I’ve said it many times, Regina has some of the best football players in Canada, if not North America. Much of the credit goes to the numerous coaches who have invested their time, energy and money to helping grow the game of football in our backyard. In fact two guys who do a great job in this aspect are Kelly Hamilton and Len Antonini. Those men along with a cast of volunteers have sacrificed much to help turn Regina Minor Football into arguably the best youth football league in Canada.
One guy who has come up through the ranks is Mason Nyhus, who played in the RMF before suiting up with the Riffel Royals for three seasons. Nyhus’ talents were on display last month at the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas. The Under 18 Canada team also featured Nick Cross, Bowen Pisula, Josh Haggerty and Kyle Borsa. Below is a recap of how the team did:
Mason Nyhus of Regina scored Canada’s first two touchdowns to help Canada’s under-18 national team defeat the United States under-19 selects 31-13 at the International Bowl on January 31st at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Canada jumped on the United States with an opening scoring drive of 61-yards finished by a 1-yard plunge by Nyhus. Nyhus ended Canada’s second scoring drive of the game with a short dive into the end zone following a 40-yard laser-beam completion to Ben Pasluk of Red Deer, Alberta.
It was another long completion from Nyhus that set up Canada’s third deep penetration of the first half. Nyhus connected with Bryan Owusu Bekoe of Mirabel, Quebec for 50 yards to set up Canada in United States territory. However, the United States defense stiffened, and Canada failed on a 42-yard field goal attempt. Canada lead 14-0 at halftime with Nyhus completing nine of 16 passes for 119 yards in his half of work.
Nyhus threw for two touchdown passes February 3rd to lead Canada over the U.S. under-18 national team 24-0. Canada took an early lead when Owusu Bekoe found the end zone on a 5-yard passing completion from Nyhus.
Late in the first half, Nyhus hit Jacob Izquierdo of Calgary, Alberta for a 27-yard highlight reel completion to the U.S. 11. Canada would settle for a field goal and a 10-0 halftime lead.
Nyhus connected with Izquierdo again on a 44-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter to stake Canada to a 17-0 lead. Nyhus finished the game completing seven of 10 passes for 93 yards.
The six-foot-two, 205 pound Nyhus also quarterbacked Saskatchewan to a bronze medal finish at the 2015 Canada Cup, earning the tournament’s offensive MVP accolades. This highly sought after pivot was recruited by NCAA, CIS and Junior teams but looks to be staying in the province, committing to the University of Saskatchewan.