MVP’s Denmark Vs. Sweden

In a game with only 17 passes, a Swedish RB and Danish LB showed their worth for their teams.

Photo: Chris Palmgren / CP88

Jonathan Gustafsson 

Jonathan Gustafsson ended up being the deciding factor for the Swedish victory. The Swedish back did what was necessary to win the game, by pounding the ball down the middle of the Danish defense. With a longest run of 17 yards, Gustafsson still had 135 yards with an average of 4.1 yards – despite getting several negative runs by falling on bad snaps in the rainy Danish weather.

Gustafsson who had most of his carries directly from center also had the final score that more or less ended the game by making it a two score game.

Swedish MVP:.Jonathan Gustafsson

Club: Karlskoga Wolves

Size: 169 cm, 77 kg

Position: RB

Game stats: 33 carries, 135 yards, TD


David Tawake Christoffersen

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The Danish defense had built a game plan to stop the many playmakers in the Swedish backfield. They lined up with 3 and 5 defensive linemen depending on the Swedish formation. Off the ball the Danish defense used linebacker David Tawake Christoffersen to clean up and make sure, the Swedish backs did not get any big gaines. All through the game the young LB showed his worth ending up with 9 solo tackles and 16 total tackles.

Danish MVP: David Tawake Christoffersen

Club: Søllerød Gold Diggers

Size: 187 cm, 88 kg

Position: LB

Game stats: 16 tackles, 9 solo

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Sweden wins EC gold in rainy slugfest

Sweden takes the EC gold medal in a game heavily influenced by the rain.

Photos: Chris Palmgren / CP88

The game started off like thunder for the Swedish team, scoring on their first two drives. First on a 43 yard score by RB Carl Göransson and next on a pass from QB Cox Jr. to Axel Ripa. With both PAT attempts unsuccessful for Sweden, the score was 12-0. The Swedish offense and defense seemed like a mouthful for the Danes; but football is played in three units.

On the kickoff after the 2nd Swedish score, the Danish runningback and kickreturner, Lasse Engel took the short kick all the way to the end zone for the first Danish score. 12-7.

This would not be the last time the Danish special teams unit would excel. Already on the next Swedish drive Joakim Juul Ladefoged, the long armed defensive lineman form team Denmark, got his hand on the punt, and with defensive back Alexander Mylsted falling on the ball, the unit gave the Danish offense good field position on the next drive.

Three plays and a Touchdown Pass from Hagen Jakobsen to Kaplan later, the lead had changed. 12-14 Team Denmark.

Then came the rain.  

The next score would be a 43 yard rush by Michael Cox jr. with 8 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter giving team Sweden the lead going in to the half.  

Half Time would be used by the coaching staff on the two teams to make the right tweaks to handle the weather. Something the Swedes figured out better than the Danish team did. The Swedes showed up to the tournament with a heavy formation, with two tight ends and four players in the offensive backfield, giving direct snaps to the QB. A strategy that seemed to work well for the Swedish offense in the pouring rain. Especially after putting in RB #25 Jonathan Gustafsson as the QB behind the big o-line they really started moving the ball. Gustafsson ended up rushing 33 times for 135 yards primarily from this formation. Gustafsson ended the game by running the ball for a touchdown in the beginning of the 4th quarter.

By winning the European Championship, team Sweden has secured a spot in next year’s World Championship.

Game MVPs

Sweden: RB Jonathan Gustafsson, 33 carries, 135 yards, TD

Denmark: LB David Tawake Christoffersen, 16 tackles, 9 solo

Scoring Summary

1st quarter

6-0 Touchdown #22 Carl Görranson (PAT no good)

12-0 Touchdown #39 Axel Ripa pass from #1 Michael Cox Jr. (PAT no good)

12-7 Touchdown #18 Lasse Engel Kickoff Return (PAT good)

12-14 Touchdown #7 Nicholas Kaplan pass form #6 Mads Hagen Jakobsen (PAT good)

2nd quarter

18-14 Touchdown #1 Michael Cox Jr. (Two-point conversion no good)

4th quarter

26-14 Touchdown #25 Jonathan Gustafsson (Two-point conversion good)

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Denmark and Sweden Fight for European Crown

The U19 European Championship will definitely go to Scandinavia, but who will be crowned as champions of Europe and book a ticket to the World Championship.

