Team Canada 1 convincingly beats Brazil in the Opening Game of their 2024 IFAF U20 World Championship

by Braydon Stachel

Edmonton, Alberta – Team Canada 1 began their quest for a record third-straight IFAF U20 World Junior Championship title with a convincing 110-0 victory over Team Brazil at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

The Canadian offense showcased its dominance by amassing 383 rushing yards compared to Brazil’s 17. Despite the lopsided scoreline, the spirit of sportsmanship prevailed as both teams celebrated together post-game. Brazil’s head coach, Adan Rodriguez, expressed his pride and optimism for his team’s future development.

“It’s a dream come true because to play real football here, we feel this was a great game,” said an emotional Rodriguez. “Canada are amazing and I’m really proud of my team for never giving up and playing until the very last play.”

Lucas Barros, Brazil’s leading receiver and team MVP, echoed his coach’s sentiments: “Being on the field and playing against those college commits and the top players in Canada was amazing. I know this is the top level we can possibly play internationally, so I’m very proud of our team.”

Canada’s running game was particularly impressive, with four running backs combining for 60 points and 383 yards on 31 carries. Running back Leonard Lemay opened the scoring, leading to a total of 14 touchdowns for Team Canada. Charles Fortin, who scored two rushing touchdowns, was named Canada’s MVP.

“I think it went as well as could be expected,” said Canada head coach Warren Craney. “We didn’t show a lot on tape, so I think it’s a pretty big advantage for us now going into the next game. We also came out of this game really nice and healthy, which is important when you’re playing three games in a short space of time. We’re going to focus on recovery going into Austria. We know they’re a good team, but we know we’re good too.”

Team Canada 1 will now off against Austria, who sent shockwaves throughout the football community an impressive win against Canada’s second team. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, at 5 PM MT at Commonwealth Stadium.

(H/T: Geono Aloisio, AFI)

For more information, please contact:

Jim Mullin
President, Football Canada
[email protected]

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