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Baumholder's Camron McDonald was named defensive MVP but also did his share of damage on offense, despite the best efforts of Spangdahlem's Brenden Castillo, who tries to make the tackle on this play in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game at Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Oct. 30, 2021.
Baumholder's Camron McDonald was named defensive MVP but also did his share of damage on offense, despite the best efforts of Spangdahlem's Brenden Castillo, who tries to make the tackle on this play in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game at Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Oct. 30, 2021. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Those watching Baumholder run a double reverse Saturday couldn’t be faulted if they thought it bore some resemblance to a track relay team.

Senior Anthony Willis, named offensive most valuable player, and junior Camron McDonald, the defensive MVP, do indeed plan to compete on the track in the spring. They will have far less room to maneuver there than they do in six-man football.

“Six-man football is all about speed,” Spangdahlem coach Terry Hoffman said after watching Baumholder race past his team 70-50 in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game Saturday.

Baumholder's Anthony Willis was a terror for Baumholder, running around, through and over Spangdahlem defenders en route to being named offensive MVP in the DODEA-Europe Division III tile game at Kaiserslautern, Germany on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.
Baumholder's Anthony Willis was a terror for Baumholder, running around, through and over Spangdahlem defenders en route to being named offensive MVP in the DODEA-Europe Division III tile game at Kaiserslautern, Germany on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

Every time the Sentinels reached the end zone, Willis or McDonald seemed to have a response.

And it wasn’t a good one for Spangdahlem.

McDonald scored twice by picking up fumbles and racing down the field in the first quarter, which was played under a steady drizzle that made the ball a bit slippery. Willis scored on a 52-yard run on fourth-and-9, weaving all over the field. Then he ran back a kickoff 78 yards in much the same fashion.

Spangdahlem's Adam Jalomo ran right through the Baumholder defense on the game's first play from scrimmage for a 50-yard touchdown in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Spangdahlem's Adam Jalomo ran right through the Baumholder defense on the game's first play from scrimmage for a 50-yard touchdown in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

A extra point by Justin Rodriguez after that play made the score 27-14 at the end of the first quarter. Though they’d score six more times, the Sentinels wouldn’t get closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Willis added second-half scoring jaunts of 37, 65 and 63 yards and set up a 1-yard score from McDonald with a 32-yard scamper. The two also connected on a 54-yard pass play for a touchdown late in the game. Junior Quadre Willis added a 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Spangdahlem’s Adam Jalomo showed off a bit of speed himself, with a 50-yard run on the first play from scrimmage to open the scoring and an 83-yard touchdown return to end it. Quarterback Jalien Jackson threw scoring passes of 5 yards to Carson Hicks, 41 and 15 yards to Carson Landers and 43 yards to Kian Williams. And Hicks scored on a 23-yard run. But all that and a safety remarkably fell a few scores short.

Baumholder’s Camron McDonald — eventually named the game’s defensive MVP — scoops up one of his two fumble return touchdowns on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game at Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Baumholder’s Camron McDonald — eventually named the game’s defensive MVP — scoops up one of his two fumble return touchdowns on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game at Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

The Buccaneers, who only had 12 players in uniform, didn’t even admit to being that tired after the game.

“We knew we were going to be outnumbered all year,” coach Richard Peterson said. “So we spend at least 30 minutes on conditioning every practice.”

Anthony Willis did certainly look winded at times during the game. But he brushed it off afterwards.

Spangdahlem's Adam Jalomo runs into a teammate while he's surrounded by Baumhlder Bucs on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game at Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Spangdahlem's Adam Jalomo runs into a teammate while he's surrounded by Baumhlder Bucs on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game at Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

He said he had only played 11-man football before coming to Baumholder. But he said there weren’t as many differences between the two formats as some people might think.

“You just have fewer people on the field to watch out for,” he said.

Baumholder's Anthony Willis didn't always have open space to work in Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game. But when he did, no one stopped him from scoring.
Baumholder's Anthony Willis didn't always have open space to work in Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in the DODEA-Europe Division III title game. But when he did, no one stopped him from scoring. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for almost 38 years.
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