(This roundup was updated Oct. 11 to include three Division III games not reported in Stripes' October 10 edition.)
James Esters and Dameon Outley each rushed for third-quarter touchdowns Saturday as Division III Ansbach rolled to its 20th straight victory, 22-3 over visiting Vilseck of Division II.
Vilseck (1-3) had taken a 3-0 lead just before halftime on Steve Tracy’s 20-yard field goal.
“Going in trailing at the half was a new experience for our players,” Ansbach assistant Mick Plummer said by telephone on Saturday, “but Marcus [head coach George] talked to them about how you react to adversity is what defines a champion.”
Ansbach’s reaction came in an 80-yard scoring drive to open the third quarter that culminated in a 5-yard TD run by Esters. Esters then ran in for two points to give the Cougars an 8-3 lead.
After the Cougars defense stopped Vilseck, Ansbach (4-0) found itself pinned deep in its own end of the field. Outley burst up the middle for a 69-yard TD, and Esters (21 carries, 96 yards) tacked on another two-pointer.
The Cougars put the game away with two minutes to play with a 5-yard TD pass from Brandon Bachtel to Taurean Moore.
Outley, who led Ansbach with 13 tackles, finished with 110 yards on eight carries.
“It was a really tough ballgame,” Plummer said. “We’re very pleased with the way our kids reacted.”
In other games on Saturday:
Menwith Hill 49, Rota 7
At Menwith Hill, England, Menwith Hill turned Saturday’s Division III-A showdown with Rota into a smackdown with a title-clinching victory.
Freshman running back LeShawn Adams carried 10 times for 160 yards and four TDs as the Mustangs (4-0 overall and 2-0 in III-A) advanced to the Division III playoffs for the first time.
Mike Bailey added 102 yards and two TDs on 13 carries. Bailey also made 13 tackles.
Rota (2-2, 0-1) got its only TD on a 12-yard run by Joe Casey.
Baumholder 19, AFNORTH 9
At Brunssum, Netherlands, Ron James returned a pass interception 76 yards for a touchdown, and Antonio Muzon and Tyriek Bayne added TD runs as the Bucs (3-1) claimed the showdown between Division III playoff contenders.
AFNORTH (2-2) opened the scoring on Mike Kincaid’s 37-yard first-quarter field goal.
Muzon, who carried 16 times for 90 yards, scored on a 17-yard run at the 8:35 mark of the second quarter to give the Bucs a 12-3 halftime lead, and Bayne scored on a 25-yard TD run with 2:15 remaining.
Brad Lane’s PAT made it 19-3, but AFNORTH closed to 19-9 with 1:25 to play on a 60-yard scoring pass from Bryent Blankenship to senior Emmanuel Waters.
Waters’ younger brother, Jarred, carried 18 times for 75 yards.
“It was a wonderful defensive battle,” Baumholder coach Carter Hollenbeck said. “We worked hard on stopping Waters. That was our focus.”
London Central 35, Brussels 20
At London, Ray-Ray Berges rushed for six times for 136 yards and two touchdowns as the Bobcats of Division II turned back the Brigands of Division III.
Berges amassed his total in less than two quarters.
London Central (2-2) also got two rushing TDs from Colin Lineberger and one from Mikhail Webb.
Mike Hebing threw a pair of TD passes for Brussels, a 40-yarder to Ryan Prietto and and 22-yarder to Logan Quinn.
Matt Parker ran for the other score for Brussels (1-3).
Hohenfels 46, Vicenza 42
Jason Parks passed for 234 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores Saturday as the visiting Hohenfels Tigers edged Vicenza 46-43 in a Division III-C game that saw the lead change hands six times.
Two of Parks’ TD passes went to Junior Washington. He had 207 yards in kick returns along with 165 yards on three receptions.
T.J. Peveler ran for a TD, and Tyler Arnett returned a pass interception 35 yards for a TD as Hohenfels, 3-1 overall, completed its III-C schedule at 1-1.
Robert O’Doherty passed for 168 yards and four TDs for Vicenza (2-2, 0-1). Two of his scoring tosses went to Daryl Gonzalez, who had four catches for 123 yards. Andrew Mayville and Kyle McCann had the other TD receptions.
Eric Lain, who rushed 16 times for 136 yards, and Daryl Alexander both scored TDs for Vicenza, which also scored on a 35-yard field goal by Patrick Bailey. Vicenza closes out its regular season at Ansbach on Saturday in the III-C finale for both teams.
In other games Saturday involving Division III teams:
Bamberg 42, Giessen 0
At Bamberg, Christian Peel ran the opening kickoff back 75 yards for a touchdown and later kicked three field goals as the Barons blanked the Griffins in a III-D game.
Peel kicked field goals of 22 and 26 yards on first down in the second quarter as the Barons sought vainly to avoid mercy-ruling their guests. Peel’s third field goal, a 35-yarder, ended the game at 7:18 of the third period.
Marvin Gholston caught TD passes of 40 yards in Bamberg’s 27-point first period and 48 yards in the second quarter. Both were thrown by Chris Starr.
T’Andre Stuckey and Tim Battles, who rushed eight times for 111 yards, each added running TDs for Bamberg (1-3, 1-1).
Bamberg held Giessen to negative 14 yards of total offense for the game.
Sigonella 29, Alconbury 0
At Alconbury, Mike Petty ran for 102 yards and a pair of TDs as the Jaguars rolled to the nonconference victory.
Keenan Jones rushed for 165 yards and a touchdown, and Jade Garth added 86 rushing yards and the other TD for Sigonella, 2-2 overall and 1-0 in III-B.
Defensively, the Jags got 13 stops from Larkin Lahr and a pair of interceptions from B.J. Washington.
Klyle Lucas was in on 15 tackles and recovered a fumble, and Ben West came up with a pass interception for Alconbury (0-4, 0-1).