ISB wins shootout with AFNORTH
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The International School of Brussels Raiders converted a fourth-and-10 play with less than 3 minutes left Friday night en route to the deciding touchdown that produced a 42-36 Division II-North victory over the visiting AFNORTH Lions.
The victory was the first of the season for the youthful Raiders (1-3), whose 12 freshmen had to grow up in a hurry against the prolific AFNORTH offense.
Led by quarterback Daniel Cordova, who ran for a touchdown and completed a two-point conversion pass that tied the game at 36 with three minutes to go, AFNORTH had the Raiders in a hole on the ISB 45-yard line before Fernando Torrijos broke two game-changing runs.
The first came on fourth-and-10, when the ISB line broke him loose for a 14-yard gain to the AFNORTH 41. Three players later, on third-and-five from the Lions’ 36, Torrijos broke the TD run that provided the winning margin.
The game-winner was the second TD of the day for Torrijos, who rushed 13 times for 110 yards, according to ISB coach Will Vreugdenhil. Pearce Keesling topped the ISB running game with 230 yards and a TD on 25 attempts.
ISB quarterback Marshall Kontos rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown and completed eight-of-15 passes for 220 yards and TDs of 15, 25 and 68 yards.
Felix Schulte-Strathaus hauled in the 68-yarder and intercepted an AFNORTH pass to stop the Lions’ final drive. Sam Wright caught Kontos’ other TD passes, and Tim Overeem had two catches for 72 yards.
Jay Adamitis led the ISB defense with eight tackles and three sacks; Torrijos, who forced a fumble, and Loris Hezemans each made seven tackles, and Schulte-Strathaus posted five tackles, two of them for losses.
The pick put an end to another banner outing for AFNORTH’s Cordova, who passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Densier Carnes caught two of the TD passes and Oguzhan Yabici the third, according to AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship. Kalen Joseph led the AFNORTH rushers with 106 yards.
Next up for the Lions is a conference home game Saturday against SHAPE; ISB is scheduled to host Schweinfurt the same day in another II-North game.