HOHENFELS, Germany – On paper, the matchup between Hohenfels and International School of Brussels seemed the most evenly-matched of Saturday’s four DODDS-Europe Division II quarterfinal games.
On the field, it was exactly that.
The host Hohenfels Tigers needed every yard they could muster from star running back David Vidovic and emerging backfield partner Tony Seamtomas to eliminate ISB with a gritty 38-28 victory.
Vidovic carried 25 times for 209 yards and three touchdowns, while Seamtomas got 16 carries for 123 yards and two scores. The pair also headlined the defense, with Vidovic making a team-high 14 tackles and Seantomas adding eight tackles and an interception.
While Hohenfels kept to the turf, ISB launched its counterattack primarily through the air.
Quarterback Marshall Kontos completed 12 passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Stefan Anderson caught three of those passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns, while Tim Overeem caught four balls for 57 yards and a score. Loris Hezemans chipped in 126 rushing yards and Pearce Keesling scored a rushing touchdown.
Overeem led all defenders with 16 tackles, while Jay Adamitis added 11.
With the win, the Tigers reach a new peak in an up-and-down season that is now just one win away from a Division II title shot. Hohenfels won its first two games, lost its next two, and is now riding new momentum after clinching a playoff berth Oct. 5 and advancing on Saturday. But the next step is a formidable one: an Oct. 26 visit to four-time defending champion Bitburg.
ISB clinched its playoff berth on Oct. 12 with a 46-14 win over Alconbury; despite Saturday’s loss, the Raiders completed an abrupt turnaround from a one-win 2012 season.