Photo: Riita Rinta- Tassi

As both teams won their respective game against Finland, Denmark and Sweden will play each other for the European on Friday. Denmark won 35-24 on Wednesday and Sweden, powered by quarterback Michael Cox Jr, who had 248 rushing yards, beat the Finns by 61-30 Thursday.

Finland had no means to stop Cox and the big question for this game will be, if Denmark can find some way to contain the talented and athletic quarterback, while not lose focus on coverage downfield, because he also has a strong and – especially after European standards – a very precise arm.

Swedish size and strength

To protect him, the Swedes have a strong and heavy offensive line, with five guys who are almost 2 meters high and have combined weight of more than 600 kilos. Adding to this heavy offence is the two big Tight Ends Axel Ripa and Robin Jutwreten, who the Swedes often use together in a jumbo-package.

Last time the two teams met was at the Nordic Championship in 2016 where Sweden won a 48-13 victory, build on a run-heavy game plan, where the Swedish quarterback only attempted four passes all game. One of the stars of that game was running back Vilinthon Tengroth, who was sidelined for most of the game against Finland.

If he is ready for tomorrow he will give the Swedish offence an extra dimension and the Danish defenders even more to worry about.

Speed is the key for Denmark

If Denmark shall keep Sweden out of the endzone, finding a way to contain Cox Jr. is important, but to win the game they have to score themselves. And while the Swedes might look bigger and stronger, they lack in speed.

During the game against Finland, the Swedish defense struggled at times to keep pace with the Finnish up-tempo offence, and Denmark has to exploit that weakness.

“On defence we obviously had some problems that we need to correct before tomorrow, because the Danish team will bring some extra speed to the game. They’re quick and agile,” Swedish head coach Andreas Ehrenreich said after the game against Finland.

On the Danish team the Swedes will have to look out for running back #1 Emil Neumann-Pedersen, who ran for more than 150 yards against Finland and wide receivers #82 Thomas Ashworth and #7 Nicholas Kaplan.

The game kicks off at 18.00 at Gentofte Stadium, Ved Stadion 10, 2820 Gentofte. 

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Dynamic quarterback led Sweden to big win

Quarterback Michael Cox Jr shined in Sweden’s 61-30 win over Finland.

Photo: Chris Palmgren

Finland got off to the best start, but came up short in the U19 European Championship in a high-scoring game against Sweden. The two teams ran and passed for 13 touchdowns and 91 points combined.

Finland put in a lot of skill and effort, but had nothing that could stop Swedish quarterback #1 Michael Cox Jr who at times looked like a grown-up playing with children. The Finnish defense had absolutely no chance to stop him, when he scrambled.

The Swedish quarterback was voted Man of the Day after a performance that included five touchdowns, more than 350 yards of total offense – in no more than two quarters.

Finland found the endzone on the first drive of the game, when quarterback #8 Viljami Rautavirta found #2 Waltteri Kinnunen for a touchdown, but Sweden answered right back on their first possession. And then the Michael Cox Jr-show started.

The college-bound Swedish-Jamaican rushed for five touchdowns, three from more than 50 yards and added another one through the air, when he found receiver #84 Johannes Lindéus for 78 yards.

Finlands offense moved the ball well and got in the endzone one more time before the halftime break, with the scoreboard showing 33-16 to Sweden.

Sweden got another touchdown in the beginning of the third quarter and 24 points ahead, Cox was put to rest and replaced in the middle of the third quarter by the backup-quarterback and Sweden rotated their players.

Both teams continued to put points on the board, but the Swedish lead was never in danger. Finland finished the tournament with two defeats, while Sweden will square off against Denmark for the European title on Friday.

Game MVPs
After the game the two quarterbacks where chosen as game MVPs.

Sweden: Quarterback #1 Michael Cox Jr. Despite playing only two quarters of football, he scored five touchdowns, rushed for 248 yards on 8 attempts and completed 3 passes for 132 yards.

Finland: Quarterback #8 Viljami Rautavirta. The Finnish player combined for more than 300 yards of total offence and four touchdowns. He finished the game with a passer rating on 118,8.

Who the European Champions will be is decided tomorrow, when Sweden meets Denmark. The game is played at Gentofte Stadion and kicks-off at 18.00.

