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Mount alumnus Nate Kmic

Mount Union's Nate Kmic Named IFAF Tournament MVP as Team USA Wins Gold Medal

Saturday, July 16, 2011 7:01 PM

By Joe Frollo 

A month ago, they were strangers spread across the United States.

Today, a half a world away, they are champions.

The U.S. Men’s National Team earned the gold medal Saturday at the IFAF Senior World Championship, beatingCanada, 50-7. Team USA defended its 2007 title by outscoring four opponents, 176-21, earning head coach Mel Tjeerdsma a Gatorade bath, a wide-eyed smile and memories to last a lifetime. 

Tjeerdsma led Northwest Missouri State to three NCAA Division II national championships. This one will remain just as special in his heart.

“We didn’t hold anything back,” Tjeerdsma said. “We have only been together for three weeks. We are really proud of our players and the preparation they put in.”

Team USA started slowly as a 1-yard Nate Kmic (Delta, Ohio) touchdown run produced the only points of the first quarter. 
Kmic takes handoff from Jason Johnson

Canada had a chance to strike right back and even the score, but a long pass fell off the receivers’ hands. The momentum that could have been was lost, and soon so was Canada’s chances as Team USA built a 37-7 halftime lead, the lone Canada score coming with 6.8 seconds before the break as Matt Faulds hit David Stephens for a 19-yard TD pass.

Other than that, the first 24 minutes were all Team USA - including a 30-point second quarter.

Backup QB Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wisc.) followed the blocks of Nick Rossi (Walpole, Mass.) and Luke Summers (New Middletown, Ohio) to score from 23 yards out and make it 14-0. 

Sacks by Daniel Catalano (Belle Meade, N.J) and Charles Bay (Marietta, Ga.) pinned Canada against its own end zone, leading to the Canadians taking a safety instead of punting on fourth down.

Following the free kick, a long return by Ricardo Leinhart (Sidney, Ohio) and a long run by Henry Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) led to a 7-yard TD run by quarterback Cody Hawkins (Boise, Idaho) and a 23-0 U.S. lead.

Another Canada punt, another American score, this one a 27-yard pass from Hawkins to Joe Sturdivant (Lilburn, Ga.) to make it 30-0.

Canada finally got on the scoreboard with 6.8 seconds left in the half, but the U.S. was not done. An onside kick was recovered at the Canada 38, and Hawkins hit Lenhart to cap the first-half scoring and send the teams to the locker room.

Team USA outgained Canada, 281-108, in the first half as Hawkins was already 12-of-17 for 161 yards. Harris had nine carries for 77 yards, and Kmic – who would be named Tournament MVP – had five catches for 42 yards.

The estimated crowd of 20,000 clapped and cheered throughout the display, entertained by the U.S. dominance of the sport born here but is spreading worldwide with the help of 59 sanctioned national governing bodies spread across the globe.

The U.S. captured the favor of the Vienna, Austria, audience and carried it through the postgame on-field celebration and medal ceremony.

“Full credit has to go to the Americans. Team USA played well from the opening drive to the closing drive,” Canada head coach LARRY HAYLOR said.Their offense is balanced and it just continued to keep us off balanced.”

The third quarter began the same way the second quarter ended – with Team USA on the attack.

Kmic’s 13-yard touchdown run just 58 seconds into the third quarter put Team USA back in the end zone. And by the time Harris added 5-yard scoring run to make it 50-7 with 2:57 left in the half, the outcome was well out of doubt.

“This is a great honor, to represent all our countries, and for me to be able to wear United States of America on my chest,” Kmic said. “What a great experience and opportunity. This is ranked very high on my list of accomplishments in my football career.”

Hawkins finished 13-of-21 for 161 yards and the two touchdowns. Harris had 105 yards on 15 carries (7.0 average), part of Team USA’s 257-yard ground game.

Tommy Conners (Marrero, La.) finished with six tackles, Jordan Lake (Houston) had five tackles and two interceptions, and Diezeas Calbert (Omaha, Neb.) added four tackles and forced fumble. Terrence Jackson (Media, Pa.) and Tyler Roach (Elkhorn, Neb.) each recorded second-half sacks.

Some Team USA players and coaches will fly back to the United States on Sunday to prepare for the fall seasons or return to their regular jobs. Others will take some time in Europe to savor the experience and add to their memories.

From the time they first gathered June 27 at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., for a weeklong training camp, this team came together, showing the talent and desire to earn their place in history and proudly represent their country.

Now they have the medals to prove it.

Kmic, NCAA college football's all-time leading rusher with 8,074 yards, was joined on the national team by offensive lineman and former Raider All-American Luke Summers (New Middletown/Springfield Local). Mount Union head coach Larry Kehres was the offensive coordinator and former Raider player, assistant coach and current Wabash College head coach Erik Raeburn was the offensive line coach.

