Yep, Frogville, baby. And we whupped ‘em good.
Evidently, the ACC may not quite be up to par with football powerhouse SEC, but they all up in France’s grill in the inaugural International Federation of American Football Junior World Championship tournament last Saturday at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The United States, led by a couple of kids headed to Blacksburg and Charlottesville, displayed the talent, skill, confidence and swagger of a champion in its 78-0 victory. The Americans were superior to the French in every aspect of the game — speed, size, quickness and strength. France, being the tough guys that they are, gained a total of seven yards. Not a misprint, that would be seven (7).
''I don't like games getting like that, but I don't know how I can change that when you only have 45 guys on your squad,'' said Team USA coach Chuck Kyle, who has led Cleveland St. Ignatius to 10 Division I state titles. ''Some of the first-round games were high scores, and I am so glad the second and third rounds aren't going to be. There should be some closer football games.''
Team USA, made up of 19 or younger players, rested Sunday in anticipation of playing Mexico in the second round at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fawcett Stadium.
Virginia Tech recruit David Wilson rushed for four touchdowns and Western Michigan recruit Brian Fields rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Americans on offense.
''I was motivated to have a great game, but nothing like this,'' said Wilson, who rushed for 181 yards on 12 carries. ''You only dream about playing against another country and scoring four touchdowns. This is almost like the Olympic competition when they bring countries together to play in a tournament."
South Carolina recruit Chris Payne (eight tackles, one sack), Virginia Tech recruit Tariq Edwards (six tackles, one sack) and Virginia recruit Corey Lillard (two interceptions) led the Team USA defense.
Other scores: Canada 55, New Zealand 0, Japan 10, Germany 7 and Mexico 41, Sweden 0.