Individual records fall in Canton
By Michael Preston
Records are meant to be broken.
Three individual IFAF World Championship records fell at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday and another one was equaled during the first three games of the 2015 tournament.
Australia quarterback Jared Stegman set a new personal and team record for the most touchdowns thrown in a single game with four in a 47-6 win over South Korea, which outshone the previous best of three touchdowns thrown by five players. Max Sprauel (FRA vs. AUT 7-13-11), Kiernan Dorney (AUS vs. GER 7-12-11), Michael Faulds (CAN vs. AUT 7-11-11) and Joachim Ullrich (GER vs. KOR 7-8-07) had all equaled the record of Marcelo Lio (ITA vs. FIN 6-24-99) set at the inaugural championship in 1999.
The record for touchdown passes in a tournament is six, by Canada signal caller Michael Faulds in 2011, so Stegman is already two thirds of the way to equaling that number.
Another quarterback, Dylan Favre of the United States, set a single-game average yards per completion record with a 29.3-yard mark in a 30-6 victory over Mexico, improving on the 23-yard performance of Mark Yaeger for Australia against Sweden in 1999.
The other record to fall did so in spectacular fashion as Anthony Dable (photo above) tore downfield on a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to earn France six points and the perfect start against Brazil. His return was the longest in tournament history, eclipsing the 84-yard charge by Bobby Awrey of the United States against Korea in 2007.
French teammate Anthony Couvin came up one yard short of that number with an 83-yard kickoff return against Brazil on Thursday. Bryan Douglas of the U.S. landed in eighth place in the record books with his 57-yard return.
Guillaume Rioux of France and Daniel Strickland both equaled the long-standing record of two receiving touchdowns in a single game, held by multiple players.
Australian running back Conor Foley’s 132 yards against South Korea set a second-best mark all-time, but were a full 100 yards short of the impressive record set by Lars Gustafsson of Sweden against Italy in 1999. Foley’s average of 12 yards per game is the third best in history.
South Korea’s Jeon Hong Duck had 19 rushing attempts, tying him for fourth in that category behind Gustafsson’s 27, 25 and 20 carries 16 years ago in Palermo.
Kevin Burke’s 18 pass completions for the U.S. against Mexico are tied for fifth-most overall and the 69-yard Dylan Favre to Andy Erickson connection for the United States was the sixth longest in tournament history. The six receptions by Guillaume Rioux of France ties for the sixth-most overall.
Long runs from scrimmage included Stephan Yepmo (FRA vs. BRA, 68 yards for a touchdown, fifth overall), Conor Foley (AUS vs. KOR, 52 yards for a touchdown, sixth overall) and Romulo Ramos (BRA vs. FRA, 48 yards, eighth overall). Yepmo and Foley’s scoring plays were the fourth and fifth longest touchdown runs respectively in IFAF World Championship play.
Anthony Dable of France totaled a seventh-best 102 kickoff return yards in a single game, just ahead of eighth placed Kim Sang Hong from South Korea who recorded 100 yards. Jack Morton’s 34.5-yard kickoff return average for the U.S. was the fifth best in history in a category in which current Japan return man Noriaki Kinoshita holds first and fourth place. The 27 punt return yards averaged by Guillaume Rioux of France rank seventh-best all-time.
A 36-yard interception return for a touchdown from Yeo Bong Do that earned South Korea a 6-0 lead over Australia as the tournament’s first points of 2015 was the fifth-longest in history.
The kicking and punting games yielded several new additions to the record books. Australia’s Eddie Kocwa split the uprights six times, the joint-sixth best effort, but five extra points behind the 11-PAT performance of Craig Coffin of the United States against South Korea in 2007.
Jose Maltos of Mexico already owns the longest field goal record and second place with successful kicks of 56 and 49 yards from back in 2011 in Austria and added a joint eighth-best 44-yarder, as did Ed Ruhnke of the United States.
Maltos also averaged a fourth-best 41.5-yard punting average and was third-best in punting yards per game (332) and punting attempts per game (8). His 54-yard punt was joint tenth all-time, equaled by two other players, including Alexandre Sy for France on Thursday.
Defensively, Ryan Hogan of the United States, Octavio Gonzalez of Mexico and Damien Malloy of Australia all equaled the second-best performance in history with three sacks; one shy of the record held by Robert Zernicke of Germany against Austria in 2011. The 2.5 sacks recorded by Tevin Davis of the U.S. is joint eighth in the record books.
The U.S. set new team highs with 8 sacks in a single game and 18.5 tackles for a loss.