MANNHEIM, Germany — Rashad Taylor rushed for 303 yards and six touchdowns Friday night to lead unbeaten Baumholder to a 41-14 Division II-North football victory over Mannheim.
“Give him a little room and he’ll take it all the way,” Baumholder guard Greg Agee said after Taylor had broken TD runs of 70 and 66 yards among his six scores.
But Taylor’s not the only problem the Bucs (3-0 overall and in II-North) pose. When the defense keyed on Taylor, Baumholder quarterback Lacross Gray connected on nine of 11 passes for 161 yards. Tight end Mike Denson grabbed five of those passes for 106 yards.
Gray, however, was more impressed with his team’s defense.
“They really stuck them,” Gray said of a unit that didn’t allow Mannheim to snap the ball on the Bucs’ side of the 50-yard line until a face-mask penalty on a second-quarter run by Tommy Spindler resulted in a 33-yard gain to the Baumholder 28. Spindler, who carried 13 times for 100 yards, scored on a 1-yard plunge six plays later to cut the Bucs’ lead to 13-7.
That was as close as Mannheim (0-3, 0-2) would come the rest of the game. With Baumholder up 34-7, the Bucs stopped Mannheim at the 1-yard line as time ran out in the half. In the third quarter, they shut out the Bison despite losing three fumbles, the last on their own 14.
Brian Boatner led the Baumholder defensive charge with 16 tackles, and Carl Roberts came up with a key interception.
Mannheim mounted an 80-yard drive against the Bucs reserves for its second score near game’s end. Josh Westover ran over from the 5 with 1:20 to go.
Walter Brown topped Bisons runners with 103 yards on 19 attempts.
In Saturday’s Division II games:
Würzburg 30, Aviano 22At Würzburg, Donald Bryant rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns, and the Wolves stopped a final Aviano drive as time ran out.
Aviano (2-1 overall and in II-South), which scored on runs by Gary Vogt and Ivan Tibbs, trailed 30-14 late in the third quarter, but closed to 30-22 after Andre Dean broke a 60-yard run.
The Saints defense, which had been giving up just six points per game, then reasserted itself, stopping two Würzburg drives inside its own 20 in the final 12 minutes.
The second of those stops came with two minutes to play, and the Saints launched a game-tying bid that ended at the Würzburg 25.
Naples 35, Vicenza 0At Naples, B.J. Taylor ran for two touchdowns and 152 yards, and T.J. Lumar and Ryan Fitzgerald each returned interceptions for TDs in a game that saw the scorekeeping end at halftime because of the DODDS-Europe courtesy rule.
Tyler Terronez hit tight end Quamaine Holliman with a 76-yard TD pass for Naples’ other first-half score.
Freshman Ryan Lastrella, just 5-foot-3, rushed 11 times for 139 yards for Naples (3-0, 2-0).
Vicenza fell to 0-3 overall and in league play.
Bitburg 28, Vilseck 21At Vilseck, Anton Harris’ second TD proved to be the game-winner as Bitburg improved to 2-1 overall in a nonconference game.
Bitburg is 1-1 in II-North after forfeiting a season-opening victory over Mannheim for using an ineligible player.
Harris, who carried 21 times for 83 yards, scored on runs of 10 and 4 yards. Quarterback Josh Collett, who tossed a 39-yard TD pass to brother Jon, led the Bitburg ground game with 114 yards on 13 carries, one of them a 45-yarder into the end zone.
Vilseck’s Rex Ray, who rushed for 138 yards, had two TD runs, one a 78-yarder. Justin Ingram scored the other one on a 5-yard run.
The Falcons defense was led by strong safety Kawika Camanse, who was in on 17 stops, and Dexter Johnson, who made a key interception.
ISB 34, SHAPE 9At SHAPE, Belgium, seven turnovers undid the home team, which gave up an 85-yard interception-return TD by Phil Feldman on the last play of the first half to fall into a 22-7 hole from which it could not recover.
It was the first of two turnover TDs for International School of Brussels (1-2, 1-2) in this II-North game. The Raiders returned a fumble 20 yards for their final TD in the fourth period.
SHAPE, which took a 7-0 lead on Michael Clampett’s 3-yard first-period run, fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in II-North. Carlos Notarianni led the Spartans ground game with 196 yards on 14 carries.
Clampett, with 14 tackles, and Jimmy Murtha, with 11, led the SHAPE defenders.