Brussels, Sigonella remain undefeated
Brussels and Sigonella each improved to 3-0 and stayed on a collision course in III-North Saturday, while defending European Division III champ Ansbach continued to barrel along on Friday.
Brussels 42, Alconbury 0
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Kyle Cox and Eric Popp each ran for two touchdowns, and Kevin Nicholson ran for one TD and passed for another as the Brigands (3-0) mercy-ruled Alconbury with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
“What hurt them was injuries,” Brussels coach Joe Fiedler said. “They had three kids go out in the first three quarters and when the fourth went out in the fourth quarter, they didn’t have anybody left.”
Cox scored on runs of 1 and 50 yards, Popp scored on 1- and 22-yard runs, and quarterback Nicholson ran 40 yards for a score as Brussels collected 351 yards rushing and 120 yards on Nicholson’s 5-for-7 passing.
Cox had 145 yards on 10 carries.
Matt Parker and Joe Pears intercepted Alconbury passes.
Craig Ragsdell had nine unassisted tackles for Alconbury (0-3).
Sigonella 24, Menwith Hill 12
MENWITH HILL, England — Keenan Jones passed to Jose Peralta for one score and ran for another, and Peralta added a TD run as the visiting Jaguars improved to 3-0.
Menwith Hill (1-2) had taken a 12-0 first-quarter lead on a pair of Mike Bailey TD runs. They covered 17 and 22 yards.
The Jags came roaring back. Jones hit Peralta with a 40-yard scoring pass to start the second quarter, and Anthony Turner completed a roll-out cross-field pass to Paul Nicholson for a TD that tied the game at halftime.
Kelby Lamb then returned an onside kick to the Menwith Hill 20-yard line to open the second half to set up a 10-yard TD run by Jones, and Peralta’s 17-yard TD run iced the game.
Dustin Sampson had two interceptions for Sigonella.
Ansbach 44, Hohenfels 0
HOHENFELS, Germany — Brandon Bachtel recovered a fumble forced by teammate Mark Wisdom in the Hohenfels end zone to open the game, and the Cougars rolled from there.
Quarterback Shawn Bachtel ran seven yards for a TD and hit Russell Bailey with a 3-yard scoring pass. James Easters ran 30 yards for a TD as Ansbach made it 30-0 at the end of one quarter.
Baumholder 34, Vicenza 14
BAUMHOLDER, Germany — The Division III runners-up rebounded from last week’s 52-50 OT loss to Giessen to claim their first victory of the season.
Emmett Wilson ran for two touchdowns and returned a Vicenza interception 25 yards for a third score for the Bucs (1-2).
Wilson carried the ball 13 times for 69 yards and led the Baumholder defense with 12 unassisted tackles. Devery Harvey rushed eight times for 63 yards, and Charles Lackley had 58 yards on 11 attempts for Baumholder.
Vicenza, which scored its first points on a safety registered by Eddie Martini, struck for a pair of fourth-quarter TDs, both engineered by QB Tim Turner. Turner ran 2 yards for the first, then hooked up with Gary King on a 95- yard pass play.
London Central 25, Rota 0
HIGH WYCOMBE, England — Daniel Coleman ran for a pair of third-quarter scores for the Bobcats (2-1).
The Bobcats got interceptions from Foxy Thomas and Mark Pierce, a fumble recovery from Brandon Wolking and sacks from Coleman and Kirk Warrior.
London Central QB Jeremy Tibbetts, who rushed six times for 26 yards and was 9-for-16 passing for 90 yards, added an insurance TD late in the game. Andrew Cusumano caught four of Tibbetts’ passes for 50 yards.
Bamberg 27, Giessen 8
BAMBERG, Germany — The Barons kept pace with Ansbach in III-South at 3-0. The Barons travel to Vicenza on Saturday before closing out the season at Ansbach on Oct. 11.