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Three-time defending European champion Ansbach and revitalized International School of Brussels remained on a possible collision course for next month’s Division II football playoffs with their second straight double-digit victories Friday night.

Ansbach won its 26th straight game, a 58-12 Division II-East romp at Hohenfels; ISB handed perennial power Bitburg its second straight D-II loss, 34-16.

Ansbach 58, Hohenfels 12: Alex Moya ran for touchdowns of 60, 8 and 6 yards, and All-Europe quarterback Dominic Barrale ran for a 58-yard score and returned an interception 30 yards for a TD.

Moya led all rushers with 135 yards on 10 carries; Bryce Cooper, who ran for both Hohenfels TDs, led the Tigers with 80 yards on 14 carries.

Returning All-Europe selection Carter Gunn rushed for an 18-yard TD, ran in two conversions and kicked a PAT for Ansbach (2-0, 1-0 in II-East). Ansbach’s Johnnie Bunch also rushed for a TD.

Matt James topped Ansbach’s tackling chart with two solos and 11 assists. Hohenfels (0-2) got a sack and fumble recovery from Andrew Morton, who was in on seven stops.

ISB 34, Bitburg 16: At Brussels, Gino Culotta carried 20 times for 144 yards, mostly behind the blocking of fullback Brennan Edwards, and three touchdowns at the Raiders improved to 2-0.

ISB scored its other TDs on a run by Andy Putch, who carried 10 times for 84 yards, and a pass from Ben Hausdorff to Christian Gingerella. The Raiders, who led 21-0 at halftime, exploited four lost Bitburg fumbles in the victory.

Vinny Culotta led the ISB defense with 13 tackles.

Drew Hall scored all of Bitburg’s points, running for two TDs and two conversions. Derek Waters rushed five times for 70 yards and hauled in a 51-yard pass from Matt Less for Bitburg (0-2).

Aviano 27, SHAPE 27: On Saturday at Aviano, Alex Gary broke a 43-yard touchdown run with two minutes to play, and quarterback Myron McRae followed by running for the game-tying two-point conversion.

The teams did not play overtime. DODDS-Europe football policy permits tiebreakers only in conference and playoff games. SHAPE is a member of the II-North conference; Aviano plays in II-South.

Gary’s run, an option play around the right end, came on fourth-and-3. It was his 20th carry of the afternoon and gave him 189 yards rushing.

McRae, 8-for-16 for 110 yards, kept the Saints (1-0-1) in the game with three touchdown passes, all to Jamal Tuck. SHAPE (1-0-1) led 14-7 at the end of one period; Aviano was ahead 19-14 at halftime, and SHAPE jumped in front 20-19 after three.

Fullback Damian Anderson shouldered most of the load for the Spartans with 16 carries for 173 yards and three TDs.

Bamberg 26, Vicenza 23: On Saturday at Vicenza, each team evened its record at 1-1.

Bamberg, which trailed 9-6 at halftime, prevailed on TD runs by Forte Cunningham and Brian Hargreaves, a kick-return TD by Javonthe Knuckes and Nacari Madison’s fumble recovery TD.

Vicenza’s Shakeal Skeete returned a punt for a Vicenza TD; the other Cougar points came on TD runs by Kola Awe and Kyle Kaus and Ronaldo Reyter’s field goal.

AFNORTH 26, Baumholder 6: On Saturday at Baumholder, AFNORTH (2-0) scored 26 unanswered points to keep pace with ISB in II-North.

Baumholder (0-2) took the lead on Aaron Howe’s 11-yard run in the second quarter, but AFNORTH erased that lead quickly, returning the ensuing kickoff 60 yards for the TD that left the game tied at halftime. The return man’s name was unavailable at press time Saturday.

The defending European D-III champions broke the game open late on a 25-yard TD pass from Harold Martin to Daniel Gettridge, Gettridge’s 40-yard interception return for a TD and Kevin Kropp’s 11-yard TD run.

Tizhuan Carroll led AFNORTH with nine rushes for 79 yards; Kropp ran seven times for 63 yards.

Defensively, All-European Aaron Black proved disruptive, sacking the Baumholer quarterback three times and making seven stops. Joel Huard contributed a blocked punt, a fumble recovery and four solo tackles.

Howe finished with 108 yards on 24 rushes; Cody Clay was 4-for-16 passing for 56 yards and an interception. He also deflected an AFNORTH pass.

Sean Ledbetter was in on 12 tackles and recovered a fumble for Baumholder; Jesse Messner forced a fumble for the Bucs.


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