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Lead Team USA to 61-0 Win


Over Australia at IFAF World


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 July 8, 2011 

U.S. Men’s team opens with 61-0 win over Australia

Joe Frollo, USA Football; IFAF Communications contributed to this report Fri, 07/08/2011 - 10:46am 

Consider the kinks worked out.

The U.S. Men’s National Team opened defense of its IFAF Senior World Championship on Friday with a 61-0 win over Australia as former University of Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

Team USA outgained Australia, 573-75, holding Australia to five first downs.

"It was a great team effort, our team executed well," Team USA head coach Mel Tjeerdsma said. "Our coaching staff did a great job installing the systems to our guys.  We wanted to do as much as we possibly could on offense, defense and special teams and I thought you saw a glimpse of that today.

After punting on their first possession, Team USA scored touchdowns on its next nine possessions – including a 26-yard blocked punt return by Diezeas Calbert (Omaha, Neb.) to open the scoring.

Miles Burnsides (Maryville, Mo.) blocked the kick, and Calbert scooped it up, taking it in for 6 points.

"The blocked punt was a huge play early in the game," Tjeerdsma said. "It gave a lot of momentum, and football is a game about momentum. After that we played with a lot more confidence."

Hawkins and the offense took over from there as the Boise, Idaho, native completed 13-of-15 passes – all in the first half – to earn game MVP honors.

Hawkins found former Mount Union standout Nate Kmic (Delta, Ohio) and Alex Anderson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) for passing touchdowns. Kmic finished with seven catches for 106 yards. Da'Shawn Thomas (Newport, Ark.) also scored on the ground twice as part of his eight carry, 95-yard day.

Team USA took a 34-0 lead into halftime.

"I think if you are not motivated enough by wearing your country’s name on the side of your helmet and jersey you shouldn’t be here," Hawkins said. "That is the great thing about this event, because whether you win or lose, it's all about giving everything you have to represent your country. I am confident Australia did that and I know everyone on our team did."

The offense picked right back up in the second half as Henry Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) ran for a pair of touchdowns, while QBs Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wisc.) and Ben McLaughlin (Dierks, Ark.) and each threw for a score. Bassuener hit Micah Brown (Houston) for an 11-yard TD, while McLaughlin found Taylor Malm (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) for a 63-yard scoring play.

Harris finished with a game-high 99 rushing yards on 10 carries.

McLaughlin completed all five of his passes for 96 yards, and Bassuener was perfect on four throws for 38 yards, giving the Team USA quarterbacks a combined 22-of-24 for 329 yards and four TDs.

John Jacobs (Prudenville, Mich.) led the defense with five tackles, and Zach Watkins (Independence, Mo.) had four. Daniel Catalano (Belle Meade, N.J.) had Team USA’s lone sack, coming on Australia’s first play from scrimmage.

Team USA next faces Germany on Sunday and wraps up group play against Mexico on Tuesday with the winner of Group A advancing to the gold medal game July 16 against the winner of Group B, which includes Austria, Canada, France and Japan.

Tjeerdsma said with only one day off between games, his team will make adjustments as they can.

"There are obviously some things we could work on, and we have two days to get them ironed out before out next game.”

Mexico beat Germany, 22-15, in Friday's other Group A game.

Team USA's IFAF Senior World Championship games can be followed in real time at www.Facebook.com/IFAF.org and on Twitter @IFAFinsider. Video highlights of all games along with previews and features are available at the IFAF YouTube site,www.YouTube.com/IFAFinsider.

Photo: Team USA DE Charles Bay (Marietta, Ga.) closes in on Australian TE Liam Erby in America’s 61-0 victory to open the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship in Austria. Photo courtesy of IFAF.

