Europe Div. III football: AFNORTH edges Rota on Wilson’s overtime plunge
Brandon Wilson followed Mike West’s block into the end zone in overtime Saturday to hand the AFNORTH Lions a 20-14 victory over Rota in the Division III-North showdown at Brunssum, Netherlands.
AFNORTH, which sacked Rota quarterback Jimmy Montflury on all four downs during the Admirals’ OT possession, improved to 3-0 in the league while Rota dropped to 2-1.
Rota forced overtime with 40 seconds left in regulation, when Montflury hit Jeff Shelton with a 30-yard TD pass to close to 14-12. Shelton then made a diving catch of Montflury’s two-point pass.
AFNORTH trailed 6-0 early after a TD run by Jessie Luvert. But the Lions took an 8-6 halftime lead on Wilson’s 5-yard TD run, set up by a 14-yard burst by Brock Blankenship that made it first-and-goal. Blankenship, who had 107 yards on 19 carries, ran in the two-pointer to put AFNORTH ahead.
Rota’s Luvert finished with 97 yards on 18 carries.
In other Division III games:
Ansbach 46, Bamberg 6At Bamberg on Friday night, Josh Hale, John Willis and Xavier Sheppard each ran for two touchdowns as the league-leading Cougars improved to 3-0 overall and in III-South.
Hale, who also caught a two-point conversion pass from Willis, covered 30 and 56 yards on his TD runs; Sheppard, who carried 13 times for 107 yards, reached the end zone from 10 and 20 yards out, and quarterback Willis scored on keepers of 1 and 3 yards and ran in a two-point conversion. Shane Williams ran for three Ansbach two-pointers.
Bamberg (2-1, 2-1) cut the second-quarter deficit to 16-6 on a 45-yard TD pass from Dillon Baker to Josh Frank. Baker finished six of 20 for 125 yards. Bamberg got 74 rushing yards from Adam Worrell, who rushed 14 times.
Hanau 44, Giessen 6At Giessen, Corey Lane scored three touchdowns, and Timothy Marshall two as the Panthers (2-1, 2-1) continued to rebound from a season-opening loss at Ansbach.
Giessen (0-3, 0-3) got its TD in the fourth quarter on a 65-yard fumble return by Tim Fleming.
Hohenfels 51, Sigonella 14At Hohenfels, Dameon Odum broke a 58-yard TD run on the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage to ignite a 25-0 first-quarter run that got Hohenfels (2-1, 2-1) rolling.
Odum added a second TD on a 12-yard run, also in the first quarter, and returned a punt 48 yards for a third score to put Hohenfels up 43-0 in the second period. The return followed a 60-yard scoring pass from Michael Tilberg to B.J. Denson.
Tilberg had 193 yards passing.
Adam Presnell sneaked for two touchdowns for Sigonella (0-3, 0-3).
Brussels 37, London Central 20At High Wycombe, England, Brussels ruined London Central’s last football homecoming with a come-from-behind victory Saturday.
London Central’s Dee Marbury, who rushed 23 times for 111 yards and two TDs and hit four of nine passes for 91 yards and a third TD, had given the Bobcats a 20-16 halftime lead. But Brussels rallied for 21 unanswered second-half points.