Culotta runs wild as ISB knocks out Naples
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Vinny Culotta carried the ball 17 times for 332 yards and five touchdowns Saturday to lead the International School of Brussels Raiders to a 34-16 European Division II quarterfinal victory over the Naples Wildcats.
According to ISB coach Will Vreugdenhil, Culota and his running mate, Matias Bifani, who carried 15 times for 77 yards were greatly abetted by the downfield blocking of Raider receivers Tim Overeem and Dave Neu. Getting Culotta and Bifani to those downfield blocks, however, was the ISB front line.
“Once again,” Vreugdenhil wrote in a post-game email, “our O-line did a great job…”
Overeem made a difference on the other side of the ball, too. He picked off one of two Naples passes the ISB defense snared. Tommy White, who also recovered a fumble, got the other interception. Jay Adamitis and Chris Lutsko each collected two sacks for ISB, which led 21-0 at halftime.
Sam LeVault ran for a TD for Naples, which ended its season with a 4-2 record. Joseph Pitts tossed a TD pass to Isaiah Westby for the other Naples score.
“Naples played tough football,” Vreugdenhil reported, “and they have some very skilled players on their team who made some great plays.”
Next up for ISB (4-1) is a journey to Ansbach, where the Raiders eliminated the Cougars from the playoffs last October.