SILVER SPRING – Eight times this season, Football North has traveled an international border to play the American game.
On Friday night, the team from Mississauga, Ontario made the trip to the United States one last time, shutting out Avalon on senior night 36-0 at Martin Luther King Recreation Park.
Football North quarterback Clarke McCallum threw for two touchdowns and running backs Mekhi Hyman and Malcolm Miller each rushed in a touchdown apiece.
“I think we came out first half with the right mindset and the right scheme to be successful,” said Avalon Head Coach Tyree Spinner.
The game started slow with Football North carrying a 3-0 lead into halftime.
While Avalon quarterback Todd Simmons connected with wide receivers Mason Standard and Kristan Curry early in the game, the Black Knights’ offense stalled as penalties killed their first two drives of the game.
“We just started waking up, we just started playing the way we were supposed to play,” said Football North Head Coach Larry Jusdanis.
After kicking a field goal right before halftime, Canada North regained momentum when Tyrell Richards recovered a fumbled kickoff and ran back in for a touchdown.
The Canadian team would never look back, scoring four touchdowns on long gains.
“We kind of unraveled there. We had to get out of our normal scheme of running and we had to start passing, which is not our greatest strength, so they just made us get out of character and they were the better team today,” Spinner said.
Perhaps the play of the game, Football North wide receiver Quincey Belanger beat his and the safety over the top, catching a 58-yard touchdown pass from McCallum.
That put Football North ahead by 22 points and effectively iced the game.