(Note: This report was updated Oct. 17 to add the Bamberg-Hohenfels game.)
James Esters ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries Saturday as the Ansbach Cougars claimed the Division III-C conference championship at home with a 37-6 victory over the Vicenza Cougars.
It was Ansbach’s 21st consecutive victory.
Esters scored on runs of 28 and 74 yards as Ansbach closed its regular season 5-0 overall and 2-0 in III-C. The Cougars amassed 422 rushing yards in just 29 attempts.
Dameon Outley had 100 yards on eight carries, including a 31-yard TD run, and freshman Dominique Whaley had 96 yards on five rushes. Whaley scored on a 34-yard run in the first quarter as Ansbach jumped to a 20-6 lead.
Mike Ewing kicked a 24-yard field goal for Ansbach, which got its other TD on a 2-yard run by Taurean Moore. The Cougars will host AFNORTH on Saturday to open its quest for a third straight European D-III crown.
Kevin Carpenter scored on a 3-yard run for Vicenza (2-3 overall and 0-2 in III-C), which ended its season.
In other D-III games on Saturday:
Sigonella 12, AFNORTH 6
At Sigonella, Michael Petty scored on a 71-yard run and a 57-yard pass from Keenan Jones as the Jaguars (3-2, 2-0) claimed the III-B crown.
B.J. Washington picked off a pair of AFNORTH passes, and Larkin Lader, who was in on 10 tackles, recovered a fumble for Sigonella, which will entertain III-C runner-up Hohenfels this week.
AFNORTH, which got 184 yards on 29 carries from Kyle Winn, fell to 2-3 overall and will travel to Ansbach to open the playoffs.
Rota 40, Alconbury 14
At Rota, Joseph Casey rushed for 309 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries and returned a punt 35 yards for another TD as the Admirals secured second place in Division III-A.
Casey’s runs helped Rota (3-2 overall and 1-1 in III-A) roll up 456 yards of offense. Rota travels to Baumholder on Saturday for the playoffs.
Alconbury, which got an 88-yard kickoff return for a TD from Andrew Hunt and a 1-yard TD plunge from Ben Davis, fell to 0-5, 0-2 and missed the playoffs.
Menwith Hill 47, Brussels 24
At Brussels, Mike Bailey ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and Shawn Adams ran for two TDs and caught a 25-yard pass for a third score as the III-A champion completed its regular season undefeated.
Menwith Hill (5-0, 2-0), which led 23-0 at halftime, also got a 60-yard TD run from Terry Cuddy and a 20-yard field goal from Ryan Gimmey. The Mustangs host III-D runner-up Bamberg to open the D-III playoffs on Saturday.
Eric Popp, who had 110 yards on 12 carries, ran 18 yards for one score for Brussels, which finished its season 1-4 overall and 0-2 in III-B. The Brigands missed the playoffs.
Matthew Parker, who led all rushers with 152 yards, added an 81-yard TD run. Mike Healy tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Ryan Proietto for the Brigands’ other TD.
Baumholder 1, Giessen 0 (forfeit)
At Giessen, an insufficient number of players forced Giessen to forfeit its homecoming game against the Baumholder Bucs.
Baumholder (4-1, 2-0) wins the III-D conference title and will host III-A runner-up Rota in the European D-III quarterfinals on Saturday.
Bamberg 45, Hohenfels 12
Bamberg rolled up 594 yards of total offense Saturday night, crushing the Hohenfels Tigers 45-12 in a nonconference high school football clash of Division III teams at Hohenfels, Germany.
The Barons got 504 of those yards on the ground, a total helped by a pair of TD runs by Miguel Lozada, one of them for 45 yards. Lozada also grabbed a 15-yard TD pass from quarterback Kris Starr that capped a 65-yard third-quarter drive. Starr was 5-for-9 for 90 yards on the day.
Tim Battle and Christian Peel also ran for touchdowns.
Peel had a 22-yard field goal with 2:10 to play in the second quarter, and defensive tackle Carlos Zapata recovered a Hohenfels fumble in the end zone for a touchdown 25 seconds later to put the Barons up 23-0 at the break.
Hohenfels, the Division III-C runner-up which fell to 3-2 on the season, scored on third-period runs by Brandon Merriweather and Jamal Green. The Tigers were stymied the rest of the time by a Bamberg defense led by Tim Battle and C.J. Battle, who were in on 12 tackles each. Tim Battle had a pair of sacks among his stops while brother C.J. assisted on four sacks.
Bamberg, the Division III-D runner-up, won its third straight game and improved to 3-2. It will open the European Division III playoffs on Saturday at unbeaten Menwith Hill, the III-A champs.
Hohenfels also opens the playoffs on the road, at III-B champ Sigonella, on Saturday.