Division III football: Ansbach rolls over Bamberg for 17th straight win
BAMBERG, Germany — Two-time defending Division III champion Ansbach ran its winning streak to 17 games Friday night with a 59-26 nonconference victory over Bamberg.
The Cougars scored 20 unanswered first-quarter points en route to a 34-6 halftime lead. The Cougars rushed for 439 yards, led by freshman Dominique Whaley (seven carries, 111 yards), who rushed for a 26-yard touchdown.
Dameon Outley had four carries for 110 yards for Ansbach. He also led the Cougar defense with nine tackles.
James Esters got things rolling for Ansbach, forcing a fumble on Bamberg’s opening drive. Teammate Avery Hopes recovered on the Barons’ 42, and four plays later, Esters scored on a 21-yard run.
The Cougars made it 14-0 on Bamberg’s second possession, when Brandon Bachtel picked off a pass and took it 52 yards for a score. Bachtel later threw a 12-yard TD pass to tight end Russell Bailey.
Taurean Moore’s 12-yard run on a reverse made it 20-0. Moore also scored on a 60-yard pass from freshman quarterback John Willis-Morris.
Sophomore David Mason (11-yard run), freshman Xavier Sheppard (17-yard run) and sophomore linebacker Nathan Popelm (22-yard fumble return) also scored for Ansbach.
Bamberg got its first-half touchdown on a 12-yard run by Marvin Gholston and added 20 fourth-quarter points on 80- and 12-yard TD runs by Christian Peel and a 20-yard scoring pass from Gholston to Tim Battle on the final play of the game.
In Saturday’s other Division III nonconference games:
SHAPE 40, AFNORTH 0: At Brunssum, Netherlands, Sean Corcoran threw two touchdown passes, and Steve Small ran for two scores as SHAPE easily won its ninth straight game.
Corcoran hit Zach Rabiego with a 27-yard pass in the second quarter and Doug O’Meara with a 10-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter.
Danny Camarena ran 45 yards for a TD with 3:33 left in the game, and Brian Desrochers broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run two minutes later to end the game because of the mercy rule.
Corcoran, who was 8-for-11 for 52 yards, carried his team to victory, according to AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship.
“He converted two critical fourth-down plays on roll-out passes,” Blankenship said.
Defensively, linebacker Richard Rendon posted 13 tackles and recovered a fumble to lead the Spartans. Rabiego intercepted two passes.
AFNORTH’s Yarin McCrae led all tacklers with 15 and also recovered a fumble.
Brussels 17, Alconbury 0: At Brussels, Belgium, Matthew Parker carried the ball 27 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns as the Brigands’ defense posted a shutout for new coach Carroll McNab.
Parker, who scored on runs of 2 and 10 yards, also caught Brussels’ only two completions.
Two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt allowed the Brigands to overcome 14 penalties.
Alconbury got nine tackles from Vince Ebalo and five tackles and an interception from Jabob Van Dyke.
Vicenza 13, Giessen 0: At Vicenza, Italy, Marco Lamboglia plunged in from the one-yard line in the second quarter for the only offensive touchdown of the game.
The Cougars’ Anthony Gipson returned an interception five yards for the other score.
Vicenza quarterback Robert O’Doherty completed nine of 11 passes for 98 yards, and Eric Lain rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries for the Cougars.
Giessen got six tackles from Chris Martinez and a sack from Mark Gersper.
Hohenfels 55, Baumholder 30: At Hohenfels, Germany, Trey Martin jarred the ball loose in the second half, and Jeremy Crook fell on it in the Baumholder end zone as the Tigers pulled away from a 24-23 halftime deficit.
Baumholder freshman quarterback Chris Bry completed seven of 15 passes for 144 yards. No other details were available at press time.