High School Football

Nooksack, Meridian alum turns up the pressure in Team USA win

Former Nooksack Valley and Meridian football player Adam Mydland forced an errant fourth-quarter throw that resulted in a game-clinching pick-six, as the U.S. Under-19 National Team beat Canada 32-14 on Sunday at the 2016 International Federation of American Football World Championship in Harbin, China.

Mydland, who completed his freshman year playing for College of the Siskiyous in Weed, and was coming off a strong performance in Team USA’s first game, started at left defensive end, recorded three quarterback pressures and was in on a tackle in the game.

He almost had a sack in the fourth quarter, as he had Canadian quarterback Dimitri Morand wrapped up, but Morand was able to get off a throw at the last second. The throw was behind his intended receiver, allowing Team USA cornerback Tre Bugg to intercept it and return it 12 yards for a touchdown.

“The guys up front got penetration, and the quarterback put the ball a little behind, and due to our game prep I was in position to make a play,” Bugg said of the play in a USA Football release about the game.

The win sends the defending champion Americans to the tournament semifinals, where they will play Japan at 2 a.m. (PDT) Thursday. The game will be streamed in Spanish at livestream.com/bixelst, where a replay of Team USA’s first two games also can be found. The winner Thursday will face either Canada or Mexico in the gold medal game on Sunday.