Bitburg runs past SHAPE for second straight victory
SHAPE, Belgium — Bitburg continued to rebound from an uncharacteristic 0-2 start with a 48-21 non-conference victory Saturday over SHAPE.
Derek Waters and Matt Less each ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead a Bitburg attack that ground out 527 yards on 56 rushes. Waters collected 140 of the yards on 19 carries; Less gained 105 in just eight tries. Tim O’Donnell, who ran for a two-yard TD in the third quarter, added 103 yards on 11 carries.
SHAPE’s Michael Goff completed two touchdown passes to Kewin Nielsen, including a 46-yarder in the first quarter that gave the Spartans (1-2-1) a 7-6 lead.
SHAPE cut a 28-7 deficit to 28-21 on Damien Anderson’s 25-yard TD run in the third quarter, but Bitburg (2-2) scored 20 unanswered points the rest of the way.
Kyle Edgar sacked Goff twice to spark a Bitburg defense that got 11 tackles from Kirk Miller and eight from Pat Williams.
Bitburg (1-0 in conference play) can clinch the II-West title and a home-field berth in the D-II quarterfinals by downing visiting Baumholder this Saturday, the same day SHAPE is to host AFNORTH to determine second place in II-North.
In a nine-man, Division III game:
Sigonella 46, Rota 14: Saturday at Sigonella, the Jaguars remained unbeaten behind 120 rushing yards and two TDs by Andrew Barclay and a TD pass and a TD run by Brett Gilbert. Gilbert passed for 112 yards and ran for 54 in the romp.
Jeff Lastrella also ran for two Sigonella touchdowns as the Jaguars rang up 476 yards of total offense, and Tyron Andrews took a kickoff 98 yards through the sparse nine-man coverage unit for yet another score for Sigonella (4-0).
Sigonella’s victory set up a showdown this Saturday at Menwith Hill, whose Mustangs also are 4-0. Although the Sigonella-Menwith Hill winner is assured of the D-III regular-season title, each team is likely to play at home in the divisional semifinals on Oct. 31 regardless of Saturday’s outcome. In the D-III semis, No. 1 hosts No. 4, and No. 2 hosts No. 3.
Rota, the 2008 D-IV champions who saw that classification removed for the 2009 season, fell to 1-2. The Admirals are to host winless Alconbury on Saturday.