(From left) Alec Meza, Ezekiel Ennis, Ali Jennings and Stone Snyder stand with the American flag on the field before the start of Saturday's IFAF U19 World Championship opening game against Australia. The U.S. won, 38-0.
The U.S. National Team collected six sacks and didn't allow a conventional first down until late in the fourth quarter en route to a 38-0 victory over Australia on Saturday in the International Federation of American Football U19 World Championship at Mexico City's Olympic Stadium.
Ezekiel Ennis (No. 5) leads the U.S. National Team onto the field before the start of Saturday's game in the IFAF U19 World Championship vs. Australia at Mexico City's Olympic Stadium. The U.S. won, 38-0.
The U.S., which is trying to reclaim the gold medal after Canada won the 2016 event at Harbin, China, will face Mexico at 5 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. Mexico City time) Wednesday. Mexico defeated Japan on Saturday, 31-14.
It’s in the books now!@USAFootball defeats 38-0 @OutbackGridiron. #MundialU19MX pic.twitter.com/wvylKmtyNp— IFAF U19 World Championship México 2018 (@MEXICO2018_U19) July 14, 2018
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The only first downs the U.S. defense allowed Australia before its final possession came via penalty or special teams plays. Australia gained one first down on a fake punt and another on a fumbled punt return.
Meanwhile, the offense took full advantage. Quarterback Alek Jacobs, an Augustana (Illinois) sophomore and Rock Island (Illinois) High School graduate, ran for two touchdown passes and threw for another, all in the first half. Jake O'Donnell (James Madison University) played most of the second half, and scored the U.S.'s final touchdown on a 1-yard run with 3:34 to play.
There is no stopping @AlekJacobs today! 💪🙅♂️— U.S. National Team (@USNFT) July 14, 2018
He breaks loose to find @RJXIII in the end zone for the 2-point conversion.
🇺🇸 - 30
🇦🇺 - 0
Watch LIVE: https://t.co/xCrSTRuEYt #EarnYourStars | #GoldMentality pic.twitter.com/c1Xt3Fnbi8
QB sneak! @odonnelljake calls his own number and runs in for the TD! 🙌— U.S. National Team (@USNFT) July 14, 2018
🇺🇸 - 38
🇦🇺 - 0
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Andrew Onepunuka (Phoenix Trophy Prep High School) collected two of the U.S. team's six sacks, while Richard D'Abreu (Thomas Dale, Virginia High School) had 1.5 sacks. Stone Snyder (Monacan, Virginia High School) and Immanuel Hickman (Matoaca, Virginia High School) each had a sack as well.
#SealTheEdge 💪@Stone_snyder comes up BIG as the defense continues it's shoutout of 🇦🇺!— U.S. National Team (@USNFT) July 14, 2018
Watch LIVE: https://t.co/xCrSTRuEYt #EarnYourStars | #GoldMentality pic.twitter.com/bJawLyUZ1y
The National Team scored on four of its first five possessions to build a 30-0 lead with 9:10 remaining in the third quarter. The defense didn't allow a first down that didn't involve a penalty until Australia pulled off a successful fake punt with 2:35 left in the third period.
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Three fourth-down conversions set up each of the National Team's first two touchdowns. Jacobs ran for a first down on fourth-and-11 on a fake punt, which lead to the first U.S. TD, while a Treshaun Ward run and reception, both on fourth down, kept a drive alive that enabled the second U.S. score.
FINAL SCORE - 🇺🇸 38 def 🇦🇺 0 #Mexico2018 #game1 🇦🇺🇲🇽🏈 pic.twitter.com/R9GsJX90K5— Outback Gridiron (@OutbackGridiron) July 14, 2018
USA — Ali Jennings 1 pass from Alek Jacobs (Chaise Ellis run), 6:59
USA — Jacobs 2 run (Jennings pass from Jacobs), 10:43
USA — Jacobs 9 run (run failed), 1:00
USA — Treshaun Ward 8 run (Jennings pass from Jacobs), 9:10
USA — Jake O'Donnell 1 run (Ellis run), 3:34
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Here's a look at some of the in-game and post-game reaction:
This gives me chills! Incredible support from Jake’s teammates at James Madison. They sent this video to him right afterwards. What incredible teammates he has at JMU 🏈@USNFT @CoachAI @JMUFootball @JMUCoachHouston pic.twitter.com/ToAqh0fpcp— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) July 14, 2018
Locked into this Game... Handle Business @USNFT @CoachAI @matthennesy @Coach_B_Holzer @USAFBOps #GoldMentality 🇺🇸🇺🇸 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/a4ueu0WAIx— Coach Tyrone Young™ (@CoachYoung41) July 14, 2018
yessirrrr @RJXIII https://t.co/2z2i3M4kQo— CJ Jackson (@flvshyc1) July 14, 2018
@RecruitingHSHS @gohshsfootball @RJXIII already getting loose!!! https://t.co/7ua1gcyeQG— Harry Lee Daniel (@CoachHLee_4) July 14, 2018
It awesome to watch @CoachAI and the @USNFT go for the gold. Good luck boys you won’t ever forget this experience. #ifaf2018 #mexicocity— Jimmy Pallotto (@JimmyPallotto) July 14, 2018
Yes!!!! USA! On fire!!! 🔥— Jen Freeman (@Nursejen1314) July 14, 2018
Yessir family 💯🎒 https://t.co/RO9m3l4dA9— Taylor David Eggers (@Taylor_Eggers1) July 14, 2018
Ten minutes left in the @USNFT U19’s @MEXICO2018_U19 inaugural game and #TeamUSA has a 30pt lead against Australia— Mayra Gomez (@mayralgomez) July 14, 2018
*LIVE on @maximoavance Fb pic.twitter.com/4fX4nM8aRl
GO #USATEAM !!!— VANESSA GUZMAN (@vanessaguzmann) July 14, 2018
Just not #AUS's day as they fall to both the @USAMLax and the @USNFT U19's, 19-1 and 38-0 respectively. pic.twitter.com/mdHKwP18MR— Sportsball USA (@SportsballUSA) July 14, 2018
U19 awesome way to represent USA. OL & DL you boys grind today!!!! Very proud of USA Football @usafootball @USNFT @CoachAI @AlPopsUSAFB pic.twitter.com/JUdRoubalW— Elias Velasquez (@offxcialEli) July 14, 2018
@AlekJacobs great to see you do what you do best and love https://t.co/yoEuZHLhbl— Lisa Wymer (@Wymer44) July 14, 2018
Unstoppable I’ve been saying it for 3 years now https://t.co/hTe1ZAZzQE— Big E (@EthanWalker309) July 14, 2018
Congrats to @USNFT and @rickdabreu44 USA 38 - Australia 0. pic.twitter.com/4pDB4P3T52— Makeba D'Abreu (@Keba_D) July 14, 2018
Very proud of Jake in his 1st game at the World Championship. Led USA to 2 TD’s on 2 possessions. Jake went 4-6 with a rushing TD. Had a TD dropped, but what a great experience for him. 🇺🇸 USA beat Australia 🇦🇺 38-0. Next game is Wednesday. @USNFT @JMUFootball @odonnelljake_ pic.twitter.com/oFyf3dtg3J— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) July 14, 2018
First win for the @USNFT is in the books! Way to go #TeamUSA! @usafootball https://t.co/FVCuJsnp09— Scott Hallenbeck (@USAFootballHC) July 14, 2018
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