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Baker named MVP of U.S.-Canada 6-man game
Jul 9, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Wyoming representatives Sterling Baker and Seth Bennett played a pivotal role in helping Team USA destroy Team Canada 53-6 Saturday on the football field in the 2014 CanAm Bowl in Hague Saskatchewan, Canada.
The all-star game was contested in the 6-man style played at Dubois High School. Baker graduated from Dubois in May. Bennett is from Meeteetse, which also plays 6-man ball.
Baker was named the defensive MVP, and Bennett won the same award on offense.
"Dubois and Meeteetse have kind of started a little bit of rivalry, but Seth is now one of my better friends," Baker said.
"We have a lot in common when it comes to athletics and academics.
"I felt (the MVP awards) meant we represented our towns and ourselves very well," Baker said.
The team was formed by invitation only. Along with the two Wyoming players, there were 11 from Texas, two from Colorado, one from Nebraska and one from Montana playing for the United States.
"It was a great experience," Baker said. "It helps broaden your horizon so much more when you go to a game with several states involved and two different countries."
Canada had 20 players, 18 from Saskatchewan and two from Alaska, which provided players for the Canadian side.
USA 53, Canada 6
Going into the all-star game, Baker thought his team might be in a tough battle against the bigger Canada team.
"Most of the Canada boys were giants," Baker said. "I was one of the biggest on the (U.S.) team, and I'm just sitting under 200 pounds. Their starting six on defense were all bigger than me."
In the end, Canada didn't have an answer for Baker and his teammates.
"We never gave ourselves a chance to lose, and we expected to win," Baker said. "
We also had a lot of speed. That works perfect in a 6-man game."
Baker's first carry of the game set the tone, collecting 35 yards.
He finished the game with more150 yards rushing, and 53 more on a kickoff return.
Baker scored 29 of the 53 points.
On defense, Baker played middle linebacker, where he had 17 tackles and one interception.
Bennett had two touchdown passes. One was a 16-yarder and the second one came from 60 yards.