European Division II H.S. football: ISB claims North title; Ansbach gets 28th straight win
Division II schools cleared the decks for Saturday’s collegiate testing by taking care of some significant business Friday night.
International School of Brussels clinched the North title with a 34-6 victory over AFNORTH; Bamberg turned back Hohenfels 44-3; and Vicenza battered Aviano 45-7 to set up title showdowns next weekend against Ansbach and Naples, respectively. Also, Mannheim won its first homecoming game since 2003 with a 56-22 conquest of Baumholder.
ISB 34, AFNORTH 6: At Brunssum, Netherlands, Gino Culotta ran for 229 yards and three TDs and returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown to assure the Raiders (4-0 overall, 2-0 II-North) of a home game in the D-II European quarterfinals on Oct. 24. It was the second straight week Culotta rushed for more than 200 yards. He burned SHAPE for 278 yards last week.
ISB closes its regular season Friday night at Aviano.
AFNORTH (2-2, 0-1), the 2008 European D-III champion elevated to D-II this season, closes its regular season Saturday at SHAPE. A victory would likely assure AFNORTH a visitors’ berth in the D-II quarterfinals.
Bamberg 44, Hohenfels 3: At Bamberg, Zarquel Webb ran for two touchdowns, Jon Reid passed for two and Danny Kieser ran for one score and returned a fumble 23 yards for his second TD of the night as Bamberg set up a home showdown for the II-East title on Friday night against Ansbach.
D.J. Cunningham and Josh Torres caught Reid’s TD strikes, but the big play of the night came from Forte Cunningham, who broke a 68-yard scoring run.
In addition to deciding which II-East team will play at home in the European quarterfinals on Oct. 24, Friday night’s game at Bamberg also has historical implications. Bamberg is the only team which can deny three-time European champion Ansbach a DODDS-Europe-record 29th straight victory. Ansbach beat Naples 44-7 Saturday to tie the mark it set in 2002-2005.
Florian Davis kicked a 47-yard field goal for Hohenfels (0-4, 0-2 in II-East), which is to host Mannheim in its regular-season finale on Saturday.
Mannheim 56, Baumholder 22: At Mannheim, Nathan Nichols passed for two TDs, and Trevin Hampton ran for two to lift the Bison (2-2, 1-1 in II-West) to a 41-0 halftime lead. Kenyatta Hill and Jacob Lankford hauled in Nichols’ TD tosses.
Mannheim’s Julius Phillips chalked up three tackles for losses, and Thomas Carter intercepted two passes as Mannheim consigned Baumholder to its fourth loss in four games.
The Bucs (0-1 II-West) close the regular season Saturday at Bitburg. Mannheim plays at winless Hohenfels on Saturday and would likely clinch a playoff berth with a victory.
In Saturday’s D-II play:
Ansbach 44, Naples 7: At Ansbach, Alex Moya and Shaun Francis each ran for two touchdowns as the Cougars won their 28th straight game, tying the ir DODDS-Europe record. Moya, who carried 15 times for 135 yards, scored his TDs in the first half as Ansbach (4-0) took a 20-0 lead at intermission. The Cougars put the game way with a 24-point third quarter built around a 78-yard TD run by senior quarterback Dominic Barrale, a 34-yard TD run by Francis, and a 4 yard TD run by Mikael Vicente.
Barrale rushed eight times for 136 yards and completed 7-of-9 passes for 100 yards. Francis, who found the end zone of two of his three carries of the day, gained 52 yards.
Naples (1-3), which got 16 tackles from Stirling Sheppard, scored in the fourth quarter on a run by Logan Porchie.