Rising Bitburg and powerful Hanau moved into the European Division II championship game with victories Saturday.
Bitburg (5-2) defeated two-time defending champion SHAPE 31-24 and Hanau (7-0) pounded Patch 46-11.
Bitburg 31, SHAPE 24At SHAPE, Belgium, Corey Legister ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns as the Barons avenged a 28-8 loss this season to the Spartans (5-2).
Legister’s second score, a 42-yarder in the third quarter, put the Barons ahead to stay 18-16.
Touchdown runs by Chris Ramos and Alquel Hodges increased the margin to 31-16 and allowed Bitburg the cushion to withstand a 33-yard fumble return for a score by Mike Clampitt in the closing minutes.
After Bitburg took an early 6-0 lead on Josh Kollette’s TD plunge, SHAPE took a 16-6 lead on TD runs of 41 and 43 yards by Zack Robiego, who carried just five times for 104 yards.
Legister’s first TD cut the margin to 16-12 at halftime.
Hodges and Kollette had two interceptions apiece for Bitburg, which got 13 tackles from Pito Messino.
Doug O’Meara had 19 tackles, Clampitt contributed 12 and Jimmy Murtha added 10 to lead SHAPE’s defense.
Hanau 46, Patch 11At Hanau, Malcolm Lane outscored Patch’s J.D. Lindsay in a battle of All-European players.
Lane rushed for 244 yards on 19 carries and returned an interception 70 yards for one of his five touchdowns.
Lindsay completed 24 of 38 passes for 259 yards. Lindsay also made eight tackles for Patch (4-3).
Hanau quarterback Ivan James’ only completion in eight pass attempts was a 20-yard TD to Trey Render. Aaron Ellison ran for 65 yards and a TD for Hanau, which led 21-3 at halftime.