Scoring summary: Sweden – Finland

1st quarter
0-7 Touchdown, Waltteri Kinnunen 11 yard pass from Viljami Rautavirko (PAT good)
7-7 Touchdown, Villy Tengroth, 24 yards run (PAT Good)
7-14 Touchdown, Michael Cox Jr, 72 yards run (PAT Good)
10-14 Field goal, Otto Laakonen, 24 yards
10-20 Touchdown, Johannes Lindéus 78 yard pass from Michael Cox Jr (PAT No good)

2nd quarter
16-20 Touchdown, Samu Ojanen 14 yard pass from Viljami Rautavirko (PAT good)
16-26 Touchdown, Michael Cox Jr. 71 yard run (PAT good)
16-33 Touchdown, Michael Cox Jr. 2 yard run (PAT good)

3rd quarter
16-40 Touchdown, Michael Cox Jr. 58 yard (PAT good)
22-40 Touchdown, Viljami Rautavirko, 31 yards run (Two-point conversion no good)

4th quarter
22-47 Touchdown, Carl Göransson, 31 yards run (PAT good)
30-47 Touchdown, Markus Haapasaari  13 yard pass from Viljami Rautavirko (Two-point conversion good)
22-54 Touchdown, Gustav Skeppner, 50 yard kickoff return (PAT good)
22-61 Touchdown, Carl Göransson, 2 yard run (PAT good)

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Day 2: Finnish and Swedish MVP

The two starting QB’s showed why they deserved to be the MVP’s in this lopsided win by Sweden.

Photos: Chris Palmgren

Michael Cox Jr.

Leading up to the game, big things were expected for the Swedish quarterback, Michael Cox Jr. Cox Jr., whose football background was played in Miami, without a doubt lived up to the expectations. Even though he did not play much, it was because of his big plays early that the Swedes pulled away from team Finland. With his long strides and shifty moves, the Swedish star rushed for 248 yards on only 8 carries; with four of those carries ending up being scores. Cox Jr. also showed his deep ball accuracy as he had 132 yards on his 3 completions and several balls that should have been hauled in by his WR’s.

Swedish MVP: Michael Cox Jr.

Club: Southridge High School (US)

Size: 185 cm, 73 kg

Position: QB

Game stats: 3-7, 132 yards, TD, 8 carries, 248 yards, 4 TD’s

Viljami Rautavirta

Team Finland never seemed to believe that the game was lost, and at the front of the comeback attempt, one player especially stood out. QB Viljami Rautavirta did not back down and all through the game, the gunslinger kept drives alive using both his arm and his feet.

Rautavirta ended up with 4 total scores, 3 passing and 1 rushing.

Especially the young quarterback’s calmness and ability to avoid rushers, and keeping his eyes down field, finding several of his favorite targets, popped up through the game.

Finnish MVP: Viljami Rautavirta

Club: Helsinki Wolverines

Size: 180 cm, 80 kg

Position: QB

Game stats: 20-37, 191 yards, 3 TD’s, INT, 13 carries, 125 yards, TD

Team stats and player stats can be found here.

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Sweden Heavy Favored Against Strong Finns

Can Finland recover from their opening defeat and find a way to stop a Swedish team, that boost two of the most talented players ever to put on the yellow and blue jersey?

Finland lost their opening game in the U19 European Championship tournament against a strong Danish team, but the Finns have a big and strong team, and in the second half of the game against Denmark showed that they can put points on the board.

A year ago in Vantaan Finland won the Nordic Championship against Sweden, but going into Thursdays game Sweden are heavy favorites to win, not only are the team rested, but shortly before the tournament Sweden got a huge boost, when they added Swedish-Jamaican quarterback Michael Cox Jr to their roster.

Cox Jr. is born in Sweden, but grew up in Miami, where he is the starting quarterback on his High School team and has received interest from a number of the best schools in the country, like Florida State, West Virginia and Rutgers.

He is a so-called dual-treat quarterback, which means that he can both run the ball himself and pass it to his teammates. The Finns will have to step up and find a way to stop him, if they want to win.

You can watch his highlights from last season here.

But the Swedish offense has other weapons then Cox. Running back Villy Tengroth from Swedish club Tåby Flyers is almost certain to sign with an American Division I-college, and has already received an offer from University of Massachusetts.

“I’m getting a lot of interest from schools, but UMass is currently my favorite,” Tengroth said according to “So far I’m loving [UMass], and the idea of going there is even better.”

Swedens Head Coach Andreas Ehrenreich thinks Tengroth is the biggest Swedish talent on the position he has seen in his 25 years in football.

Big and strong

Apart from the two college-bound players, the Swedish Head Coach points to the size of his offensive players as something that will make a difference.

