Rashard Alston has been having a blast playing football on the world stage in Kuwait. But now play time is over, said the former Goose Creek High School standout.

The United States will take on Canada at 4 p.m. Wednesday for the IFAF U19 World Championship.

"It will mean everything to me," said Alston, a running back for the USA team. "This isn't about me anymore. It's such a bigger picture. I'm playing for my teammates, my family and, most importantly, the country. Anything less than a gold medal will be a failure and I will feel like a letdown to my country. We absolutely have to do this." Both USA and Canada were 3-0 in pool play, within nothing less than dominating performances showing up on the slate. USA crushed Mexico (49-14), Germany (54-0) and Japan (43-0) to reach the gold medal game.

Canada hammered France (56-0), Kuwait (91-0) and Austria (36-7). Alston has totaled 109 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the U.S. team. He is a sophomore at Newberry College and is expected to start this fall for the Wolves. At Goose Creek, Alston was a three-sport athlete - football, basketball and track.