Ohio State commit Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw two touchdowns passes and the defense held Canada to 53 total yards as the United States’ Under-19 National Team posted a 33-0 victory against the Canadian Under-19 National Team in the International Bowl on Sunday.
Haskins from The Bullis School (Potomac, Md.) finished 12-for-16 for 154 yards with an interception and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. His touchdown passes went for 16 yards to uncommitted top-ranked athlete Mecole Hardman (Elberton, Ga.) and 32 yards to Colorado commit Trey Udoffia (Loomis, Calif.). Hardman had five catches for 55 yards.
Haskins’ pass to Udoffia brought the crowd to his feet as he had to scramble, was hit in the head and scrambled some more before getting rid of the ball.
The game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, was the first of a series of international competitions between teams from the United States and Canada featuring more than 600 of the top high school and junior high football players.
Texas A&M commit Nick Starkel (Argyle, Texas) also threw two touchdown passes for Team USA and finished with 76 yards passing (8-for-4). Both his scores went to top-ranked receiver N’Keal Harry (Chandler, Ariz.). Harry TD’s grabs were for 26 yards in the second quarter and eight yards in the third. He finished with five catches for 75 yards.
Team USA got a special teams score when Oregon State commit Shurod Thompson (Brentwood, Calif.) returned a blocked field goal 59 yards with 5:42 left in the game to make it 33-0.
The U.S. team finished with 330 yards of offense and 16 first downs.
The score was 6-0 at halftime after a defensive struggle in which it took time for the offense to get going.
“It’s not easy getting these guys to come together that quickly, but I’m proud of the way we did manage to put it together,” said United States head coach Shaun Aguano (Chandler, Ariz.). “There’s a bunch of 4- and 5-star talent on our roster, so we knew it was just matter of time before we started to get rolling. It’s a good group of kids and I think they did their country proud with today’s effort.”