Known for its winter sports and soccer, Austria appears to be fast learners on the gridiron as well.
The small country of roughly 8.47 million in Central Europe will find out just how fast and how far it has come in the American version of football today, the day of our country's independence.
Austria takes on the U.S. 8 p.m. today at Burger Stadium in Austin Texas in a IFAF Under-19 World Championship semifinal game. The winner will take on the 5 p.m. contest between Japan and Canada Saturday for the championship. All games will be stream live on USA Football’s YouTube channel and archived for future viewing at www.YouTube.com/usafootballeducation.
Team USA will be will be dealing with a team that opened with a 40-0 win over Panama.
Austria quarterback Adrian Platzgummer and Christoph Gubish were utterly efficient, combining to go 10 of 13 for 230 yards and four touchdowns. Andreas Hofbauer and Platzgummer combined for 104 yards rushing and the Austria defense forced four turnovers.
Team USA opened with a 27-6 win over American Samoa as quarterback Brayden Scott was 13-for-20 for 196 yards and a touchdown. That was hauled in by Demarcus Ayers, who had seven catches for 115 yards.
Jesus Wilson returned the opening kickoff for a 75-yard touchdown and Tarean Folston had 70 total yards. Reggie Chevis led a defense with seven tackles and a fumble recovery. NOTES: Cameron Birse
, an incoming senior at San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.)
was added to the USA roster to help out at quarterback. Birse (6-2, 205) is an interesting story because he took few snaps last year behind Zach Kline, considered one of the nation's best who earned a full ride to Cal. ... Birse threw for 3,782 yards, 43 touchdowns and just three interceptions while leading San Ramon Valley to a 15-2 record at the freshman and JV levels. ... In consolation play on Tuesday, France defeated Sweden 41-0 and American Samoa shut out Panama 51-0. ... There has been nothing but blowouts in the first six games of the tournament as the winners have outscored the losers 234-12. ... American Samoa outgained Panama 606-8 led by Bruce Scanlan with six carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns.Here are scores and schedules of games (all times CT): Saturday, June 30Austria 41, Panama 0Japan 27, France 6Canada 43, Sweden 0United States 27, American Samoa
6Tuesday, July 3France 41, Sweden 0American Samoa 51, Panama 0Wednesday, July 4Japan vs. Canada, 5 p.m.Austria vs. USA, 8 p.m.Friday, July 6Sweden vs. Panama, 5 p.m.France vs. American Samoa, 8 p.m.Saturday, July 7Bronze medal game, 5 p.m.Gold medal game, 8 p.m.USA ROSTERDarrius SimsWhitehaven (Memphis, Tenn.)Height/Weight: 5-10, 170Position: DBCollege: VanderbiltJesus WilsonColumbus (Miami)Height/Weight: 5-10, 170Position: WRCollege: Florida StateCameron WalkerLoyola (Los Angeles)Height/Weight: 5-10, 180Position: DBCollege: UncommittedCameron BirseSan Ramon Valley
Height/Weight: 6-2, 205
College: N/ATyler WillisIndianapolis CathedralHeight/Weight: 5-11, 190Position: DBCollege: N/ARashad KinlawAbsegami (Galloway, N.J.)Height/Weight: 6-2, 180Position: WRCollege: Notre DameDajuan DrennonTimber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.)Height/Weight: 6-3, 230Position: DECollege: UncommittedRodney AdamsLakewood (St. Petersburg, Fla.)Height/Weight: 6-1, 170Position: WRCollege: FloridaDesmond WyattRound Rock Westwood (Austin, Texas)Height/Weight: 5-11, 170Position: WRCollege: N/ADashon HuntWestlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)Height/Weight: 5-10, 175Position: DBCollege: UncommittedTarean FolstonCocoa (Fla.)Height/Weight: 5-9, 185Position: RBCollege: UncommittedBrayden ScottSequoyah (Tahlequah, Okla.)Height/Weight: 6-3, 200Position: QBCollege: MemphisTavares GarnerManvel (Texas)Height/Weight: 5-11, 165Position: CBCollege: Texas A&MReggie ChevisSharpstown (Houston)Height/Weight: 6-2, 238Position: LBCollege: Texas A&MTrent HosickStaley (Kansas City, Mo.)Height/Weight: 6-2, 223Position: QBCollege: MissouriDemarcus AyersLancaster (Texas)Height/Weight: 5-10, 165Position: WRCollege: Washington St.Malique BelfortTottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.)Height/Weight: 6-4, 175Position: WRCollege: UncommittedIsaac McDonaldChampagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.)Height/Weight: 6-5, 300Position: LBCollege: UncommittedSammy DouglasArlington (Texas)Height/Weight: 6-2, 180Position: LBCollege: TCULorenzo WoodleyColumbus (Miami)Height/Weight: 6-0, 300Position: RBCollege: UncommittedKight DallasArabia Mountain (Lithonia, Ga.)Height/Weight: 6-2, 220Position: DE/LBCollege: South CarolinaChase AbbingtonFort Zumwalt South (St. Peters, Mo.)Height/Weight: 6-4, 300Position: LBCollege: MissouriDarius MoselyO'Fallon (Ill.)Height/Weight: 5-11, 175Position: DBCollege: IllinoisConor HundleySt. Xavier (Cincinnati)Height/Weight: 5-9, 185Position: RBCollege: AkronKhari HardingEdmond Santa Fe (Okla.)Height/Weight: 6-1, 205Position: LBCollege: ArkansasMalik RuckerRobbinsdale Cooper (New Hope, Minn.)Height/Weight: 6-0, 175Position: DBCollege: IowaEric BeiselRockwood Summit (Fenton, Mo.)Height/Weight: 6-4, 235Position: LBCollege: UncommittedCameron Van WinkleMount Si (Snoqualmie, Wash.)Height/Weight: 5-11, 165Position: K/PCollege: WashingtonReggie SpearmanSimeon (Chicago)Height/Weight: 6-2, 300Position: LBCollege: UncommittedDaeshon HallLancaster (Texas)Height/Weight: 6-6, 235Position: DECollege: TexasJustin Bridges-ThompsonSpartanburg (S.C.)Height/Weight: 6-2, 200Position: LBCollege: UncommittedLance DuranWestlake (Austin, Texas)Height/Weight: 6-0, 215Position: LBCollege: Blinn CollegeDakota JacksonNorthside (Roanoke, Va.)Height/Weight: 6-3, 250Position: TECollege: Virginia TechCory JasudowichCheshire Academy (Conn.)Height/Weight: 6-2, 235Position: LBCollege: Boston CollegeBobby BillingsleyMemphis East (Tenn.)Height/Weight: 6-2, 273Position: OLCollege: UncommittedAlec AbelnSt. Louis UniversityHeight/Weight: 6-4, 275Position: OLCollege: MissouriPhillip ClayPlainfield (Ind.)Height/Weight: 6-3, 275Position: OLCollege: UncommittedHunter BivinApollo (Owensboro, Ky.)Height/Weight: 6-7, 288Position: OLCollege: Notre DameLogan Tuley-TillmanManual (Peoria, Ill.)Height/Weight: 6-7, 321Position: OLCollege: MichiganTyler ColbertSouthwest (Fort Worth, Texas)Height/Weight: 6-2, 315Position: DTCollege: UncommittedEthan PocicLemont (Ill.)Height/Weight: 6-7, 285Position: OLCollege: LSULogan StottPine View (St. George, Utah)Height/Weight: 6-3, 300Position: OLCollege: ArizonaZiad DamanhouryLa Jolla Country Day (Calif.)Height/Weight: 6-7, 290Position: DTCollege: UncommittedDurham SmytheBelton (Texas)Height/Weight: 6-6, 230Position: TECollege: TexasJacob HydeClay County (Manchester, Ky.)Height/Weight: 6-2, 338Position: DTCollege: KentuckyHerbert MooreMemphis East (Tenn.)Height/Weight: 6-1, 335Position: DTCollege: Ole MisCorrespondent Chris Brown contributed to this report. E-mail Mitch Stephens firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MitchMashMax.