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The two-time Division III European champion Ansbach Cougars placed seven players on the 2003 All-Europe high school football team, including two — senior quarterback Shawn Bachtel and senior kicker Garrett Eichhorn — who made the team last year.

“It was very important to be picked again,” Bachtel said. “Winning two years back-to-back isn’t something many people do.”

The 5-foot-8, 166-pound quarterback completed nearly 60 percent of his passes and averaged six yards per carry as the Cougars ran their winning streak to 16 games over the past two seasons. Ansbach beat its opponents this season by an average of 37.5 points, including a 43-6 victory over Baumholder in the Division III final.

“I wasn’t surprised at the championship,” said Ansbach junior Russell Bailey, a 6-1, 222-pound tight end picked as a receiver for the 48-man All-Europe team, “but I was surprised that all of us were picked.”

Ansbach defensive back Jon Austin was one of three sophomores to make the team. The others were defensive linemen — Josh Teeples of Naples and Brandon Simmons of Heidelberg.

Austin, who had six interceptions, didn’t expect the honor.

“I was surprised because I was up against so many good players,” he said.

In addition to being good, many of them played on championship teams.

Division II champion SHAPE, which like Ansbach was 8-0 this season, placed eight players on the team, led by returning offensive lineman Grant Essad, a 5-11, 245-pound senior.

The other Spartans picked included senior quarterback Ryan Rice; junior running back Brandon Glenn, a converted wide receiver who rushed for 1,260 yards behind Essad and fellow-All-European Matt Anderson.

Division I champion Ramstein placed three players on the team. All three helped hold Lakenheath to 13 points in the semifinal game and Wiesbaden to six points in a 7-6 title-game victory.

Leading the Royals trio is the only player on this year’s team chosen for two positions. Austin Izzo, a 6-1, 205-pound junior made it as a punter and a defensive lineman.

Izzo was joined by linebacker Brian Greeley and defensive back Brian Stewart.

The other returnees from 2002 are Baumholder junior tackle Gerald Dickerson, AFNORTH running back Ryan Butler and Naples running back Jeremy Joseph.

Butler, a 5-8, 180-pound senior rushed for 902 yards in the Lions’ five games. Joseph, who was All-Europe as a defensive back in 2002, ran for 1,036 yards on 130 attempts. He joined the 1,000-yard club with Glenn, Edmond Woods of Wiesbaden (1,495 yards), Pascal Grundman of Bitburg (1,072) and Isaac Kittle of Lakenheath (1,013).

Glenn, Grundman and Kittle are juniors, as are All-Europe running backs Dan Villarreal of Wiesbaden, James Esters of Ansbach and David Kennedy of Patch.

“It feels really good to make the team,” Kennedy said. “Last year, I was a backup to [Kasierslautern All-European] Aaron Scott. When we moved here from K-town, I got my chance.”

The selection committee was composed of DODDS athletic director Karen Seadore and coaches Rik Carr of Bitburg, Marcus George of Ansbach, Billy Henry of Patch, Glenn Porter of Ramstein, Pete Resnick of Menwith Hill and Darryl Schwartz of Wiesbaden.

2003 All-Europe football team

Offense

Position

Name

School

Height

Weight

Year

Quarterback

Ryan Rice

SHAPE

6-4

195

Sr.

Quarterback

Shawn Bachtel

Ansbach

5-8

166

Sr.

Running back

Brandon Glenn

SHAPE

5-11

155

Jr.

Running back

Edmond Woods

Wiesbaden

5-11

176

Sr.

Running back

Isaac Kittle

Lakenheath

5-10

175

Jr.

Running back

Ryan Butler

AFNORTH

5-8

180

Sr.

Running back

Jeremy Joseph

Naples

5-10

170

Sr.

Running back

James Esters

Ansbach

5-8

165

Jr.

Running back

Pascal Grundman

Bitburg

6-0

170

Jr.

Running back

David Kennedy

Patch

5-10

170

Jr.

Running back

Daniel Villarreal

Wiesbaden

5-9

215

Jr.

Receiver

Joe Puttman

SHAPE

6-2

175

Jr.

Receiver

Russell Bailey

Ansbach

6-1

222

Jr.

Offensive line

Grant Essad

SHAPE

5-11

245

Sr.

Offensive line

Derek Almen

Wiesbaden

5-9

265

Jr.

Offensive line

Mike Ewing

Ansbach

6-1

218

Jr.

Offensive line

Matt Anderson

SHAPE

5-10

180

Jr.

Offensive line

Joseph Bouknight

Hohenfels

5-11

185

Sr.

Offensive line

Ian Beamon

ISB

5-11

220

Sr.

Offensive line

Chris Eubanks

Bitburg

5-9

190

Sr.

Offensive line

Gerald Dickinson

Baumholder

6-4

295

Jr.

Offensive line

Brian Knotts

Bamberg

6-1

215

Sr.

Punter

Austin Izzo

Ramstein

6-1

205

Jr.

Punter

Jeremy Tibbetts

London Cent.

6-1

175

Sr.

Defense

Position

Name

School

Height

Weight

Year

Defensive back

Anthony LeVasseur

Vilseck

6-1

185

Sr.

Defensive back

Jonathan Austin

Ansbach

6-0

162

Soph.

Defensive back

Brandon Morales

Bitburg

6-1

170

Jr.

Defensive back

Brian Stewart

Ramstein

6-3

185

Sr.

Linebacker

Richard Rendon

SHAPE

5-10

195

Jr.

Linebacker

Matt Briegel

Naples

5-10

175

Jr.

Linebacker

Mike Hall

ROTA

5-10

175

Sr.

Linebacker

Bryan Farthing

SHAPE

6-2

175

Sr.

Linebacker

Nick Dybdahl

Lakenheath

6-1

190

Sr.

Linebacker

Brian Greeley

Ramstein

6-1

185

Jr.

Linebacker

James Dixon

Heidelberg

6-0

205

Jr.

Linebacker

Emmett Wilson

Baumholder

5-10

210

Sr.

Linebacker

Dameon Outley

Ansbach

5-11

178

Jr.

Linebacker

Mike Floyd

Wiesbaden

5-11

189

Sr.

Defensive line

Josh Teeples

Naples

6-0

240

Soph.

Defensive line

Demetri Jones

SHAPE

6-5

225

Jr.

Defensive line

Brandon Simmons

Heidelberg

6-0

240

Soph.

Defensive line

Steve Barber

Wiesbaden

5-9

205

Sr.

Defensive line

Matt Rabon

Lakenheath

6-3

260

Sr.

Defensive line

Austin Izzo

Ramstein

6-1

205

Jr.

Defensive line

Kevin Pollock

Vilseck

6-3

205

Jr.

Defensive line

Mike Hunter

Bitburg

6-2

200

Sr.

Kicker

Eugene Bringman

Heidelberg

5-10

230

Sr.

Kicker

Garrett Eichhorn

Ansbach

6-0

178

Sr.

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