broke down the right sideline for a 64-yard gain to Canada's
32-yard mark. RB Brendan Jackson then found a way around the right
end to rush for a touchdown and open an early 7-0 lead.
came up big on USA's second drive. Tight end Huston Mgbemena
made enough yardage for a first down up the middle, but was
leveled by a fierce hit by Devin MacLeod #21. The ball popped
loose and Sammy Opkro #2 recovered to give Canada possession
in USA territory.
Team USA defence
held, and when Canada attempted a 42-yard field goal, Christopher
Milo's #85 kick was long enough, but flew wide left.
Both sides were
forced to punt away their next possession, Canada's kick landing
at the USA four-yard mark as the first quarter expired. Having
relied on the big play early in he game, USA drove steadily
out of danger, then Nunn picked up a 12-yard catch and Brandon
Roberson went on a mazy 24-yard run to Canada's 35.
Johnson was then sacked
for a nine-yard loss on third down. That took USA out of field goal
range, but USA gambled and on fourth down Johnson hit a sprinting
Nunn for a 34-yard touchdown. Jason Bonzdio's second extra point
made it 14-0 on the end of a 12-play, 96-yard scoring drive.
Canada looked to be driving
downfield towards pay dirt in the third quarter when Benoit Groulx
#12 hit a sprinting Matthew Black #11 for 31 yards, but the receiver
fumbled and USA recovered at its own 34-yard line.
The third USA touchdown
was scored by RB Jackson on a four yard run that was set up by a
The USA added a 33-yard
Bondzio field goal in the fourth quarter after Micheal Parker intercepted
a Benoit Groulx #12 pass.
USA closed the scoring
when RB Jackson ran in from 19 yards out for the TD following a
fumble recovery deep in Canada's territory.
NFL GJCVIII Standings
Fourth place Japan
Fifth place Russia
The NFL Global Junior Championship VIII is an international tournament
and an official Super Bowl XXXVIII that was held in Houston, from
28 to 31 January 2004. Team Canada competed against national teams
from Japan, Mexico, Russia and United States. The team played under
the National Football Federation of Canada (NFFC) banner. Team Canada
won the Gold in 2000 and the Silver in 2001, 2002 and 2003.