Division II football: Hanau hangs on with goal-line stand
HANAU, Germany — Hanau’s defense stuffed Aviano at the Hanau 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 13-8 Division II-South victory on Saturday.
The stand allowed Hanau to maintain a 13-6 lead. Aviano’s Jacquez Watson sacked Hanau quarterback Ivan James in the end zone for a safety on the next play, but Hanau was able to hang on for the victory.
James, who was 5-for-9 for 87 yards, got Hanau on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Robinson. Marcus Fontanez added field goals of 25 and 15 yards for the Panthers’ other scores.
Fontanez’s kicks proved crucial.
Aviano’s Carl Cephus pulled in a pass from Sean Daniel and turned it into a 66-yard touchdown on the Saints’ first play from scrimmage after the Hanau TD pass.
Malcolm Lane carried 22 times for 108 yards for Hanau.
Watson led Aviano with 51 yards rushing on 13 carries.
In other Division II conference games Saturday:
Vilseck 33, Patch 0: At Vaihingen, Germany, the visiting Falcons rushed for 454 yards in shutting out the Panthers in a II-South game.
Steven Tracy carried 12 times for 154 yards and kicked field goals of 27 and 37 yards for Vilseck, which got two rushing touchdowns each from Aaron Vernon and Derrick Jones.
Vernon carried seven times for 132 yards.
Kevin Mennona (two sacks, nine tackles) and Kevin Pollock (10 tackles) led the defensive effort for Vilseck.
David Kennedy led Patch with 86 yards on 12 carries.
ISB 21, Mannheim 20: At Mannheim, Germany, International School of Brussels’ Philip Lipman completed a 32-yard halfback option pass to Drew Gilliam with time running out to set up a 3-yard TD run by Drew Thigpen to lead ISB to the II–North conference victory.
Lipman, who rushed 22 times for 200 yards and a touchdown, also caught an 8-yard TD pass.
He also sacked the Mannheim quarterback in the end zone for a safety, and stood tall on his biggest play of the game, according to Mannheim coach Burt Blank.
“He really got licked on the play,” Blank said of the halfback option. “He knew it was coming, but he stood tall in there and let the ball go.”
Mannheim trailed 15-0 at halftime, but took a 20-15 lead on a 55-yard TD run by freshman Jamal Womble, a 35-yard interception return for a TD by Rickey Gardner, and a 3-yard scoring run by Edward Williams.
ISB committed four turnovers in the second half.
Womble had 153 yards on 16 carries.
Bitburg 26, London Central 6: At RAF Corughton, England, London Central came up short in its Division II debut as Bitburg scored 13 unanswered second-half points for new coach Mike Laue.
Quarterback Foxy Thomas, who carried three times for 77 yards and was 3-for-9 passing, ran for London Central’s only touchdown.
London Central’s Ray Bergis carried six times for 54 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards.
No statistics were available for Bitburg.