AFW USA ELITE Defeats Paris Flash in La Courneuve
PARIS, FRANCE – A select group of US high school seniors from eighteen different states organized by American Football Worldwide traveled to France and defeated their country’s defending U19 national championship team 49-0 on Saturday, March 29th in La Courneuve, France a suburb of Paris. Eight different players registered points for the AFW USA ELITE squad.
After being stopped on their first offensive drive, AFW USA ELITE’s defense jump-started the scoring. Linebacker Tucker Van Dyke (Seneca Valley HS, Harmony PA) leveled the Flash quarterback causing an errant throw that was picked off by Ryan Sondles (Carmel HS, Carmel IN) who then scampered 22 yards for a touchdown springing the USA squad to a 6-0 lead.
After the Flash was held to a three and out, a short punt gave AFW USA ELITE favorable field position. Logan Hutson (Center Grove HS, Greenwood IN) ripped off two double-digit gains and a play later Jared Dillingham (D.W. Daniel HS, Central SC) scampered 15 yards for the offense’s first score forging the US team to a 12-0 lead.
The AFW USA ELITE defense turned back the Flash offensive attack with another three and out as the front of Jack Schroeder (St. Edwards HS, Rocky River OH), Nick Bucciarelli (McQuaid Jesuit HS, Rochester NY), Vic Roe (Carmel HS, Carmel IN) and Jared Wright (Skyline HS, Sammamish WA) dominated the line of scrimmage.
On their next offensive possession on third and six, Zak Bennett (Skyline HS, Idaho Falls ID) found Geno Quaid (Lake Forest HS, Lake Forest IL) down the middle seam for a 50-yard scoring strike. Logan Lambert (Tuscola HS, Waynesville, NC) added the extra point to increase the lead to 19-0.
An eighteen-yard punt return and later a first down reception by Aaron Vargas (Edison HS, Huntington Beach, CA) put the ball on the Paris Flash five yard-line early in the second quarter. Two plays later Logan Hutson found pay dirt making the score 26-0 after the kick conversion.
On the Flash’s next possession Michael Gilson (Little Chute HS, Seymour WI) broke through creating a big tackle for loss. A few plays later the Flash choose to go for it on 4th down and Jordan Casses (Indiana Area HS, Indiana PA) was up to the task with the pass break-up returning possession to AFW USA ELITE.
Subsequently, Jared Dillingham powered for a red zone 4th down pick-up and a few plays later Zak Bennett threw his second touchdown finding Aaron Vargas just inside the end line from eight-yards out. Another Logan Lambert extra-point made the score 33-0 as the first half came to a close.
In the second half, AFW’S ELITE defense continued their domination. After forcing another punt without yielding a first down, Logan Hutson contributed two first down runs. Moments later Lorenzo James (Sparkman HS, Ardmore AL) impressed the crowd with his elusive 23-yard touchdown scamper.
After the subsequent kick-off a huge sack by Jesse Adams (Stoughton HS, Stoughton WI) pinned the Flash inside their five yard-line. Following a punt, the USA team had a short field with which to work. Lorenzo James contributed another big run to inside the five-yard line. Lorenzo Warren (Many HS, Many LA) then worked his way into the flat for a four-yard touchdown reception, the final of three touchdown tosses by Zak Bennett.
On the next offensive possession, Logan Lambert kicked a career long 46-yard field goal to conclude the AFW USA ELITE scoring at 49-0.
Combining the defensive personnel mentioned above, the team speed of Tristan Allen (James Island Charter, SC). Nick Johnson (Niles West HS, IL), Mitch Davis (Carmel HS, IN), Dan Fabiniak (Lassiter HS, GA), Brady McDowell (Azle HS, Azle TX), Zach Bailey (JF Webb HS, Bullock NC) and Leif Nedweski (Tremper HS, Kenosha WI), left it such that the Paris Flash could not move the football.
On offense, the line of Ben Hartman (Del Rio HS, TX), Montana Fuller (Garden City HS, KS), James Palmeri (St. Peter Preparatory, NJ), Dale Russ (Northside HS, NC), Errind Blanco (Rock Island HS, IL), Ebraham Salem (Fort Zumwalt West, O’Fallen MO) Tyler Sturgill (Tates Creek HS, Lexington KY) and fullback Anthony Joliat (Notre Dame Prep, Waterford MI) controlled the LOS. Ben Lawrence (North HS, Eau Claire WI) at tight end contributed with his blocking and a big 30-yard reception as well.
Daniel Praet ((Notre Dame Prep, Washington MI) who injured his knee earlier in the week during practice took the final snap. Daniel along with Zak Bennett, Geno Quaid and Jared Dillingham served as honorary captains for the coin toss.
After the game the Flash football club of Paris, celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary, provided food and drink for the players of both teams. USA players gave gifts from their high schools or nearby colleges to various French players. Some social time provided an opportunity for competitors to exchange information to continue international friendships forged through American football.
The international friendly competition came at the end of a week of educational touring for 34 student-athletes and over two dozen family members. Tour highlights included visiting various sites in Paris, Versailles, Normandy and the historical sites associated with D-Day as well. While in Normandy, AFW USA ELITE co-practiced with over 50 young men who are playing American football in that province.
AFW USA ELITE v PARIS FLASH
Saturday, March 29th ; Kick-off 6PM
La Courneuve, France Sunny, 59 degrees
AFW USA ELITE – Ryan Sondles (Carmel HS, Carmel IN) 22-yard interception return 6-0
AFW USA ELITE – Jared Dillingham 15-yard run (D.W. Daniel HS, Central SC) 12-0
AFW USA ELITE – Geno Quaid (Lake Forest HS, Lake Forest IL) 50-yard reception from Zak Bennett (Skyline HS, Idaho Falls ID) Logan Lambert kick conversion 19-0
AFW USA ELITE – Logan Hutson (Center Grove HS, Greenwood IN) 3-yard run; Logan Lambert conversion kick 26-0
AFW USA ELITE – Aaron Vargas (Edison HS, Huntington Beach CA) 8-yard reception from Zak Bennett (Skyline HS, Idaho Falls ID) Logan Lambert kick conversion 33-0
AFW USA ELITE – Lorenzo James (Sparkman HS, Ardmore AL) 23-yard run Logan Lambert kick conversion 40-0
AFW USA ELITE – Lorenzo Warren (Many HS, Many LA) 4-yard reception from Zak Bennett (Skyline HS, Idaho Falls ID) 46-0
AFW USA ELITE – Logan Lambert (Tuscola HS, Waynesville, NC) 46-yard FG 49-0
AFW USA ELITE (HIGH SCHOOL SELECT TEAMS) GAME HISTORY
2013 – Paris, France: AFW USA ELITE 19 France U19 National Team 0