Naples tops Schweinfurt to finish in three-way tie
NAPLES, Italy – The Naples Wildcats broke Kyle Baldree loose for first-quarter TD runs of 90 and 85 yards Saturday en route to a 29-0 whitewash of the Schweinfurt Razorbacks.Baldree, who ran for 225 yards in the first half, had another apparent 80-plus-yard TD run in the initial stanza called back, according to Naples coach Dirk Lambertson, for a block in the back.Isaiah Wesby caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Joseph Pitts as Naples (4-1) went up 29-0 at the half and turned things over to their reserves.Jordan Gonzalez intercepted three Schweinfurt passes to help the Naples defense, which got 10 tackles from linebacker Sam LeVault and five more from Wesby, shut out the Razorbacks in the final game of their initial season of DODDS-Europe football. Schweinfurt, which opened its doors for the first time in August, completed its season at 1-4.Despite the dominating performance, Naples drew just the No. 3 seed in Division II-South and will have to travel to International School of Brussels this weekend for a European D-II quarterfinal game.Although, Naples, Ansbach and Aviano all finished their II-South campaigns at 4-1, a points-differential tiebreaker which allows a maximum differential for any game of 13 points had Ansbach seeded No. 1 in the league and Aviano second. Both of those teams earned home games in this weekend’s quarterfinals. Ansbach is to host SHAPE and Aviano Baumholder.Ansbach lost by a single point to Naples, but claimed the maximum 13 points against Aviano in Friday’s 70-42 shootout for a plus-12 margin against the other two. Aviano, which beat Naples in Naples 16-3 two weeks ago, had a zero total differential – plus-13 vs. Naples and minus-13 vs. Ansbach. Naples, which beat Ansbach on the road 41-40 the previous week, earned a plus-one for that game but a minus-13 for its loss to Aviano for a total of minus-12.