 

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Team Autralia.......  0  0  0  0  -  0
Team USA............ 13 21 13 14  - 61
 
Scoring Summary:
1st 
7:09 USA - Diezeas Calbert 26 yd blocked punt return (Cody Hawkins rush failed)
    AUS 0 - USA 6
0:35 USA - Nate Kmic 4 yd pass from Cody Hawkins (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    9 plays, 77 yards, TOP 3:43, AUS 0 - USA 13
2nd 
9:43 USA - DaShawn Thomas 12 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    4 plays, 77 yards, TOP 1:27, AUS 0 - USA 20
4:32 USA - DaShawn Thomas 48 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    4 plays, 75 yards, TOP 1:11, AUS 0 - USA 27
0:59 USA - Alex Anderson 18 yd pass from Cody Hawkins (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    5 plays, 60 yards, TOP 0:58, AUS 0 - USA 34
3rd 
8:36 USA - Henry Harris 5 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    7 plays, 69 yards, TOP 3:20, AUS 0 - USA 41
2:19 USA - Micah Brown 11 yd pass from Matt Bassuener (Gregg Berkshire kick blockd)
    11 plays, 72 yards, TOP 4:39, AUS 0 - USA 47
4th 
10:18 USA - Tylor Malm 64 yd pass from Ben McLaughlin (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    3 plays, 66 yards, TOP 1:34, AUS 0 - USA 54
5:17 USA - Henry Harris 3 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    6 plays, 51 yards, TOP 3:09, AUS 0 - USA 61
                                     AUS      USA
FIRST DOWNS...................        5       24
  Rushing.....................        2       10
  Passing.....................        2       14
  Penalty.....................        1        0
NET YARDS RUSHING.............       43      244
  Rushing Attempts............       25       30
  Average Per Rush............      1.7      8.1
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        0        4
  Yards Gained Rushing........       56      258
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       13       14
NET YARDS PASSING.............       32      329
  Completions-Attempts-Int....   6-13-1  22-24-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      2.5     13.7
  Average Per Completion......      5.3     15.0
  Passing Touchdowns..........        0        4
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........       75      573
  Total offense plays.........       39       55
  Average Gain Per Play.......      1.9     10.4
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      1-0      0-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     4-20     6-53
PUNTS-YARDS...................    9-280     1-50
  Average Yards Per Punt......     31.1     50.0
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     23.3     50.0
  Inside 20...................        1        0
  50+ Yards...................        1        1
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        0        0
KICKOFFS-YARDS................     1-55   10-613
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     55.0     61.3
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     39.0     41.8
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.    0-0-0   4-70-1
  Average Per Return..........      0.0     17.5
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 10-195-0   1-16-0
  Average Per Return..........     19.5     16.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0    1-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    24:32    24:22
  1st Quarter.................     6:48     6:06
  2nd Quarter.................     8:24     3:36
  3rd Quarter.................     3:57     8:03
  4th Quarter.................     5:23     6:37
Third-Down Conversions........  1 of 11   4 of 7
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 1   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      0-0      6-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      1-9      1-6
PAT Kicks.....................      0-0      7-8
Field Goals...................      0-0      0-0
 
 

AUSTRALIA

Rushing  Kieren Lansdell 7-22, Matthew Croasdaile 11-18, Tyson Garnham 2-3, Kiernan Dorney 4-0, Liam Erby 1-0.

Passing Kiernan Dorney 10-5-0 27, Liam Erby 2-1-1 11, David Ward 1-0-0 0

Receiving Ryan Dwyer 3-5, Luke Fredericks 2-29, Liam Erby 1-4

USA

Rushing  Henry Harris 10-99, DaShawn Thomas 8-95, Jason Haller 2-21, Tylor Malm 4-21, Nate Kmic 2-12, Matt Bassuener 1-2, Ben McLaughlin 3-(-6)

Passing Cody Hawkins 15-13-0 204, Ben McLaughlin 5-5-0 9, Matt Bassuener 4-4-0 38

Receiving Nate Kmic 7-106, Alex Anderson 3- 6, Micah Brown 3-30, Richie Brockel 3-21, Jason Haller 2-2, Tylor Malm 1-6

 


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Boise, Idaho, native completed 13-of-15 passes – all in the first half – to earn game MVP honors.

