Team BC beats the USA at its own game, claims football title
Team BC's Under-15 team, with three Kelowna football players on it, defeated a team of USA 9th Graders by a final score 10-7 as part of USA Football's International Bowl event last week at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas - Arlington.
"I still can't believe this happened," said Team BC head coach Peter McCall of Kelowna. "We were prepared, we were inspired and we were motivated. We just played unbelievably. We rose to the occasion. We got past all the hype of it being Team America and we showed that this was Team BC and that we have some of the best players in this age group playing for sure."
It was the first time a BC team had ever won the event and the Kelowna connection played a solid part in the victory and chipped in earlier in the event.
Taylor Knoll from Mt. Boucherie had two big catches including a 40-yard bomb that led to the first touchdown as well as a yard grab near the Team USA goal line set up the game winning field goal. Knoll also chipped in with two special team tackles.
Andrew Becker from Rutland was injured in the Wednesday Jamboree and had to sit out the Friday night game. Chris Smith, also from Mt. Boucherie, saw time at receiver and on special teams. Jason Baron, RSS offensive coordinator, was an assistant coach on offense.
QB Giordy Belfiore (Vancouver College Fighting Irish) went 8-for-12 in the air throwing for 108 yards and one touchdown and was named game MVP for Team BC in the victory.
Belfiore led Team BC to a score on their opening drive of the game connecting with Tyler Moxin (North Delta Longhorns) in the end zone to put Team BC up 7-0 early following the convert. The Americans would respond with a touchdown of their own just before half-time to even the score at 7-7.
That score would hold until just shy of the halfway mark of the fourth quarter when LB Matteo Triggiano (Notre Dame Jugglers) blocked a USA punt allowing Team BC to recovery on the 10-yard line. The turnover would ultimately lead to a field goal by RB Adam Turrin (Notre Dame Jugglers).
The Americans would have one final attempt to engineer a game-winning drive after getting the ball back with 68 seconds left in the contest but their last gasp attempt would be ended by DB Cole Theobald (Argyle Pipers) who picked off a pass to seal the deal for Team BC.
Friday's game concluded an exciting three days of activity for Team BC which included an opportunity to take part in a jamboree at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.