It may not be the Olympics, but it is a gold medal game. On Saturday, July 7, Cherokee quarterback Brayden Scott will lead Team USA against Canada in the title match of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under-19 World Championship, in Austin, Texas.
The IFAF Under-19 World Championship brings together eight national teams of high school-age players spanning five continents in a celebration of the sport through exciting competition and cultural exchange.
Scott, a junior from Sequoyah High School in Talhequah, Oklahoma, has been a breakout star in the IFAF tournament. In the U.S.’s opening game against American Samoa on June 30, a 27-6 win, Scott completed 13 of 20 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score. On the team’s final scoring drive in the fourth quarter, which put the game away, Scott was 4-5 passing for 81 yards. “It felt really good to be out there. It’s kind of funny playing a game in the summer but representing my country is something I’d do if it was 100,000 degrees,” Scott said. “I love representing my country and wearing USA across my chest.”
Scott earned game MVP honors on the Fourth of July, when he led a 70-7 rout of Austria. Before leaving in the third quarter with the game comfortably in hand, Scott was 10 of 17 passing for 129 yards and three touchdowns. He again rushed for another TD. The win secured a place in the gold medal game for Team USA. “Austria was a very good opponent,” he said. “Give them the respect they deserve. They came out with more intensity than we did. Once we got clicking and knew that they came to play, too, we came out and did our duty and did well.
“We want that gold medal, and we know we won’t get it if we don’t win.”
Team USA, behind Scott, will get their chance for the gold medal win versus a good Canadian squad. Team Canada rolled over Sweden 43-0 in their opener, then held off a surprisingly spirited Japanese team 33-24 to reach the championship. Scott’s skilled and ready to go.
“I can scramble around,” Scott, 6 foot 2 inches and 195 pounds, said. “I can make plays with my arm and legs. I bring a lot to the table, but it’s not all about me. It’s about the team and what we can do as a team.” This American Indian is a born leader of men.
For more information on the game, visit u19championship.com.