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U.S. Men’s team opens with 61-0 win over Australia

Joe Frollo, USA Football; IFAF Communications contributed to this report Fri, 07/08/2011 - 10:46am

Consider the kinks worked out.

The U.S. Men’s National Team opened defense of its IFAF Senior World Championship on Friday with a 61-0 win over Australia as former University of Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

Team USA outgained Australia, 573-75, holding Australia to five first downs.

"It was a great team effort, our team executed well," Team USA head coach Mel Tjeerdsma said. "Our coaching staff did a great job installing the systems to our guys.  We wanted to do as much as we possibly could on offense, defense and special teams and I thought you saw a glimpse of that today.

After punting on their first possession, Team USA scored touchdowns on its next nine possessions – including a 26-yard blocked punt return by Diezeas Calbert (Omaha, Neb.) to open the scoring.

Miles Burnsides (Maryville, Mo.) blocked the kick, and Calbert scooped it up, taking it in for 6 points.

"The blocked punt was a huge play early in the game," Tjeerdsma said. "It gave a lot of momentum, and football is a game about momentum. After that we played with a lot more confidence."

Hawkins and the offense took over from there as the Boise, Idaho, native completed 13-of-15 passes – all in the first half – to earn game MVP honors.

Hawkins found Nate Kmic (Delta, Ohio) and Alex Anderson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) for passing touchdowns. Kmic finished with seven catches for 106 yards. Da'Shawn Thomas (Newport, Ark.) also scored on the ground twice as part of his eight carry, 95-yard day.

Team USA took a 34-0 lead into halftime.

"I think if you are not motivated enough by wearing your country’s name on the side of your helmet and jersey you shouldn’t be here," Hawkins said. "That is the great thing about this event, because whether you win or lose, it's all about giving everything you have to represent your country. I am confident Australia did that and I know everyone on our team did."

The offense picked right back up in the second half as Henry Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) ran for a pair of touchdowns, while QBs Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wisc.) and Ben McLaughlin (Dierks, Ark.) and each threw for a score. Bassuener hit Micah Brown (Houston) for an 11-yard TD, while McLaughlin found Taylor Malm (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) for a 63-yard scoring play.

Harris finished with a game-high 99 rushing yards on 10 carries.

McLaughlin completed all five of his passes for 96 yards, and Bassuener was perfect on four throws for 38 yards, giving the Team USA quarterbacks a combined 22-of-24 for 329 yards and four TDs.

John Jacobs (Prudenville, Mich.) led the defense with five tackles, and Zach Watkins (Independence, Mo.) had four. Daniel Catalano (Belle Meade, N.J.) had Team USA’s lone sack, coming on Australia’s first play from scrimmage.

Team USA next faces Germany on Sunday and wraps up group play against Mexico on Tuesday with the winner of Group A advancing to the gold medal game July 16 against the winner of Group B, which includes Austria, Canada, France and Japan.

Tjeerdsma said with only one day off between games, his team will make adjustments as they can.

"There are obviously some things we could work on, and we have two days to get them ironed out before out next game.”

Mexico beat Germany, 22-15, in Friday's other Group A game.

Team USA's IFAF Senior World Championship games can be followed in real time at www.Facebook.com/IFAF.org and on Twitter @IFAFinsider. Video highlights of all games along with previews and features are available at the IFAF YouTube site, www.YouTube.com/IFAFinsider.

Photo: Team USA DE Charles Bay (Marietta, Ga.) closes in on Australian TE Liam Erby in America’s 61-0 victory to open the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship in Austria. Photo courtesy of IFAF.

 

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Team Autralia.......  0  0  0  0  -  0
Team USA............ 13 21 13 14  - 61

Scoring Summary:
1st 
7:09 USA - Diezeas Calbert 26 yd blocked punt return (Cody Hawkins rush failed)
    AUS 0 - USA 6
0:35 USA - Nate Kmic 4 yd pass from Cody Hawkins (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    9 plays, 77 yards, TOP 3:43, AUS 0 - USA 13
2nd 
9:43 USA - DaShawn Thomas 12 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    4 plays, 77 yards, TOP 1:27, AUS 0 - USA 20
4:32 USA - DaShawn Thomas 48 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    4 plays, 75 yards, TOP 1:11, AUS 0 - USA 27
0:59 USA - Alex Anderson 18 yd pass from Cody Hawkins (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    5 plays, 60 yards, TOP 0:58, AUS 0 - USA 34
3rd 
8:36 USA - Henry Harris 5 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    7 plays, 69 yards, TOP 3:20, AUS 0 - USA 41
2:19 USA - Micah Brown 11 yd pass from Matt Bassuener (Gregg Berkshire kick blockd)
    11 plays, 72 yards, TOP 4:39, AUS 0 - USA 47
4th 
10:18 USA - Tylor Malm 64 yd pass from Ben McLaughlin (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    3 plays, 66 yards, TOP 1:34, AUS 0 - USA 54
5:17 USA - Henry Harris 3 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    6 plays, 51 yards, TOP 3:09, AUS 0 - USA 61
                                     AUS      USA
FIRST DOWNS...................        5       24
  Rushing.....................        2       10
  Passing.....................        2       14
  Penalty.....................        1        0
NET YARDS RUSHING.............       43      244
  Rushing Attempts............       25       30
  Average Per Rush............      1.7      8.1
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        0        4
  Yards Gained Rushing........       56      258
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       13       14
NET YARDS PASSING.............       32      329
  Completions-Attempts-Int....   6-13-1  22-24-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      2.5     13.7
  Average Per Completion......      5.3     15.0
  Passing Touchdowns..........        0        4
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........       75      573
  Total offense plays.........       39       55
  Average Gain Per Play.......      1.9     10.4
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      1-0      0-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     4-20     6-53
PUNTS-YARDS...................    9-280     1-50
  Average Yards Per Punt......     31.1     50.0
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     23.3     50.0
  Inside 20...................        1        0
  50+ Yards...................        1        1
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        0        0
KICKOFFS-YARDS................     1-55   10-613
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     55.0     61.3
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     39.0     41.8
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.    0-0-0   4-70-1
  Average Per Return..........      0.0     17.5
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 10-195-0   1-16-0
  Average Per Return..........     19.5     16.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0    1-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    24:32    24:22
  1st Quarter.................     6:48     6:06
  2nd Quarter.................     8:24     3:36
  3rd Quarter.................     3:57     8:03
  4th Quarter.................     5:23     6:37
Third-Down Conversions........  1 of 11   4 of 7
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 1   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      0-0      6-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      1-9      1-6
PAT Kicks.....................      0-0      7-8
Field Goals...................      0-0      0-0


AUSTRALIA

Rushing  Kieren Lansdell 7-22, Matthew Croasdaile 11-18, Tyson Garnham 2-3, Kiernan Dorney 4-0, Liam Erby 1-0.

Passing Kiernan Dorney 10-5-0 27, Liam Erby 2-1-1 11, David Ward 1-0-0 0

Receiving Ryan Dwyer 3-5, Luke Fredericks 2-29, Liam Erby 1-4

USA

Rushing  Henry Harris 10-99, DaShawn Thomas 8-95, Jason Haller 2-21, Tylor Malm 4-21, Nate Kmic 2-12, Matt Bassuener 1-2, Ben McLaughlin 3-(-6)

Passing Cody Hawkins 15-13-0 204, Ben McLaughlin 5-5-0 9, Matt Bassuener 4-4-0 38

Receiving Nate Kmic 7-106, Alex Anderson 3- 6, Micah Brown 3-30, Richie Brockel 3-21, Jason Haller 2-2, Tylor Malm 1-6