The Bitburg Barons played their first game on Coach Rik Carr Field pretty much the way their 25-year coach drew it up, winning 34-19 over the International School of Brussels.
Tom Mueller, who carried 10 times for 94 yards, ran for three first-quarter TDs as the Barons got off to a flying start and defeated the defending European Division II champions.
After ISB (3-2 overall, 2-2 in II-North) battled back with a pair of Matt Merritt TD runs in the second quarter, Bitburg (4-1, 3-1) iced it in the third quarter on TD runs by Devon Gardner and Pascal Gunman. Grunman finished with 119 yards on 17 carries.
ISB got its final touchdown with three minutes to play when Philip Lipman hit Andrew Vanderlind with an 8-yard TD pass, one of the few completions Bitburg allowed.
Brandon Morales, who had four interceptions the previous week, intercepted three passes against ISB. He has eight interceptions this season.
ISB’s Meritt carried the ball 23 times for 184 yards.
Carr and his wife were presented plaques at a surprise pregame dedication ceremony for the field, renamed to honor Carr’s service to the school and its students.
Vilseck 31, AFNORTH 14
The Falcons (4-1) tuned up for Saturday’s playoff opener at ISB with a nonconference victory over 0-5 AFNORTH at Vilseck.
Dominic Brown ran for two touchdowns and caught one of quarterback Anthony Le Vasseur’s two TD passes to pace Vilseck.
Monsell Carty added a 3-yard TD run and Kevin Pollock caught the other TD pass for Vilseck.
AFNORTH’s running back Ryan Butler ran for both of the Lions’ TDs and carried the ball 47 times for 235 yards. Butler also caught an 18-yard pass.
“We only had 12 plays in the second half,” Vilseck coach Tuim Connolly said. “They just kept running him.”
SHAPE 34, Mannheim 0
Brandon Glenn ran 27 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 73 yards as the Spartans won at home to complete an unbeaten regular season with their third straight shutout.
Joe Puttman also scored twice for SHAPE (5-0), once on a 53-yard pass from Ryan Rice and later on a 60-yard interception return. Matt Anderson also intercepted a pass for a TD when he pulled in a batted ball in the end zone as the SHAPE defense held Mannheim to 34 yards of offense.
Linebacker Chris Cameron was in on 16 tackles for Mannheim (2-3, 1-3 in II-North).
Mannheim travels to Naples on Saturday to open the playoffs; SHAPE will host Patch.
Hanau 19, Patch 18
Hanau flanker Robert Scott, who earlier had retuned a Patch fumble 98 yards for one TD and caught a 30-yard pass for another, leaped high to pull down a 1-yard TD pass with one second left in the game to lift Hanau at Stuttgart.
Hanau (2-3, 2-2 II-South) had driven to the Patch 1 in the waning seconds, only to be stopped on three tries at the end zone. As the teams were lining up for fourth down, Hanau was whistled for illegal procedure to set up fourth-and-goal from the 6 with a second left.
QB Malcolm Lane took the snap, rolled to his right and threw to Scott, who came across the formation to make the catch.
Goal-line stands were the story in the game, which determined the third and fourth seeds for the playoffs. Patch (1-4, 1-3) took its opening possession to the Hanau 1-yard line, only to be stopped. Patch also turned the ball over on downs at the Hanau 3 and fumbled at the Hanau 2 to set up Scott’s big return.
Hanau travels to Bitburg on Saturday to open the playoffs; Patch travels to SHAPE.
Naples 38, Aviano 0
The Wildcats, European Division II runners-up last season, completed an unbeaten regular season with a victory at Aviano.
Jeremy Joseph, who rushed for 142 yards, scored twice in the Wildcats’ 28-point first quarter. Montez Jinks added a 1-yard TD plunge and quarterback Alfonzo Tafur hit Mark Pearyer with an 8-yard TD pass in the first quarter.
Naples (5-0) settled for Tomasz Polovzyn’s 21-yard field goal in the third quarter before adding its final TD, a 79-yard scoring pass from Tafur to Jinks.
Matt Briegel, in on 12 tackles and Joseph, who was in on 11, led the Naples defense, which got an interception from Jinks and three fumble recoveries.
Aviano (0-5) got 68 yards passing on five completions by quarterback Jordan Kelsey.