Europe Div. II football: Naples pounds Baumholder, Bitburg blasts Vilseck in semis
Bitburg and Naples claimed decisive home victories in Division II semifinal games and moved into this Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game.
Bitburg beat Vilseck 39-0 in a game in which the scorekeeping ended in the third quarter. Naples thumped Baumholder 37-8.
Bitburg 39, Vilseck 0Anton Harris rushed for 249 yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters, and Bitburg quarterback Josh Collett also scored twice.
Harris, who carried 35 times, scored on rushes of 69 and 5 yards, and Collett, who carried seven times for 56 yards, broke a 27-yard run to the end zone and returned a punt 50 yards for a second TD.
Chris Ramos ended the scoring with a 2-yard run in the third quarter.
Despite all that offense, Bitburg coach Mike Laue said the story of the day was the Barons’ defense. Bitburg sacked the Vilseck quarterback nine times and intercepted two passes on the way to shutting out a team that had scored 151 points in its previous three games.
“This was a good game to prepare us for Naples,” Laue said. “They run the ball a lot, but they’ve got a good passer, too.”
Frank Moya and Jamie Watts, who was in on 13 tackles, each had three sacks for Bitburg (6-1).
Vilseck (3-4) got 94 rushing yards from Rex Ray and eight tackles each from Shane Calder and Trey White. Dawika Camanse and Dexter Johnson each recovered a fumble.
Naples 37, Baumholder 8B.J. Taylor ran for 131 yards and a touchdown, and Ryan Fitzgerald and freshman Ryan Lastrella each had two TD runs for the Wildcats.
Dwayne Robinson had a 1-yard run for another score for Naples (7-0).
Baumholder (5-2) did all its scoring in the final stanza. Bryan Boatner, who was in on 12 tackles, made one of them for a safety, and Rashad Taylor, who gained 111 yards on 15 carries, scored on a 32-yard run.
Taylor also had an interception, as did teammates True Davis and Carl Roberts.
J.R. Prefusia and John Whitley each intercepted two passes and Will Carrico and Evan Bragg picked off a pass apiece for Naples.