BAMBERG, Germany — Marvin Gholston picked off a Tim Battle pass with 39 seconds to play and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown as the Bamberg Barons downed the Giessen Griffins 32-26 Saturday in the Division III-South high school football opener for both teams.

It was an irony-drenched ending for Battle, who along with his brother, All-Europe defensive lineman C.J., played for Bamberg last season. The family returned to the States last winter, moving back to Europe over the summer and landing in Giessen.

The Battles wasted no time making their marks for their new team. Tim Battle had a 65-yard TD run and connected on scoring passes of 10 yards to brother C.J. and 15 yards to George Figueroa. He finished 8-for-13 for 260 yards with two TDs and two interceptions and added 128 yards rushing.

Bamberg kept pace with a kickoff-return touchdown and a TD run each from T’Andre Stuckey and Daniel Herring before Gholston’s big pick decided the matter.

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