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Records tumble on IFAF World Championship’s second day

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By Mike Preston

The stars of the IFAF World Championship continued to write themselves into the record books during the second day of game action Sunday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Japan quarterback Shohei Kato took (main photo, 10) center stage as he set new records for pass attempts and completions, finding his receivers on 28-of-49 throws in a 43-18 loss to the United States. His new marks eclipsed those set in 2011 by Germany quarterback Joachim Ullrich, who completed 24-of-43 attempts against Mexico.

Kato’s 273 passing yards Thursday night rank third on the all-time list in a single game behind Kiernan Dorney of Australia (281 yards vs. Germany, 2011) and Ullrich (280 yards vs. Austria in 2011).

French kick returner Anthony Dable was again at the forefront, adding the second-longest kickoff return for a touchdown – an 82-yard charge to the end zone in a 53-3 win over Australia – to back up the 102-yard record he spectacularly set just three days earlier against Brazil.

Dable, who plays for Europe’s top-ranked team and Eurobowl champions Braunschweig New Yorker Lions in Germany, also produced a 66-yard return that is eighth all-time on the record list he tops. His average yards per kickoff return of 79 yards against Australia was another record for his collection. Dable’s total of 158 return yards in Thursday’s game ranks second behind the 175 yards recorded by compatriot Jeremy Larroque in 2011 against Japan.

Anthony Couvin of France also got in on the act with an 83-yard return that ranks fourth all-time behind Dable’s 102-yard and 92-yard scampers and an 83-yard return by Bobby Awrey of the United States against South Korea in 2007.

French running back Nicholas Khandar wrote himself into the record books with an 88-yard scoring run against Australia, the longest run from scrimmage and the longest touchdown rush of all-time.

Sadale Foster of the United States claimed second place on the longest touchdown run list and fourth place in the longest play from scrimmage category with a 60-yard touchdown dash against Japan.

Another rushing record fell to Bruno Santucci of Brazil, who averaged a new high of 13.5 yards per attempt (minimum of 7 rushes required) as he took the ball 8 times on the ground for 108 yards.

Records notes: Trent Steelman (USA), 7 receptions in a single game vs. Japan, joint fourth all-time. … Rodrigo Pons (BRA), 2 touchdowns vs. South Korea, joint first all-time along with multiple players. … Luc Meecham (USA), 23.6 yards average receptions per game vs. Japan, seventh all-time. … Carlisle Jones (AUS), 320 yards punting vs. France, fourth all-time. … Carlisle Jones (AUS), 8 punts vs. France, joint third all-time. … Carlisle Jones (AUS), 55-yard punt vs. France, joint seventh all-time. … Alexandre Sy (FRA), 6 extra points in a single game vs. Australia, joint sixth all-time. … Jared Stegman to Grant McNaughton (AUS), 52-yard pass vs. France, ninth all-time. … USA, 3 interceptions thrown in a single game, joint first all-time. … USA, 580 yards gained vs. Japan, first all-time. … USA, 74 total plays vs. Japan, first all-time.

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