Canada......... 0 7 0 0 7

USA............ 7 30 13 0 50

Scoring Summary:


7:42 USA - Nate Kmic 2 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)

12 plays, 77 yards, TOP 4:18, CAN 0 - USA 7


5:54 USA - Matt Bassuener 23 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)

9 plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:49, CAN 0 - USA 14

3:32 USA - Team USA safety, CAN 0 - USA 16

1:51 USA - Cody Hawkins 7 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)

4 plays, 32 yards, TOP 1:32, CAN 0 - USA 23

0:40 USA - Joe Sturdivant 27 yd pass from Cody Hawkins (Gregg Berkshire kick)

2 plays, 33 yards, TOP 0:34, CAN 0 - USA 30

0:06 CAN - David Stevens 19 yd pass from Michael Faulds (Lirim Hajrullahu kick)

4 plays, 53 yards, TOP 0:27, CAN 7 - USA 30

0:00 USA - Ricardo Lenhart 38 yd pass from Cody Hawkins (Gregg Berkshire kick)

1 play, 38 yards, TOP 0:03, CAN 7 - USA 37


11:02 USA - Nate Kmic 13 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick failed)

1 play, 13 yards, TOP 0:05, CAN 7 - USA 43

2:57 USA - Henry Harris 5 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)

5 plays, 46 yards, TOP 2:36, CAN 7 - USA 50


FIRST DOWNS................... 16 26

Rushing..................... 4 15

Passing..................... 10 8

Penalty..................... 2 3

NET YARDS RUSHING............. 48 257

Rushing Attempts............ 15 38

Average Per Rush............ 3.2 6.8

Rushing Touchdowns.......... 0 5

Yards Gained Rushing........ 63 273

Yards Lost Rushing.......... 15 16

NET YARDS PASSING............. 181 183

Completions-Attempts-Int.... 20-38-2 16-26-0

Average Per Attempt......... 4.8 7.0

Average Per Completion...... 9.1 11.4

Passing Touchdowns.......... 1 2

TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS........... 229 440

Total offense plays......... 57 64

Average Gain Per Play....... 4.0 6.9

Fumbles: Number-Lost.......... 2-1 0-0

Penalties: Number-Yards....... 7-69 7-78

PUNTS-YARDS................... 3-120 2-87

Average Yards Per Punt...... 40.0 43.5

Net Yards Per Punt.......... 37.0 38.0

Inside 20................... 0 1


Rushing Donnie Marshall 2-25, David Stevens 4-15, Michael Faulds 2-11, Matt Walters 4-4, Josh Sacobie 1-2, Jahmeek Murray 1-0, Lirim Hajrullahu 1-(-9),

Passing Michael Faulds 16-28-2 161, Josh Sacobie 3-9-0 29, Jahmeek Murray 1-1-0 19

Receiving Shamawd Chambers 7-74, Scott Valberg 4-56, David Stevens 4-31, Ricky Clarke 2-16, Alexandre Poirier 1-19, Jedd Gardiner 1-11, Michel-P.Pontbriand 1-2.


Rushing Henry Harris 15-105, Matt Bassuener 4-51, Nate Kmic 8-49, DaShawn Thomas 7-39, Jason Haller 3-13, Cody Hawkins 1-7

Passing Cody Hawkins 13-21-0 161, Ben McLaughlin 2-3-0 14, Matt Bassuener 1-2-0 8

Receiving Nate Kmic 5-42, Henry Harris 4-22, Ricardo Lenhart 3-63, Joe Sturdivant 1-27, Alex Anderson 1-15, Tylor Malm 1-11, Mike Peterson 1-3.

Notre Dame College to host 10th Annual Falcon Golf Classic tomorrow

 By Skip Snow

SOUTH EUCLID -- Notre Dame will host its 10th Annual Falcon Golf Classic at StoneWater Golf Club tomorrow.

The event, hosted by Falcon Athletics and the NDC Development Office, is open to alumni, family and friends of the Notre Dame community. Proceeds from the 18-hole scramble support NDC's 23 athletic programs and its 700-plus student-athletes.

“Our golf outing has become an event that many friends of the College eagerly anticipate each summer, said Brian Emerson, Acting Director of Athletics.  "StoneWater is a premier facility and one of the top-ranked courses in the country, and the perfect setting for a day of camaraderie, networking, and renewing acquaintances. But the best part is the financial support the event provides to our student-athletes and our athletic programs.” 

A $175 donation covers 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, a buffet luncheon and various prize packages available throughout the day. Funds raised in recent years have supported the institution of new athletic programs such as football, bowling and water polo and the construction of a new on-campus practice field.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies and organizations, providing visibility and access to more than 150 golfers and guests. For more information, contact Al DiFranco, director of donor relations, at 216.373.5234 or adifranco@ndc.edu.

Located in Highland Heights, Ohio, StoneWater GC is one of the finest golf courses in the state. The par-71 Hurdzan-Fry layout has played host to an event on the Nationwide Tour and to USGA and NCAA qualifiers. StoneWater has been ranked among the top-10 courses in Ohio and among the top-30 public-access courses in the nation (Golf Digest).

2011 Falcon Golf Classic Brochure

Gilmour has several coaching openings

Gilmour Academy has the following coaching positions open: boys varsity lacrosse, girls varsity lacrosse and middle school coed soccer. 

Interested applicants should contact Athletic Director Tom Bryan atbryant@gilmour.org or 440-473-8074.


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