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Whatcom County’s Mydland ends Japanese hopes in IFAF semifinal

Team USA defensive lineman Adam Mydland listens with his teammates after the Americans beat Japan 50-20 on Thursday, July 7, in the semifinals of the 2016 International Federation of American Football World Championship in Harbin, China.
Team USA defensive lineman Adam Mydland listens with his teammates after the Americans beat Japan 50-20 on Thursday, July 7, in the semifinals of the 2016 International Federation of American Football World Championship in Harbin, China. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Japan simply had no answer for the rush put on by Adam Mydland, especially when he stood up, as the former Nooksack Valley and Meridian football player helped the U.S. Under-19 National Team to a 50-20 semifinal victory on Thursday, July 7, at the 2016 International Federation of American Football World Championship in Harbin, China.

Mydland, who started at defensive end but split time at the position under the midday heat, put pressure on Japanese quarterbacks seven times, recording a sack late in the third quarter.

That sack couldn’t have come at a bigger point of the game, as the Americans held a 23-12 lead with Japan threatening from inside the U.S. red zone. Mydland managed to strip the ball on the play, and teammate Ryan Coleman recovered and returned the fumble 94 yards for a game-clinching touchdown.

Mydland, who completed his freshman season at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, recorded two tackles in the game – both of which were for a loss – and assisted on two others.

The Americans, who are looking for a repeat title in the tournament, move on to the gold medal game and will face Canada at 5 p.m. (2 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time) Sunday, July 10. Canada beat Mexico 28-21 in the other semifinal but lost 32-14 to the United States in a qualifying game Sunday, July 3.

The game will be available for live streaming and replay at livestream.com/bixelst.

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