“We have five guys all around two meters, weighing a little over 100 kilos, and two tight ends that give us a sevenman-attack against Finland and Denmark’s four man-defense – both countries play 4-3 defense,” the head coach told earlier this month.

Look out for is the Örebro Black Knights duo Isaac Moore (1,98m, 135 kg) and Gustav Rydberg (1,96m, 120 kg) who were both nominated as rookies of the years in the Swedish Super Series.

The Swedes familiarity with each other can also be a strong asset. Many of the Swedish players know each other very well, as more than a dozen of the players attend the same High School, RIG (The National Sports High School) in Uppsala.

Finns focus on own game

Finland has to focus on their own game, head coach Tero Virtanen, said after his team’s loss to Denmark.

“When you lose, you need to clean up your game. It’s not about the opponent, it’s our own game I’m focusing on,” he said. “We don’t know much about Sweden, so we have to focus on ourselves.”

One of the positive things that the Finnish head coach could take with him from the game against Denmark, was strong defensive play from defensive back Mikko Behm, who has two interceptions and linebacker Teemu Hukkanen who had a combined 11 tackles in the game.

The game kicks off at 15.00 at Gentofte Stadium, Ved Stadion 10, 2820 Gentofte. 

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MVP’s Denmark and Finland

After a hard fought game with several key players from both teams making plays to keep the game close to the very end, the two MVPs of the game ended up being Emil Selschou Neumann-Pedersen, RB from team Denmark and Mikko Behm, DB from team Finland.

Emil Selschou Neumann-Pedersen – Denmark

Starting RB for Team Denmark, Emil Selschou Neumann-Pedersen, showed his importance for the Danish offense early and often. Already on the second drive the Danish, the 19 year-old runningback turned the right corner for a 65 yard gain to the Finnish 3 yard line. A gain leading the Danes to their first score. Several times during the game, the patient back showed his ability to carry the team on his back, averaging 6.9 yards per carry.

The Danish back ran for 164 of his total of 166 yards in the first half and did not see extended playing time during the second half. A decision probably made to keep the Danish playmaker fresh for the game against Sweden on Friday.

Danish MVP: Emil Selschou Neumann-Pedersen

Club: Søllerød Gold Diggers

Size: 181 cm, 73 kg

Position: RB

Game stats: 24 carries, 166 yards 1 TD

Mikko Behm – Finland

The Finnish defensive back Mikko Behm played a key role in keeping the Finnish close to Denmark all through the game with game changing plays on both the defensive side of the ball and on special teams. Twice the young Finnish player picked off Mads Hagen Jakobsen. The first interception came during the 1st quarter of play and happened at a crucial point right after a 50 yard run by the Danish team.

In the middle of the 4th quarter, Mikko Behm came away with the second interception of the night for the Finnish Lions. Behm undercut a crossing route and made the diving catch on the ball keeping his team in the game.

To end his impressive game he was also the player to come up with the ball after the second successful onside kick of the night.

Finnish MVP: Mikko Behm

Club: Pori Bears

Size: 187 cm, 90 kg

Position: DB

Game stats: 2 tackles, 2 INTs, onside recovery

Team stats and player stats can be found here.

Photographer: Chris Palmgren

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Denmark Defeated Finland in Opener

The U19 European Championship kicked off today when Denmark hosted Finland. And even though the final score was close, the home team was in good control of the game from start to finish.

Photo: Chris Palmgren

After the national anthems was sung and the coin toss was performed by former Indianapolis Colts player Björn Werner, Denmark started with the ball and on the first drive WR #82 Thomas Ashworth found the endzone on a short run.

Finland answered right back with a field goal, but the Danes enhanced their lead shortly after when quarterback #6 Mads Hagen Jakobsens scrambled for 44 yards.

On the next drive it was Finlands turn to get in the endzone. QB #8 Viljami Rautavirta found WR #82 Markus Haapasaari with a 21 yard pass.

In the second quarter Denmark scored twice. First RB #1 Mads Neumann-Pedersen who ran for eight yards and afterwards Mads Hagen Jakobsen found his receiver #7 Nicholas Kaplan in the corner of the endzone.

After a mostly uneventful third quarter, Denmark got another touchdown in the beginning of the fourth quarter when Mads Hagen Jakobsen found Thomas Ashworth, who scored his second touchdown and extended the Danish lead to 35-10.

The Finns tried to create a comeback late in the game and the “Blue Lions” found the endzone twice, but the Danish lead was too big.

