July 4 game previews

Second-round IFAF Under-19 World Championship games kick off Wednesday, July 4, at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Here is a look at those games:

No. 3 Japan vs. No. 2 Canada

5 p.m.

This is a repeat of the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship semifinal that saw Canada beat Japan, 38-25, to reach the gold medal game in Canton, Ohio. Canada scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass with just 16 seconds remaining.

FIRST ROUND

Japan beat No. 6 seed France, 27-6. Canada beat No. 7 seed Sweden, 43-0.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Japan  The Japanese defense recorded 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and got a 27-yard interception return from Kevin Coughlin. Ryunosuke Saeki led the Japanese running game against France, rushing eight times for 56 yards. James Takada and Satoshi Sagino scored rushing touchdowns for Japan.

Canada  Canada finished with 562 total yards against Sweden, including 306 on the ground. Andreas Robinson led the way with 88 yards and a touchdown. Mercer Timmis added 78 yards rushing and a score. Quarterbacks Hugo Richard and Will Finch combined to go 11-of-22 for 256 yards passing. Doug Corby caught four passes for 131 yards and a touchdown from Finch.  Kevin McGee led the defense with seven tackles, while Adam Melanson totaled four tackles for loss.

No. 5 Austria vs. No. 1 USA

8 p.m.

Austria becomes the first team not among the top four seeds to qualify for an IFAF Under-19 World Championship second round. Team USA looks to continue its defense of its 2009 tournament title.

FIRST ROUND

Austria defeated No. 4 Panama, 40-0. USA defeated No. 8 seed American Samoa 27-6.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Austria  Quarterbacks Adrian Platzgummer and Christoph Gubish combined to go 10-for-13 passing for 230 yards and four touchdowns against Panama. Andreas Hofbauer led Austria with 55 yards rushing on six carries, while Platzgummer added 49 yards on the ground. Thomas Oberdorfer had six tackles, one for loss, while the Austria defense produced four turnovers.

United States  Jesus Wilson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown for the United States. Quarterback Brayden Scott was 13-of-20 for 196 yards and a touchdown. Demarcus Ayers (pictured) caught seven of his passes for 115 yards and the score. Tarean Folston had a combined 70 rushing-receiving yards. Reggie Chevis led the defense with seven tackles and a fumble recovery.