Hawkins found former Mount Union standout Nate Kmic (Delta, Ohio) and Alex Anderson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) for passing touchdowns. Kmic finished with seven catches for 106 yards. Da'Shawn Thomas (Newport, Ark.) also scored on the ground twice as part of his eight carry, 95-yard day.

Team USA took a 34-0 lead into halftime.

"I think if you are not motivated enough by wearing your country’s name on the side of your helmet and jersey you shouldn’t be here," Hawkins said. "That is the great thing about this event, because whether you win or lose, it's all about giving everything you have to represent your country. I am confident Australia did that and I know everyone on our team did."

The offense picked right back up in the second half as Henry Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) ran for a pair of touchdowns, while QBs Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wisc.) and Ben McLaughlin (Dierks, Ark.) and each threw for a score. Bassuener hit Micah Brown (Houston) for an 11-yard TD, while McLaughlin found Taylor Malm (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) for a 63-yard scoring play.

Harris finished with a game-high 99 rushing yards on 10 carries.

McLaughlin completed all five of his passes for 96 yards, and Bassuener was perfect on four throws for 38 yards, giving the Team USA quarterbacks a combined 22-of-24 for 329 yards and four TDs.

John Jacobs (Prudenville, Mich.) led the defense with five tackles, and Zach Watkins (Independence, Mo.) had four. Daniel Catalano (Belle Meade, N.J.) had Team USA’s lone sack, coming on Australia’s first play from scrimmage.

Team USA next faces Germany on Sunday and wraps up group play against Mexico on Tuesday with the winner of Group A advancing to the gold medal game July 16 against the winner of Group B, which includes Austria, Canada, France andJapan.

Tjeerdsma said with only one day off between games, his team will make adjustments as they can.

"There are obviously some things we could work on, and we have two days to get them ironed out before out next game.”

Mexico beat Germany, 22-15, in Friday's other Group A game.

Team USA's IFAF Senior World Championship games can be followed in real time at www.Facebook.com/IFAF.org and on Twitter @IFAFinsider. Video highlights of all games along with previews and features are available at the IFAF YouTube site, www.YouTube.com/IFAFinsider.

Photo: Team USA DE Charles Bay (Marietta, Ga.) closes in on Australian TE Liam Erby in America’s 61-0 victory to open the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship in Austria. Photo courtesy of IFAF.

 

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Team Autralia.......  0  0  0  0  -  0
Team USA............ 13 21 13 14  - 61
 
