5 Jul 2012

Sport: American Samoa get first win in Texas

10:30 am on 5 July 2012

A fired up American Samoa thrashed Panama 51-0 to secure their first ever victory at the Under-19 World American Football Championship in Texas.

The territory rushed for an tournament record 432 yards, and finished with 606 yards in total offense.

The President of the American Samoa Federation, Mel Purcell, says a poor showing in their opening match spurred the team on against Panama.

"Because there's only three games in the tournament that they are entitled to play, having lost to the United States put them against the wall, so the attitude coming into last nights game was we needed to get that win in order to advance to the fifth place play with France."

That France match is on Friday night local time.