Europe Div. II football: Baumholder edges defending champ SHAPE
Rashad Taylor completed a halfback option pass to Michael Walker for a 54-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the game Saturday, then ran 62 yards for a score in the final period to give visiting Baumholder a 14-7 victory over two-time defending European Division II champion SHAPE.
“We played with a lot of heart and a lot of spirit,” said Baumholder coach Carter Hollenbeck, whose team was elevated to D-II just before the season began and is the smallest school in the league.
Taylor, who carried 26 times for 197 yards, tacked on a two-point conversion run after his TD burst as Baumholder (3-1 overall, 2-1 in II-North) moved into a three-way tie for first in the conference with SHAPE and International School of Brussels with one game left in the season.
SHAPE (3-1, 2-1) led 7-6 after three quarters on Doug O’Meara’s 3-yard run and Phillip Border’s PAT kick six minutes into the first period. But it could not find the end zone again against the Baumholder defense, which was led by 14 tackles and two fumble recoveries by Antonio Muzon and 17 tackles by Taylor.
Jimmy Murtha led SHAPE with 15 stops; O’Meara had 14 and an interception and Mike Clampett also had 14 tackles.
In other Division II games on Saturday:
ISB 27, Mannheim 14At Brussels, Sebastian Steege ran 21 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns and came up with the defensive play of the game for International School of Brussels (3-1, 3-1).
With ISB trailing 14-12 and Mannheim driving with just over two minutes left in the first half, Steege recovered a Mannheim fumble on ISB’s 16-yard line. ISB then raced down the field, with Steege going into the end zone from 36 yards and running in the two-point conversion for a 20-14 halftime lead.
Mannheim took a lead on Ricky Gardner’s 63-yard TD run on its first possession and a 1-yard plunge in the second period by Joel Williams.
ISB answered both drives with marches of its own. All-Europe running back Philip Lipman, who rushed 15 times for 104 yards, scored on a 3-yard run to cap the first drive; Steege completed the second with a 14-yard scamper.
ISB put the game away after halftime on a 29-yard TD pass from Raphael Steege to Drew Gilliam. It then turned the game over to a defense led by 14 tackles from Patrick Thigpen, 13 by Sebastian Steege and 12 by Lipman.
Gardner carried the ball 21 times for 160 yards for Mannheim (0-4, 0-3).
Bitburg 47, Vilseck 8At Bitburg, Alquel Hodges returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, passed to Nick Brown for another and scored on runs of 34 and 10 yards as Bitburg (2-2, 1-2) romped.
Cory Legister also ran for two TDs for Bitburg, while Simon Shaw added a 71-yard TD run.
Against a Bitburg defense led by six solo tackles for a loss by Chris Ramos, eight tackles each from Legister and Colin Huffaker, and Patrick Hardy’s 20-yard interception return, Vilseck managed only Colin Jordan’s 31-yard TD pass to Dexter Johnson in the fourth quarter.
Naples 35, Patch 34At Naples, Will Carrico and Michale Lafuente batted down a two-point conversion pass attempt with 2:11 to play to preserve the II-South victory.
All-Europe quarterback J.D. Lindsay, who completed 24 of 31 passes for 368 yards, had just completed his fifth TD pass of the afternoon, this one to Archie Barnes, before the decisive play.
But Barnes drew double-coverage on the unsuccessful two-point play.
Lindsay, who had given Patch (2-2 overall and in II-South) an early 6-0 lead with an 18-yard scoring pass to Matt Karr, brought his team back from a 20-6 second-quarter deficit with TD passes of 51 yards to Karr, 40 to Brandon Bingley and 22 to Justin Bentley.
“They got behind and had to go to the air,” said Naples coach Jim Hall. “They did a great job.”
Lindsay’s pass to Bentley gave Patch a 28-27 lead at the end of three quarters.
But Naples quarterback Tyler Terronez, who earlier had thrown TD passes to Danilo Stewart and Zach Main, completed a two-point conversion pass to Jason McKechnie with 10:35 left to give the Wildcats a 35-28 lead. The play followed McKenchie’s 4-yard TD run.
Austin Webb, who carried 26 times for 218 yards, ran for two TDs for Naples (3-1 overall and in II-South).
Hanau 38, Aviano 22At Aviano, All-Europe running back Malcolm Lane ran for one touchdown, and Ivan James threw TD passes to Lane and Trey Render in the first 12 minutes to get Hanau (4-0, 3-0) rolling.
James added a third TD pass in the second period, this one to Render for 20 yards, and Micah Williams ran 13 yards for the first of his two rushing TDs as Hanau took a 32-6 halftime lead.
Williams made it 38-6 after halftime before Aviano (1-3, 1-2) scored two touchdowns in the final 12 minutes.
QB Gary Vogt, who completed a 91-yard TD pass to Andre Dean to open the second quarter, completed two more scoring strikes to Dean, and Colton Dewanger and Kyle Hernandez tackled a Hanau ball carrier in the end zone for a safety.
Vogt finished 18-for-27 for 322 yards and three TDs, but was intercepted four times.
Hanau’s James was 9-for-16 for 203 yards and three TDs. He was intercepted three times by Aviano’s Ivan Tibbs.