Ansbach, the two-time defending European Division III champion, celebrated its inaugural season as a D-II school by claiming the II-South crown with a 52-15 victory at Aviano on Friday night.
All-Europe quarterback John Willis and his backup, Dominic Barrale, each threw a touchdown pass in a game the Cougars led 24-7 at halftime. Willis completed six of 10 passes for 113 yards; Barrale was 5-for-5 for 67 yards.
Ansbach (4-0 overall and in II-South) closes out its regular season against two II-North teams and will then host the II-North runner-up Oct. 27 in a European Division II semifinal.
Kyle Hernandez, who also recovered two fumbles, passed for both TDs for the Saints (2-2, 1-1 in II-South.)
Ansbach’s Kevin Stadler led all tacklers with 10, while teammate Storm Freeman had seven.
In other games involving Division I and II schools and played Saturday:
Naples 28, Vilseck 27: At Vilseck, Naples stacked up quarterback Justin Ingram on an attempted two-point conversion run on the final play of the game to preserve the II-South victory.
With the Falcons (1-3, 0-2 in II-South) trailing 28-21, Ingram, who had tossed a 5-yard scoring pass earlier in the game, hit Angelo Anderson with a 30-yard scoring pass as time ran out to set up the final play.
Ryan Fitzgerald ran for two TDs for Naples (3-1, 1-1), while Dwayne Newby, who carried 37 times for 161 yards, and Tyler Hall accounted for the Wildcats’ other TDs.
Fitzgerald paced the Naples defense with 13 tackles; defensive end Sam Person hurried Ingram seven times and David Landon recovered a fumble.
Jamal Grant returned a kick 77 yards for a Vilseck TD and Ramon Ramirez, who rushed 17 times for 128 yards, scored the other. Andrew Feazelle had 22 tackles for Vilseck, which got 10 stops from Shane Calder and an interception from Josh Frank.
Wiesbaden 44, Patch 14: At Wiesbaden, quarterback Terrell Harper passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third as the Warriors (3-1 overall, 2-0 in II-North) tuned up for a showdown this Saturday at Bitburg.
Thomas Geddings, who also ran for a TD, caught one of the TD passes from Harper, who finished 9-for-14 for 203 yards. Derek Brown pulled in the other.
Ron Peebles carried 21 times for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Huckaba added a rushing TD for Wiesbaden.
Brandon Perry did all the scoring for Patch (0-4, 0-2 in II-South). Perry, who accounted for 332 all-purpose yards, rushed for 125 yards and a TD, returned a punt 75 yards and ran for a two-point conversion.
Defensively, Harper and Thomas Krause proved major thorns in the side of Patch QB Justin Phelps. On a day Phelps completed seven of 14 passes for 120 yards, Harper intercepted him twice and Krause sacked him. Brown and Jamil McGinnis each posted nine tackles for Wiesbaden.
SHAPE 27, Mannheim 6: At Mannheim, Allen Steele scored three TDs and Jim Drago one as the Spartans evened their overall record at 2-2 and their II-North conference mark at 1-1.
Jimmy Murtha, with 18 tackles, and Brandon Gerding, with three sacks, led SHAPE’s defense.
Mannheim (1-3, 0-3) scored on a 10-yard, fourth-quarter run by Jason Sampson.
Kaiserslautern 41, Lakenheath 0: At Kaiserslautern, Thomas Bolton threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score as the Red Raiders (2-2, 1-2 in Div. 1) routed the Lancers (1-3, 0-3).
Jordan Dodgen caught two of the scoring passes and returned an interception for a third TD for Kaiserslautern, which also got TD runs from Josiah Baldwin and Khairi Smith.
Bolton amassed 242 passing yards but was picked off by five different Lancers — Chuck Pope, Leon Jennings, Eric Douglas, Eddie Alford and Chris Grimsley. The Red Raiders answered with five takeaways of their own — an interception and fumble recovery by Russell Bryant and fumble recoveries by Brian Akin, Nick Yokum and Anthony Perry.