Division II Roundup: AFNORTH tops SHAPE
SHAPE, Belgium — AFNORTH, behind a ground game in which Tizhuan Carroll, Jake Reynolds and Kevin Croat combined for 478 yards, crushed SHAPE 38-12 on Saturday to assure itself a berth in the European Division II quarterfinals.
Carroll amassed 223 yards on 29 carries for AFNORTH (3-2 overall, 1-1 II-North), which finished second to International School of Brussels in the conference race. Reynolds, who completed seven of 11 passes for 88 yards, added 168 rushing yards on just 11 carries, and Croat ran nine times for 87 yards.
Kewin Nielsen provided the offensive spark for SHAPE (1-3-1 overall, 0-2 II-North). Among Nielsen’s pass receptions was an 88-yarder. "He had an outstanding game," AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship said by telephone. "He gave us fits."
All-Europe defensive lineman Aaron Black put in his bid to remain on the all-star roster this season, numbering three sacks among his 17 tackles. Dante Brown intercepted three passes for AFNORTH.
In other Division II games Saturday:
Bitburg 42, Baumholder 20: At Bitburg, the Barons clinched the II-West title behind 74 yards and two TD runs by Drew Hall and a fumble-recovery TD by Darian Billups. Brandon Massie and Adam Garcia also ran for TDs for Bitburg (3-2 overall, 2-0 II-West), which won its third successive game. Baumholder (0-5, 0-2), trailing 35-0 at halftime, responded with Cody Clay’s TD pass to J’Mil Wilson, and touchdown runs by Clay and Clinton Carbaugh in its last game of the season.
Mannheim 41, Hohenfels 0: At Hohenfels, Aaron Garrison ran for two TDs and the Bison (3-2) recovered a Hohenfels fumble at the Tigers’ 5-yard line on the first snap of the game.
Garrison finished with 12 carries for 84 yards. Trevin Hampton, who rushed seven times for 126 yards, Trey Arnwich and Calvin Baisden also rushed for Mannheim TDs to help the Bison, runners-up to Bitburg for the II-West crown, assure themselves of a berth in the European quarterfinals. J Sheppard, who completed three of four passes for 112 yards, threw 69 yards to Kenyatta Hill for Mannheim’s other score.
Hohenfels completed its season 0-5.
International School of Brussels 41, Aviano 8: At Aviano, the Raiders completed an unbeaten regular season behind Gino Culotta’s third consecutive 200-yard rushing game. Culotta, averaging 203 yards a game, carried 16 times for 209 yards and three TDs against the Saints (1-3-1). He has 1,018 yards for the Raiders (5-0), who also scored on Ben Hausdorf’s 52-yard pass to Stephen Clark and on TD runs by Tony Holt and Brennan Edwards.
Aviano’s Myron McRae completed seven of 14 passes, one for a TD to Jamal Tuck, who had all seven catches for 153 yards.