Danes: We lost focus

After the game, the Danish Head Coach, Lars Carlsen, said he was pleased with his team’s effort, especially in the first half. But the Danes will have to play through all four quarters if they are to beat the Swedes.

“We played a really good first half, dominating the Finns, but we lost focus in the second,” he said on a press conference afterwards. “We still are a young team and have not played games on this level before, and against a really good team like Finland, you can’t take the eyes of the ball.”

He was happy with the win, but more important the second half was a good learning process for his team. “On this level you’ve to play the game to the end,” he said.

Finns: A two-sided game

Denmark was the best team in the first half but the Finns came back strong in the second, the Finnish Head Coach Tero Virtanen said after the game.

“We started slow and dug ourselves in a hole in the first half. Down 18 point we fought back. Fighting like we should’ve done in the first,” he said.

Game MVPs

Game MVP from Denmark: RB #1 Emil Neumann-Pedersen. The Danish running back showed speed, strength and agility and his 166 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown, was important for the Danish victory.

Honorable mentions to Danish RB/KR #18 Lasse Steemann Engel who ran for 93 yards on 12 carrieres and also contributed well on special teams.

Game MVP from Finland: DB #41 Mikko Behn had a strong performance with two interceptions.

The next game for Finland is tomorrow, Thursday at 15.00, when the play their archrivals from Sweden. Denmark has a resting day before they meet Sweden on Friday at 18.00.

Both games will be played on Gentofte Stadion. The winner of the U19 European Championship will book a ticket to the IFAF World Championship.

Scoring summary: Denmark 35 – Finland 24

1st quarter
7-0 Touchdown #82 Thomas Ashworth (PAT good)

7-3 Field goal, # 3 K Otto Laakonen, 36 yards

14-3 Touchdown #6 Mads Hagen Jakobsen, 45 yards run (PAT good)

14-10 Touchdown #82 20 yard pass from #8 (PAT good)

2nd quarter
21-10 Touchdown #1, run (PAT good)

28-10 Touchdown #7 Nicholas Kaplan pass from #1 Mads Hagen Jakobsen (PAT good)

4th quarter
35-10 Touchdown #82 Thomas Ashworth pass from  #6 Mads Hagen Jakobsen (PAT good)

35-16 Touchdown #36 Onni Soininen 8 yard pass from #6 Viljami Rautavirta (Two-point conversion no good)

35-24 Touchdown, Fumble recovered in the endzone by OL #50 Tony Koskinen ((Two-point conversion good)

  • Photo: Chris Palmgren
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Denmark seeks revenge against strong Finns

Denmark and Finland open the Under-19 European Championship, when the two teams meet at Gentofte Stadion on Wednesday.

Photo: Riitta Rinta-Tassi

Blue Lions missing strong profiles from 2016

The two head coaches must be very familiar with the opponent, as the two teams have run into each other at several occasions. Last time at the Nordic Championship in 2016, where the eventual winners of the tournament from Finland, won the game 56-14.

The Danish team will seek to revenge that humiliating defeat and keep the chance of booking a world championship-ticket alive.

And the blue lions from Finland will be without some of their big profiles from that game, including quarterback Oscar Drockila who has club duty with his Czech team Ostrava Steelers and running back Karri Pajarinen. So, it is “next man up” for the Finnish head coach.

“We are above all a team,” head coach Tero Virtanen tells  “We play two games virtually every day. That’s why it’s important for us to have 45 players in our hands, each of whom can put the ball in any situation.”

Talented linemen on both sides

The Finnish team will instead be led by quarterback Viljami Rautavuori from Helsinki Wolverines and on defense by the 1,87 meters and 140 kilos heavy defensive lineman Aleksi Olavuo also from Wolverines. Also standing out is the huge offensive lineman Mikko Rajala from Turku Trojans. The 18-year old is 1,92 tall and listed at 145 kilos.

On the other side, the Danish head coach Lars Carlsen, is also missing one of his most talented players. Middle linebacker Magnus Vöge, who is getting ready to play his senior year of high school football in Oklahoma.

The head coach must put his hopes that a talented offensive line spearheaded by Kasper Kaufmann Sørensen from AaB 89ers, can make space for running back Emil Neumann from Søllerød Gold Diggers. Wide Receiver Thomas Ashworth from Søllerød Gold Diggers will have to have a good game, if the hosts shall hope for a win.

