High School Football

Nooksack, Meridian alumnus among defensive stalwarts in Team USA win

Adam Mydland
Adam Mydland

Former Nooksack Valley and Meridian football player Adam Mydland was an integral part of a dominating defensive performance that helped the U.S. Under-19 National Team to a 65-14 first-round win over Austria Thursday, June 30, at the 2016 International Federation of American Football World Championship in Harbin, China.

Individual defensive statistics were not available, but Mydland, a defensive lineman who completed his freshman year playing for College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., was one of four defensive play makers listed in a release that helped Team USA block two field goals, tally four sacks, force four turnovers and score two defensive touchdowns.

The Americans held Austria to 73 yards of total offense, including minus-100 rushing yards on 20 attempts, and allowed only one third-down conversion in nine attempts, as Team USA scored the final 51 points of the game.

The Americans have three games remaining in China. Their next game will be Sunday, with the time and opponent to be determined. All World Championship games, including a replay of Thursday’s win, can be streamed at livestream.com/bixelst.