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BRUSSELS, Belgium – The AFNORTH Lions remained winless Saturday, but you’d have a hard time persuading International School of Brussels of that after the Raiders pulled out a 33-28 victory on Friday night.“It was an extremely hard-fought game with the lead changing many times,” ISB coach Wil Vreugdenhil wrote in a Saturday morning email. “We were leading 20-14 at half, then the Lions took the lead and were dominating the third quarter…”How dominating was the Lions’ third period?“ISB ran only four offensive plays during the whole third quarter,” Vreugdenhil reported, “and AFNORTH forced two fumbles.”Vreugdenhil, whose offense was led by Matias Bifani (20 rushes, 177 yards and a touchdown), Vinny Culotta (nine rushes, 78 yards and a TD, two TD receptions), and quarterback Marshall Kontos, who completed five-of nine for 62 yards and three TDs, finally took the lead at 33-28 with 5:30 left in the game.Tim Overeem caught three passes for a total of 53 yards and a TD for ISB, 2010 European Division II semifinalist.Dante Brown, who rushed for 131 yards on 17 carries and caught a TD pass, spearheaded the AFNORTH defense which stifled ISB in the third quarter. He ended the game with 17 tackles. Teammate Tony Legare, who gained 87 yards on 12 carries from his fullback position, added nine stops for AFNORTH (0-3 overall, 0-2 in Division II-North.But the Lions weren’t the only ones playing industrial-strength defense Friday. ISB came up with two turnovers inside the Raiders’ own 10-yard line, according to AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship.Culotta, who forced a fumble, was credited with 20 tackles and his teammate Thomas White with 13. Bifani, who made eight tackles, forced one fumble and recovered another, according to Vreugdenhil, and his Raiders (1-0, 1-0) needed every one of them to hold off an AFNORTH attack which got 112 passing yards and 44 rushing yards from quarterback J.D. Pollock, who ran for one TD and passed for two.AFNORTH is scheduled for a bye week this Saturday; ISB is to host another winless team, SHAPE this Friday.


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