The game kicks off at 12.00 at Gentofte Stadium, Ved Stadion 10, 2820 Gentofte. 

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U19 EC will bring hard fought battles on the gridiron

Photographer: Riitta Rinta-Tassi

Looking at the three teams in this years Under 19 European Championships fans have some exciting games to look forward to. Finland, Sweden and hosts Denmark all look to secure the bragging rights of winning the tournament against their rivals as well as booking a ticket to the Under 19 World Championships.

The ambition of the participants cannot be questioned, so besides hard fought battles on the gridiron, what can fans expect from the three games being played in Gentofte, Denmark?

Keep an eye on the trenches in all three games in these championships, because the offensive and defensive lines look very impressive. Line play can often dictate a game, and all three teams look to come out on top in the battle of the big boys.

‘Boys’ is perhaps not the greatest way to describe the powerhouses spearheading both the respective offenses and defenses as several players from all teams boast superior strength than the average human being, and mix that with the football knowledge and technical ability of the talented young men, we’re in for a treat.

Also, worth noting is the intelligence and experience on both the offensive but in particular the defensive side of the ball on all three teams. Being able to quickly diagnose a play before the snap and adjust to how the offensive play pans out is key to being a good defender, and mix the intelligence with the raw athletic ability on these teams, and you get the basis for spectacular plays on both sides of the ball.

Team Finland

The Finland Blue Lions won last year’s Nordic Championship, which featured the same three teams as this year’s European Championship, which puts a target on their backs, as Sweden and Denmark look for revenge. To keep the challengers at bay Finland relies on their offensive line to pave the way for good rushing yardage as well as a clean pocket and good time for the aerial attack.

Several players play with the seniors despite their young age, and experience is one of the elements that make this offense click. Keep an eye on the offensive line and the likes of Aleksi Olavuo, who won All-Star honors for Massachusetts Eastern Athletic Championship Conference – his high school division.

On the defensive side of the ball human wrecking ball Dennis Ilmelä played a key part of the Helsinki Roosters championship run last year, and he is another of the Finnish players with high school experience from the US. Pass rush from the defensive line and coverage in the secondary by several players with experience from the Maple League – Finland’s best division – make the Blue Lions a tough team to pass against.

Team Sweden

The Swedes boast an athletic squad with pure physical ability that’s hard to match. Averaging 193 centimeters and 123 kilograms the sheer size of the offensive line is closing in on the offensive lines of the NFL and making the unit hard to overlook – both literally and metaphorically. Also noteworthy on the offensive line of Sweden are multiple scholarship offers from division 1 schools in the college ranks of America for multiple players.

Looking at the players trying to take advantage of the work of the big guys up front is quarterback Michael Cox Jr., who has won 8A high school state championships last year for his Miami high school as well as tailback Vilinthon ‘Villy’ Tengroth. Tengroth has the nickname ‘Wheels’, and with a clocked 40-yard dash time of 4.35 seconds that nickname is easy to understand.

Defensively Sweden poses a threat for opposing offenses on all levels of the defense. Athletic ability is in abundance on this side of the ball too, and is evident on both the defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs. As a veritable chess piece for defensive coaches Rafael Martín Macarro was originally intended to play safety, but impressed at outside linebacker and will even put his hand down and rush the passer as a defensive end at times – a testament to his versatility.

Team Denmark

The hosts of the tournament are not without chess pieces of their own as one of the profiles for the Danes is running back Emil Neumann. The back is adept at both catching and running the ball well with his combination of speed and power, and his football intelligence makes him a good blocker as well, giving the offensive minds on the sideline flexibility to exploit opposing defenses. Another playmaker to look out for is wide receiver Thomas Ashworth, who has the speed and the experience to pose a threat on any given play.

Blocking for the talented running back is an offensive line headlined by Kasper Kaufmann Sørensen. Sørensen is said to be one of the most physically gifted offensive linemen the team has ever seen with a hallmark of his being his proficiency at the point of attack.

Defensively keep an eye on Mark Voll – the talented safety is a key part of the unbeaten Søllerød Gold Diggers of the best division in Denmark, playing alongside former NFL-player Desmond Cooper. His instincts and experience makes him a very good coverage back with an uncanny ability to read the quarterback. Denmark also has a man on the defensive line who can match the physical play of the opposing offensive lines – Marcus Boesen. He is currently the world record holder in powerlifting, squatting an astonishing 276 kg’s earlier this year setting the World Sub-Junior Record.

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