Canadians rule the Junior Bowl

JASON PAUL -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

If Brampton running back Jerome Messam keeps this up, a Super Bowl appearance could be in the cards years from now. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Messam was unstoppable for Team Canada at the Global Junior Championship final last night, rushing for 308 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 38-35 win over USA.

"I expect the best of myself so this feels great,"said Messam, 19, over the phone from Jacksonville, Fla., where the game was played as part of this week's Super Bowl festivities.

"This is the biggest game of my career and I feel honoured to represent my country."

Messam, who signed an NCAA scholarship at Rutgers University on Wednesday, was also named game MVP.

"Three hundred yards. That pretty much tells the story. He was a horse and he ran with authority,"Team Canada's Danny Maciocia, who also coaches the Edmonton Eskimos, said. "I told him he's got a great shot to play pro ball and I'm going to follow his career to make sure he stays on track."

Canada led for most of the game and eventually opening a 31-14 lead, but the U.S. fought back with 21 consecutive points. Samuel Fournier of Quebec scored the winning touchdown with four minutes left in the game.


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