Michigan State incoming freshmen Chris Norman of Detroit Renaissance and Micajah Reynolds of Lansing Sexton team up to help lead USA to 41-3 rout in big upset over heavily favored Canada.
Norman started at the linebacker position for the USA and recorded two solo tackles for a USA defense that was barely tested in the game. Reynolds played both guard positions for the United States and helped protect Baylor signee Bryce Petty who completed all fourteen of his attempts for 190 yards and three touchdowns to compile a 284 passer rating.
His backup Arkansas State signee Phillip Butterfield didn't fare to badly either, going 11-of-18 for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Norman helped set the tone stating before the game that “The most-physical team will win the game.”
“So we’re going to smack Team Canada right in the mouth to start the game, and we’re going to have to withstand its counterpunches. Team Canada came into this tournament as the No. 1 seed, so we have to take care of business on Sunday. Nobody is going to hand us the championship; we’re going to have to go out there and earn it with a four-quarter effort.
It turned out that the 15-3 first quarter lead stood up and a 38-yard field goal would be all the points Canada would muster against the potent USA defense.
Reynolds was also happy with what he learned from the experience.
“Things were really awkward when the players first reported for training camp,” Reynolds said. “Guys were walking around the airport and our training facility (at Walsh University) wearing all different college hoodies.
It’s amazing how we’ve really grown together as a team. The competition for playing time has been intense in practice, but that competition has brought out the best in each of us. Egos have been set aside for the good of the team. This experience is something that I’ll remember forever.”
Both Reynold and Norman are expected to have a chance to join the playing group this fall for Michigan State.