ECJ2000: Finland finds top form

Category: - published 2000-07-30 by EFAF

Finland made an impressive entry into the Wilson 2000 European Junior Championships with a 31-point shutout of Great Britain, who suffered their second straight loss of the tournament.

Great Britain started more promisingly than in their opening loss to Germany, but were again beaten on the ground early on where Finnish running back Risto Nassi found the end zone from five yards out, but the extra point sailed wide.

Great Britain moved the ball through running back Brett Rosenbaum, but when they went to the air quarterback Luke Smith was twice intercepted, the second returned 41 yards for a touchdown by Finland defensive back Tom Casey. Defensive lineman Mark Taylor blocked the extra point, leaving Finland with a 12-0 lead.

Wide receiver, Henri Myohanen pulled in a 27-yard catch for the third Finnish touchdown and Arto Simila added the extra point for a 19-0 advantage. Myohanen was again the target of quarterback Amtti Hurme with a four-yard touchdown reception as time ran out in the first half.

Great Britain blocked the extra point and linebacker Russell Goodall returned the ball the length of the field for what the Lions thought was two points in their favor until the officials ruled the ball had crossed the line of scrimmage and could not be advanced.

Following a scoreless third quarter that saw backup quarterback Matt McCusker at the helm in relief of Smith, the Scot threw an interception that Antti Penttinen returned 40 yards for a touchdown and the game's last points as a two-point conversion failed.

Finnish rusher Nassi ended the day with 74 yards on the ground, while Rosenbaum collected 70 for Great Britain. There were sacks for Mikko Hanski and Pertti Lautala of Finland and Great Britain's Chris Burton, who also had 6 tackles. Scottish Claymores development squad player Andrew MacIntosh posted a game-high 7 tackles.

Article by : Micheal Preston

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