Ansbach football preview capsule
This capsule has been corrected.
Head coach: Marcus George
Last year: 6-2, lost 39-18 to Bitburg in D-II title game
Key games: Sept. 15 vs. Bitburg, Oct. 20 at Naples
A 2011 All-European, 5-11, 260-pound Rahim Beatty, leads a group of 22 lettermen back for 2012, according to head coach George, who’ll be chasing his 11th European title and seventh at Ansbach. Also included in the group are senior quarterback Jake Vorhees and Heidelberg transfer Austin Benton, a junior running back, along with linemen Chris Nunez, a 280-pounder, and Josh Pleake; receiver Xavier Cage; tight end Jose Fuentes, and running backs Demar Flake and Kevin Rouse, both seniors.
Starting the season by hosting muscular Bitburg has captured his team’s attention, George said recently, and closing the regular season at Naples, largest school in the division, should focus the Cougars for the playoffs, Ansbach’s customary destination in the postseason.
Sept. 15: at Bitburg-x
Sept. 21: FPAS Eagles-x
Sept. 29: Vicenza (no JV)
Oct. 6: Aviano; JV vs. Vilseck JV
Oct. 12: at Hohenfels
Oct. 20: at Naples
The number of titles won by Marcus George was incorrectly reported. He has won 10 European titles, six of them at Ansbach.