Europe Div. III-IV football roundup: AFNORTH starts strong against Würzbürg
The AFNORTH Lions, European Division III runners-up last season, served notice Saturday they intend to be in the 2007 D-III title game, too, with a 54-14 home triumph over divisional newcomer Würzburg.
Junior running back Brock Blankenship, who ran for 103 yards on only five carries, scored three times in the first 12 minutes as the Lions jumped out to a 38-0 lead in the first quarter.
Fredrick Leonard, who carried five times for 74 yards, scored AFNORTH’s other two first-quarter TDs, which activated a running clock for the rest of the game.
“The AFNORTH line held their blocks and released Brock and Fredrick into the Würzburg secondary throughout the first quarter,” AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship wrote in an e-mail.
“Brock and Fredrick ran over tacklers and outran all pursuit.”
Würzburg, a Division II school last season, got one score before halftime on a 24-yard run by Forte Cunningham, and the teams traded kickoff-return TDs in the third quarter. James Perea, who also scored on a 10-yard run later in the game, brought the kick opening the second half back 80 yards for AFNORTH; James Robinson returned the favor with a 63-yard run on the ensuing kick.
Jack Telega closed out the scoring in the nonconference game with a 67-yard run in the final quarter.
In other D-III/D-IV games on Saturday:
Hohenfels 40, Sigonella 0: At Hohenfels, Mike Tillberg threw TD passes of 44 and 60 yards, and the Tigers claimed a courtesy-rule victory as the third quarter began.
Dameon Odum, who rushed four times for 90 yards and a TD, latched onto the 44-yarder. Colby Baskins caught the other touchdown pass.
Tillberg, who also ran for a score, was 8-for-10 passing for 217 yards in the nonconference game.
Tillberg was well-protected, according to coach Ed Lynch, by his offensive line of Patrick Van Fleet, John Mesch, Chris Elliott, Patrick Akuna and Mark Caples.
Tim Salerno added a 10-yard run for the Tigers.
Brigham Gerts rushed eight times for 43 yards for Sigonella.
Baumholder 28, Rota 6: The Bucs, who dropped down from D-II this season, claimed a III-North conference victory at Rota, Spain, behind 125 rushing yards from T.J. Gray.
Fred Styles scored twice for the Bucs, who got one TD each from T.J. Gray and his brother, LaCross.
“That was a battle,” Baumholder coach Carter Hollenbeck said by phone Saturday. “They were well-prepared and well-coached and big.”
R.J. Curley scored Rota’s TD.
Hanau 39, Brussels 6: At Brussels, the Panthers collected a D-IV conference victory behind three rushing TDs from Gabe Williams and two from David Butler.
Butler ran for his scores. Williams scored on a pass reception from Butler, on a run and on a kick return.
The came was played by nine-man teams.
Brian Desrochers rushed for 100 yards and scored the TD for Brussels.
Vicenza 50, Menwith Hill 26: At Vicenza, Italy, Kyle Kaus rushed nine times for 128 yards and three TDs and returned a pass interception for a score as the host Cougars of III-South, winless last season in D-II, turned back D-IV Menwith Hill.
Quarterback Mickey Stoner ran for 92 yards and intercepted a Menwith Hill pass in a game Menwith Hill led 13-12 at halftime.
“The heat was an issue,” Vicenza coach Adam Ridgley said by telephone on Saturday. “We played a lot of freshmen and sophomores.”
Le’Shawn Adams rushed 13 times for 210 yards for Menwith Hill.
Bamberg 39, Alconbury 0: In another III-IV matchup at RAF Alconbury, England, D-III Bamberg got 167 yards rushing and three TDs from Chris Kirk, who returned an interception 80 yards for one of his scores.
Yul McGrath led the Alconbury defense with seven solo tackles and five assists.