Scoring Summary:
1st 
7:09 USA - Diezeas Calbert 26 yd blocked punt return (Cody Hawkins rush failed)
    AUS 0 - USA 6
0:35 USA - Nate Kmic 4 yd pass from Cody Hawkins (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    9 plays, 77 yards, TOP 3:43, AUS 0 - USA 13
2nd 
9:43 USA - DaShawn Thomas 12 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    4 plays, 77 yards, TOP 1:27, AUS 0 - USA 20
4:32 USA - DaShawn Thomas 48 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    4 plays, 75 yards, TOP 1:11, AUS 0 - USA 27
0:59 USA - Alex Anderson 18 yd pass from Cody Hawkins (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    5 plays, 60 yards, TOP 0:58, AUS 0 - USA 34
3rd 
8:36 USA - Henry Harris 5 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    7 plays, 69 yards, TOP 3:20, AUS 0 - USA 41
2:19 USA - Micah Brown 11 yd pass from Matt Bassuener (Gregg Berkshire kick blockd)
    11 plays, 72 yards, TOP 4:39, AUS 0 - USA 47
4th 
10:18 USA - Tylor Malm 64 yd pass from Ben McLaughlin (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    3 plays, 66 yards, TOP 1:34, AUS 0 - USA 54
5:17 USA - Henry Harris 3 yd run (Gregg Berkshire kick)
    6 plays, 51 yards, TOP 3:09, AUS 0 - USA 61
                                     AUS      USA
FIRST DOWNS...................        5       24
  Rushing.....................        2       10
  Passing.....................        2       14
  Penalty.....................        1        0
NET YARDS RUSHING.............       43      244
  Rushing Attempts............       25       30
  Average Per Rush............      1.7      8.1
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        0        4
  Yards Gained Rushing........       56      258
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       13       14
NET YARDS PASSING.............       32      329
  Completions-Attempts-Int....   6-13-1  22-24-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      2.5     13.7
  Average Per Completion......      5.3     15.0
  Passing Touchdowns..........        0        4
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........       75      573
  Total offense plays.........       39       55
  Average Gain Per Play.......      1.9     10.4
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      1-0      0-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     4-20     6-53
PUNTS-YARDS...................    9-280     1-50
  Average Yards Per Punt......     31.1     50.0
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     23.3     50.0
  Inside 20...................        1        0
  50+ Yards...................        1        1
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        0        0
KICKOFFS-YARDS................     1-55   10-613
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     55.0     61.3
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     39.0     41.8
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.    0-0-0   4-70-1
  Average Per Return..........      0.0     17.5
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 10-195-0   1-16-0
  Average Per Return..........     19.5     16.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0    1-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    24:32    24:22
  1st Quarter.................     6:48     6:06
  2nd Quarter.................     8:24     3:36
  3rd Quarter.................     3:57     8:03
  4th Quarter.................     5:23     6:37
Third-Down Conversions........  1 of 11   4 of 7
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 1   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      0-0      6-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      1-9      1-6
PAT Kicks.....................      0-0      7-8
Field Goals...................      0-0      0-0
 
 

AUSTRALIA

Rushing  Kieren Lansdell 7-22, Matthew Croasdaile 11-18, Tyson Garnham 2-3, Kiernan Dorney 4-0, Liam Erby 1-0.

Passing Kiernan Dorney 10-5-0 27, Liam Erby 2-1-1 11, David Ward 1-0-0 0

Receiving Ryan Dwyer 3-5, Luke Fredericks 2-29, Liam Erby 1-4

USA

Rushing  Henry Harris 10-99, DaShawn Thomas 8-95, Jason Haller 2-21, Tylor Malm 4-21, Nate Kmic 2-12, Matt Bassuener 1-2, Ben McLaughlin 3-(-6)

Passing Cody Hawkins 15-13-0 204, Ben McLaughlin 5-5-0 9, Matt Bassuener 4-4-0 38

Receiving Nate Kmic 7-106, Alex Anderson 3- 6, Micah Brown 3-30, Richie Brockel 3-21, Jason Haller 2-2, Tylor Malm 1-6




Annual Walsh Jesuit Baseball “Showcase for the Cure” honors Chet Rodgers, raises a record $28,500 for LLS and cancer research

 

A poor weather forecast that turned into a beautiful day served to enthusiastically brighten the mood of the Walsh Jesuit baseball family that gathered at the school June 22nd for the annual “Showcase for the Cure.” Each year the invitation-only event draws top baseball prospects and scouts from throughout the region and, since 2006, has raised money for cancer research. The 2011 event was earmarked to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and honor the memory of Chet Rodgers – father of two Walsh Jesuit graduates – who passed away in 2009 following the second of two  courageous battles with lymphoma.

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This year’s showcase drew 110 top-level players from throughout the state and over 70 college and professional scouts – and attendance was at an all-time high. Greg Beals, head baseball coach at The Ohio State University, opened the event at Noon with an informative and poignant address to the crowd, which included 150 grade school level boys who had just completed another successful three-day baseball camp.

 


Following Beals’ address and a wonderfully emotional performance dedicated to the Rodgers family by recording artist Amanda HallChris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach and the force behind the fundraiser, thanked those in attendance for their enthusiastic response and introduced Rodgers’ wife Beth, daughter Tara, and mentioned their son Chad who could not be present. Chad, a 2006  Walsh Jesuit Baseball graduate, two-time State Champion, All-American, and Atlanta Braves draft pick, could not be in attendance as he was in Florida in the Braves’ Minor league system. 

