Records fall in first round of world championship

Records are meant to be broken, and in Saturday’s first day of action at the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Austin, Texas, new highs were established in all four matchups.

Longest pass, touchdown reception and kickoff return marks were set to a new standard, and several defensive records also fell.

More IFAF competition records are in danger Tuesday as four teams return to the field at Burger Stadium. But the players’ main focus will be helping their nations to their first wins of the 2012 competition.

The four national teams defeated on the first day of action meet Tuesday as European rivals France and Sweden clash at 5 p.m. CT and American Samoa and Panama battle at 8 p.m. CT. USA Football’s YouTube channel will air a live webcast of the games, which will also be archived for future viewing, at www.YouTube.com/usafootballeducation.

Among the record highlights, Canada’s starting quarterback Will Finch combined with receiver Doug Corby to equal the longest pass and touchdown pass records of 77 yards in their nation’s 43-0 win over Sweden.

Jesus Wilson of Team USA also covered a record 77 yards as he returned the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown in a 27-6 win over American Samoa.

Canada quarterback Finch also set a new best in yards per pass completion (25.1), while his receiver Corby set a record for yards per reception (32.7) and recorded the second-most receiving yards in a single game with 131.  Defensively, the Canadians also impressed as Adam Melanson set a new high with 3.5 tackles for a loss. Two players – Naoto Miyata of Japan and Panama’s Xavier Ramos – became the first to record a pair of sacks in a single game.

Swedish punter Linus Carlbom took the longest punt (76 yards) and punting average (42.2 yards) records, and Austria’s Clemens Erlsbacher set a record punt return average of 21 yards per return.

Players joining the list of top performances included Canada quarterback Hugo Richard, who became the fifth player to score two rushing touchdowns in a game (record is four by David Wilson, USA, 2009); Austria quarterbacks Christoph Gubisch and Adrian Platzgummer, who both threw two touchdown passes in a single game (record is five by Yuichiro Atakai, Japan, 2009); and Demarcus Ayres, whose seven receptions in a single game for the USA was two short of the record (nine by Jumpei Yoshimoto, Japan, 2009).  Platzgummer also stands fourth and fifth on the list of longest pass completions and touchdown passes, having hit Florian Bundschuh for 59 yards and Dominik Artner for 57 yards.

Sweden’s Oscar Nevermann came up just one yard short of the 193 all-purpose yards in a single game record set by Jumpei Yoshimoto of Japan in 2009, and Nevermann’s 128 kickoff return yards are also second-best in tournament history (159 yards by Thomas Ruiz, France, 2009).

Mercer Timmins’ 63-yard touchdown run was the second longest in Under-19 World Championship history (78 yards by Maxime Boutin, France, 2009) and is third behind Boutin as the longest play from scrimmage.

Nanami Ariwa’s 38-yard field goal equaled the second best in tournament history behind Lirim Hajrullahu of Canada, who split the uprights twice from 42 yards and once from 38 yards in 2009.

Xavier Ramos of Panama now sits fourth on the list of solo tackles in a single game, having made eight against Austria (11 by Markus Westmann, Sweden in 2009).

Individual records set or equaled include:

  • Yards per completion- game: 25.1 – Will Finch, CAN vs. SWE 6-30-12
  • Yards per reception- game: 32.7 – Doug Corby, CAN vs. SWE 6-30-12
  • Punting average: 42.4 – Linus Carlbom, SWE vs. CAN 6-30-12
  • Yards per punt return: 21.0 – Clemens Erlsbacher, AUT vs. PAN 6-30-12
  • Kickoff returns: 7 – Oscar Nevermann, SWE vs. CAN 6-30-12
  • Longest Pass & TD pass: 77 – Finch to Corby, CAN vs. SWE 6-30-12
  • Longest Punt: 76 – Linus Carlbom, SWE vs. CAN 6-30-12
  • Longest Kickoff Return: 77 – Jesus Wilson, USA vs. AMS 6-30-12
  • Tackles for Loss: 3.5 – Adam Melanson, CAN vs. SWE 6-30-12
  • Sacks: 2.0 – Two players

Team records set or equaled include:

  • Passes Intercepted: 2 – USA vs. AMS
  • INTs Thrown: 2 – AMS vs. USA
  • Fewest Points Allowed: 0 – CAN vs. SWE & AUT vs. PAN
  • Forced Fumbles: 3 – USA vs. AMS & AUT vs. PAN
  • Penalty Yards: 201 – USA vs. AMS
  • Penalties: 16 – USA vs. AMS

Learn more about the IFAF Under-19 World Championship and the World Football Festival at: www.u19championship.com

About IFAF: The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) unites 62 countries on six continents through a burgeoning international sport.  With national football federations in existence for more than 75 years, IFAF was created in 1998 to organize and further develop the game through international cooperation and global competition. The IFAF office is located near Paris, France.