Malcolm Lane’s 6-yard touchdown run capped a 70-yard drive with two minutes to play Saturday to give visiting Hanau a 20-19 victory over Vilseck.
The victory gives the Panthers a home game for Saturday’s Division II quarterfinal round.
It was the second TD of the day for Lane, who carried 20 times for 88 yards as Hanau rallied from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit.
Vilseck coach Tim Connolly said special teams’ play was a big factor on Saturday.
“Our kicking game killed us,” he said. “We missed two extra points, got a kick blocked for a touchdown and let them return another punt to our 5-yard line.”
Drew King blocked the punt, scooping it up and running in from the 12-yard line for Hanau’s other TD.
Steven Tracy ran for 143 yards, including a 57-yard TD, for Vilseck (2-3 overall and 2-2 in II-South), which will travel to SHAPE on Saturday for a playoff game against the defending European D-II champion Spartans.
Jamaal Johnson had touchdown runs of 5 and 7 yards for Vilseck’s other scores.
Hanau (3-2, 3-1) will host Bitburg on Saturday.
In other Division II games:
SHAPE 36, London Central 0
At SHAPE, Danny Camarena ran for 116 yards and two TDs as the Spartans closed the regular season 4-1 overall and 3-1 in Division II-North.
Camarena scored on a pair of 47-yard runs for SHAPE, which led 29-0 at halftime. The Spartans will host Vilseck to open its quest for a second-straight European D-II crown on Saturday.
Joe Puttman, Sean Corcoran and Richard Rendon added TD runs for SHAPE.
London Central, which moved up from D-III this season, finished its regular season 2-3 overall and 1-3 in II-North.
The Bobcats will travel to II-South champion Naples on Saturday to start the playoffs.
Bitburg 21, Mannheim 0
At Bitburg, Simon Shaw, Devin Gardner and Chris Ramos combined for 45 tackles as the Barons (3-2, 2-2) earned a trip to Hanau this Saturday to open the playoffs.
Brandon Morales and Josh Colletee each picked off a pass for Bitburg. Alquel Hodges, Trey Wilson and Gardner, who carried 11 times for 82 yards, each ran for a TD.
Billy Westover had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery for Mannheim, which finished its season 0-5.
Naples 14, Aviano 13
At Naples, Jason McKechnie’s 2-yard touchdown run and Tyler White’s extra point with 1:24 left in the game helped the Wildcats claim the II-South crown.
McKechnie had a game-high 126 rushing yards as Naples overcame 65- and 20-yard TD passes from Sean Daniels to Carl Cephus. Mark Pearyer had two interceptions.
Naples improved to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Aviano ends its season 1-4, 0-4.
ISB 26, Patch 18
At International School of Brussels, Philip Lippman ran for 137 yards and two TDs, and Drew Thigpen added 103 yards and a TD to allow the unbeaten Raiders to overcome a big passing day by Patch’s J.D. Lindsay.
Lindsay was 17-for-27 for 301 yards and two TDs in the non-conference game between a pair of teams who’ll meet again at ISB on Saturday in the playoffs.
Lindsey, who had TD passes of 67 yards to Neal Griffin and 27 to Matt Carr, rushed for 74 yards on seven carries.
Lindsay, however, also threw a pair of interceptions, one to Andrew Vanderlind and the other to Drew Gilliam. Gilliam’s interception late in the game on the ISB 25 finally put away Patch (2-3).