Beth Rodgers extended her sincerest thanks to all those who made the day possible, calling the Walsh Jesuit Baseball community their extended family, and she couldn’t have been more right. 

The Walsh Jesuit baseball family, especially Kaczmar and event chairman Jeff Frye, worked for months to organize the showcase. Rather than charge baseball players to attend (similar events can cost more than $150 per player), Kaczmar asked each attendee to make a donation, all of which went directly to the charity. In addition, donations came from a corporate fair – new to the venue two years ago – which drew vendors selling everything from baseball gear to pizza. Not surprisingly, the response was tremendous, and the showcase raised an astonishing new record of $28,500 in honor of Chet Rodgers! Said SFTC Event Chair Jeff Frye, “"This was our most successful Showcase to date.  It couldn't have happened without the tireless efforts of our volunteers, and the generous support of our sponsors." 

A ceremonial check was presented to Sara Thorne-Briechle, Campaign Director of LLS, who graciously took time from her day to accept the gift and spoke briefly on advances that have made in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma.  Amy Pausche, Executive Director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Northern Ohio Chapter said “The success of this year's event is a testament to the positive impact a group of people can have in the fight to cure cancer. The generous donations contributed by the participants, vendors, and supporters makes life-saving research and services to blood cancer patients possible. We are grateful to the Rodgers' family for selecting LLS as the benefiting charity and the multitude of volunteers that worked tirelessly to create an inspiring event.”

 

In fact, as a symbolic reference to the fight against these dreaded diseases, all baseball and event staff at the showcase wore lime-green T-shirts, and the check presentation concluded with the release of lime-green colored balloons.


Kaczmar, a 1988 Walsh Jesuit graduate who has led the school’s baseball program to four state championships, two state runner-up finishes, and the nation’s #1 overall national ranking from April through May 2010, established the showcase over a decade ago. Originally called “The Walsh Jesuit Baseball Junior Day,” Kaczmar reformatted the event in 2006 after a number of parents and relatives connected to the school’s baseball program were diagnosed with cancer. Known today as “Showcase for the Cure,” the event is dedicated to raising awareness about cancer and donating toward cancer research. It continues to attract the area’s top baseball players and college and professional scouts from organizations throughout the Midwest. 

Donations to the annual charity showcase have increased yearly. In fact, in just six years, Kaczmar has facilitated the donation of $90,000 to four different charities dedicated to fighting cancer. The previous donation record was set in 2010, when the event raised $21,000 for Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute in honor of Mr. Tom Crews.

 

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds life-saving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. 

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit 
www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at 800.955.4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ET. 

About The LLS Northern Ohio Chapter 
Since 1970, the LLS Northern Ohio Chapter (NOH) has been fulfilling its mission to provide patient services, patient aid and educational programs throughout 31 counties in the northern tier of Ohio. Working with many local partners, NOH is nationally recognized for its patient services, including educational programs, support groups, and youth programming. With improved therapies and treatments, the number of long-term cancer survivors continues to rise, accounting for an ever-growing population in need of on-going support and education. In 2010, LLS volunteers and staff provided the following services to blood cancer patients and their families: 
• Allocated $154,500 of financial support to 1,030 Northern Ohio Chapter patients to offset the financial burdens of blood cancer, and provided services to 1,086 new contacts 
• Provided 488 patients with education programs 
• Hosted 107 support-group sessions for patients and families 
• Hosted 20 informational sessions for healthcare professionals 
• Provided information and resources to more than 300 school personnel through the Trish Greene Back To School Program, which educates healthcare professionals, parents, patients and school personnel about the successful school re-entry of child cancer survivors 
• Created 77 “connections” through the First Connection program, a peer-support program that brings together survivors with newly diagnosed patients 
• Held the first annual Blood Cancer Symposium, which brought together almost 200 patients and caregivers for a day of education on blood cancers and related topics

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