SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - Team BC running back Mason Swift caught two touchdowns for passes to lead British Columbia to a 49-14 over Europe to open the FBU International Games on Thursday at Heroes Stadium.
Team BC also got touchdowns from WR Marcus Davis (pass catch), RB Liam Mahara (run), O’Brien (QB keep), WR Brayden Lenius (pass catch) and Mark Lego (run) to round out the scoring.
"I was confident after probably five minutes into the first quarter that we were going to win this game," said Team BC head coach Tom Kudaba. "We went into this game blind so I didn't know what to expect so when I watched them on their defensive series for the first five minutes I said 'we're going to score on every possession.'"
Team BC scored on seven of 12 total drives in the contest.
"We had all the weapons," said running back Mason Swift. "I think we came together as a team to put together what we had and put up a good fight."
The game started off inauspiciously for Team BC as they surrendered a touchdown on Europe’s very first play out of scrimmage but from that point out their defense was solid holding Europe completely off the board.
"It was a little bit shocking," said defensive back Kevin Wiens about being scored against so early. "It was a wake-up call for us. We used it as motivation, I guess. We couldn't let that keep happening. Our defence ended up being pretty stellar so that's good."
Europe’s only other score came on a punt return for a touchdown.
Team BC scored on each of its first three drives to erase the early deficit. Team BC led 28-14 at half-time and tallied 21 unanswered points in the second half.
Team BC will play their second-and-final game at the FBU International Games against the USA on Saturday, January 5 at the Alamodome.
Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 7:15 pm CST/5:15 pm PST. The game can be seen live online at FBUtelevision.com.
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE AMERICANS
Team BC has one final practice on Friday at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex before Saturday's final contest against the USA but the players and coaches were already looking ahead to that big tilt after defeating Team Europe.
As expected, everybody anticipates a much more difficult test in the Americans compared to what they faced against Europe on Thursday.
"We expect a tougher defense," said Swift of the Americans. "They've been playing football a little longer. They've been bred a little more as football players so it's definitely going to be tougher. We're going to have to play hard and play our best football."
The natural rivalry between Canadians and Americans in sports will also be a motivating factor for many on Team BC.
"It's huge," said Wiens of playing USA. "I don't think I've ever been this excited."
"To play in the Alamodome and all the experience of San Antonio, Texas, especially, I'm so excited."
Saturday's game won't be a cakewalk for Team BC as Thursday's outing turned out to be but the team is still confident in their ability to give the Americans a good fight.
"As long as we play our game we should be good," said Wiens. "We're going to have to execute really well if we want to stay in the game and win but I think we've got a shot."
Saturday’s contest will be the first-and-only game for USA as part of the FBU International Games.
Notes: DL Nico Repole did not play due to injury. DB Kevin Wiens celebrated his 18th birthday on Thursday.