Europe Div. III football: Hohenfels remains unbeaten with win against Bamberg
Damion Odum returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown Friday night, launching the unbeaten Hohenfels Tigers to a 29-6 Division III-South home win against Bamberg.
Jason Parks threw touchdown passes of five and 19 yards to B.J. Denson for the Tigers, who will take a 4-0 record into this Friday night’s home game against three-time defending European D-III champion Ansbach.
Parks completed 6 of 10 passes for 29 yards; Denson got into the passing column when he completed a two-point conversion pass to Stephen Washington following his first TD catch.
The Tigers’ fourth TD came on a 5-yard run by Washington in the second period that put the Tigers up 29-6 at intermission.
Bamberg’s score resulted from a 55-yard pass play from Marvin Gholston to Josh Franks in the second quarter.
Turnovers hamstrung both teams after halftime, according to Hohenfels coach Shawn Rodman. Hohenfels committed three of them in the scoreless second half; Bamberg four.
Gholston finished 5-for-8 for 123 yards for Bamberg (2-2); his teammate T.J. Stuckey led all rushers with 110 yards on 17 carries.
Washington topped Hohenfels with 81 rushing yards on 10 carries; Brandon Merriweather added 56 yards on eight carries.
Bamberg’s John Orton and Adam Worrell each were credited with 11 tackles; Worrell also recovered a fumble.
Matt Apodaca led the Hohenfels defense with 10 tackles.
In Saturday’s other Division III games:
Ansbach 45, Giessen 6At Ansbach, John Willis-Morris returned a punt 70 yards for a TD, ran 4 yards for a second score and passed 27 yards to Zach Harmon for a third TD as the Cougars won their DODDS-Europe record 28th straight game.
Xavier Sheppard and Chris Melton added TD runs for Ansbach (4-0, 4-0). Lee Rodriguez completed Ansbach’s scoring by falling on a fumble in the Giessen end zone.
Willis-Morris, a sophomore, completed 6 of 17 passes for 133 yards. Teammate Melton led all rushers with 127 yards on 20 carries.
Giessen (1-3, 1-3) posted its TD in the third period when junior C.J. Battle, stepping in at quarterback for his ejected brother, Tim, hit Lester Banks on a slant route for an 8-yard TD.
AFNORTH 40, London Central 14At Brunssum, Jared Waters rushed 22 times for 182 yards and two TDs as the unbeaten Lions clinched the III-North regular-season crown.
According to AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship, London Central (2-2) put nine men on the line in a bid to slow Waters, who was held to fewer than 200 yards for the first time this season. He has 1,070 yards for the season.
AFNORTH (4-0, 4-0) responded by springing Sascha Miller for 72 receiving yards and 52 rushing. Miller ran for one TD, caught a pass for a second and returned an interception for a third.
Miller, Mike Chase (10 tackles). Alex Allera (nine tackles, one sack), Brock Blankenship (eight tackles, one sack) and Brandon Rusch handled most of the defense against London Central, which left without providing details of its effort.
Rota 40, Menwith Hill 12At Rota, Jessie Luvert and Tyrell Boddie each rushed for more than 100 yards and two TDs as for the Admirals (2-2).
Luvert carried 25 times for 175 yards and Boddie 13 for 120, and Koji Silk kicked two field goals in the romp. Zach Hudson returned a pass interception for another Rota TD.
LeShawn Adams ran for both TDs for Menwith Hill (2-2), one of them a 70-yarder.