KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait--Western New England University's Isaiah Berrios helped Team USA capture its first gold medal in five years this week at the 2014 International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship after the Americans used a second-half surge to defeat Canada, 40-17, here at Al-Nasr Stadium.
Other results include Mexico edging Austria, 31-30, in the bronze medal game; Japan routed France, 30-7, for fifth place; and Germany blanked Kuwait, 76-0, for seventh.
Team USA outgained the Canadians, 460-292, in the game and enjoyed a 198-31 advantage in rushing offense. Canada led 14-12 at halftime, but USA scored on four consecutive possessions in the third and fourth quarters to rally for their second gold medal in three trips to the IFAF Championship. The U.S. also won gold in 2009 but fell to Canada in the 2012 tournament.
The championship win punctuates Team USA's 3-0 record to lead the Group B standings, outscoring opponents 146 to 14 during pool play. Canada had the best scoring offense and defense in the tournament before its meeting with Team USA.
Berrios is a sophomore-to-be defensive back from Plattekill, N.Y. (Wallkill High School) for the 2014 edition of the Golden Bears. He led the eight-nation tournament with three pass breakups and contributed three solo tackles and a fumble recovery.
The next IFAF Under-19 World Championship is scheduled for 2016 at a site to be determined.