European Div. II football: ISB stops Patch, goes to semifinals
Adam Shpiro knocked down a J.D. Lindsay pass in the end zone on the final play of the game Saturday as the International School of Brussels Raiders defeated the visiting Patch Panthers 27-19 to advance to the semifinals of the European Division II playoffs.
Shpiro’s play came after Philip Lipman’s 40-yard touchdown run moments earlier had given ISB breathing room. It was the second TD run for Lipman (19 carries, 103 yards), and helped the Raiders stay unbeaten (6-0).
ISB’s Sebastian Steege, stepping in for the injured Drew Thigpen, rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on his 14 carries. Defensively, he sacked Patch quarterback J.D. Lindsay twice.
Lindsay (18-for-29, 214 yards) passed for all three Patch TDs, one to Matt Carr and the other two to Neil Griffin.
Andrew Vanderlind intercepted Lindsay’s pass on the ISB goal line in the second quarter to thwart a potential score for Patch (2-4).
The Raiders, who got 11 tackles each from Steege and Dan Kubis, will host Hanau this Saturday in the Division II semifinals.
In other Division II quarterfinal games Saturday:
Naples 40, London Central 0
At Naples, the Wildcats cruised to a mercy-rule victory over the visiting Bobcats.
The Wildcats scored on their first possession, a 14-play drive capped by Jason McKechnie’s 6-yard touchdown run. McKechnie (21 carries, 122 yards) also had a 34-yard run during the drive. Tyler White added the extra point to make it 7-0.
London Central fumbled on its second play from scrimmage, and Michael Aque plucked the ball out of the air and raced 30 yards for a touchdown. White’s PAT made it 14-0.
“That was a back-breaker,” Naples coach Jim Hall said. “They made us work hard on that first drive, then they fumbled on their second play.”
Tyler Terrenz hit Mark Peryear with a 24-yard pass at 9:52 of the second quarter to put the Wildcats up 20-0. Terrenz was 6-for-9 for 108 yards and two scores.
Naples scored twice more before the half: a 60-yard run by Charles Cleveland and a 23-yard TD pass from Ben Stevenson to Chris Younissi.
The Wildcats (5-1) led 34-0 at halftime.
The game ended at 5:41 of the third quarter when Terrenz hit Peryear with a 31-yard scoring strike to make it 40-0.
On the defensive side, Aque has eight tackles, while Matt Briegel added 7 takedowns and a fumble recovery.
Naples will host SHAPE in the semifinals.
London Central (2-4) had only eight first downs. The Bobcats committed five turnovers.
Hanau 50, Bitburg 23
At Hanau, the Panthers advanced to a semifinal game at International School of Brussels by outscoring the Barons 29-2 after halftime.
Malcolm Lane rushed for 144 yards and scored three touchdowns for Hanau (4-2). Two of those TDs came on 140 of his 155 return yards as he broke a kickoff return for 80 yards and a punt return for 60 yards.
Hanau also scored on a 35-yard interception return by Ivan James, a 12-yard pass from Ketrone Blanks to Marcus Fontanez and a 1-yard plunge by Aaron Ellison. Ellison’s score was set up when Drew King returned a Bitburg fumble 80 yards to the Bitburg 1-yard line.
The Barons (3-3) got two TD runs and a safety from Brandon Morales and a rushing TD from Arquel Hodges.
SHAPE 27, Vilseck 0
At SHAPE, the Spartans broke open a scoreless tie at halftime with 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
After the Spartans (5-1) scored on a 55-yard pass play from Sean Corcoran to Joe Puttman to make it 7-0 going into the final 12 minutes, kicker Marvin Coombs provided breathing room with two field goals in the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter.
Danny Camarena, who rushed 15 times for 93 yards, and Richard Rendon tacked on late TD runs to put SHAPE into the semifinals.
“Our defense played a tough game,” SHAPE coach Kregg Kappenman said. “They gave us time for our offense to click.”
Puttman (two interceptions), Doug O’Meara (interception), and Zach Robiego and Ben Frank (fumble recoveries) spearheaded the SHAPE shutout.
Kappenman also praised the defense for Vilseck (2-4).
“They had really quick linebackers,” said Kappenman, whose Spartans will travel to Naples this Saturday. “They caused us lots of problems until we figured out what they were doing.”