AFNORTH scored 24 points in the third quarter Saturday and went on to a 32-26 Division III-North victory over Baumholder in a battle of unbeatens at Baumholder.
James Perea did the heavy lifting in the Lions’ rally, which erased a 12-0 Baumholder halftime lead.
Perea returned a punt 49 yards for a TD and caught a 38-yard pass from Frederick Leonard fo another. Kyle Higgins started the rally with a 50-yard interception return for a TD, one of eight Baumholder turnovers in the game.
AFNORTH (4-0, 1-0 in III-North) put the game away with a 60-yard interception return for a TD by E.J. Ruiz in the fourth quarter. Brock Blankenship, who rushed 21 times for 171 yards and made 17 tackles, capped the play with his fourth two-point conversion run.
The Bucs (3-1 overall, 1-1 in III-North) had built their lead on a TD pass from LaCross Gray to Fred Styles and a 1-yard run by Gray.
Gray cut the deficit to 24-18 at the end of the third quarter on a four-yard scoring run, and hit Prince Owasu with a 15-yard scoring toss with 15 seconds to play.
T.J. Gray led Baumholder rushers with 97 yards on 20 carries.
In other Division III and IV games Saturday:
Bamberg 26, Würzburg 8: At Bamberg, turnovers made the difference as Andrew Spencer returned one fumble 50 yards for a touchdown and Torey Johnson took another 80 yards for a score.
The Barons (3-1 overall, 1-1 in III-South) also capped two of their three pass interceptions with short TD runs by Spencer and Jason Chun.
Kevin Brown, Milton Roberts and Julian Ardley pulled off the thefts for Bamberg, which got 13 tackles from Spencer.
Würzburg (0-4, 0-2) was led by James Robinson’s 21 rushes for 123 yards, Forte Cunningham’s 6-of-9 passing for 68 yards and Cortez Lindsey’s three receptions for 23 yards.
Hohenfels 38, Vicenza 0: At rain-soaked Vicenza, Italy, Dameon Odum rushed 15 times for 210 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers evened their record at 2-2 and won their opening Division III-South game.
Colby Baskins rushed six times for 97 yards and three TDs and Michael Tillberg carried eight times for 100 yards and a TD as Hohenfels racked up 517 rushing yards against Vicenza (3-1, 1-1).
Rota 71, Sigonella 20: At Sigonella, the Jaguars’ Horace Williams broke a 75-yard TD run in the game’s opening minute, only to see the Admirals (3-1, 1-1 in III-North) respond with 57 unanswered points.
Jeff Shelton got the onslaught started with an 80-yard kickoff return for a TD. Rota QB James Montfluery put the Admirals ahead to stay on a two-point pass to James Stovall and then hit Stovall with a 15-yard TD pass.
Before Sigonella (0-4, 0-1) scored again, Rota broke Montfluery loose for two TD runs and R.J. Curley, Ian Payne, Mark Farrish and Dan Innes had one each.
After a kick return set Sigonella up on the Rota 4, Marco Summerfield ran in the Jaguars’ second TD, and James Ervin followed with a 70-yard TD pass to James Campbell.
Rota’s Alan Dowden ended the scoring with a 30-yard TD run.
Hanau 48, Alconbury 7: Hanau played the last football game ever on its field to near perfection.
Quarterback David Butler led the way, completing five-of-five passes for 98 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers led 40-0 at halftime. Alconbury elected to play the second half with a running clock, according to Hanau coach Sam Cassou.
Gabe Williams, who rushed five times for 83 yards and a TD, caught a 65-yard scoring pass. Spencer Miller, who ran nine times for 89 yards and a TD, and Emmanuel Moore caught the other TD passes.
Gerald Baeza rushed for one TD and Jeff Holt added another on a 20-yard fumble return for Hanau (4-0 overall and in D-IV). The victory clinched a berth for Hanau in the European D-IV title game on Nov. 2 or 3.
Alconbury (0-4, 0-1) scored on a five-yard run by Yul McGrath.
Menwith Hill 47, Brussels 29: At Brussels. Le’Shawn Adams ran for two touchdowns and returned a pass interception 65 yards for a third as the Mustangs collected a D-IV conference win.
Eddie Barerra, Scott Setzer, Chris Cruickshank and Chase Rexroat also posted scoring runs for Menwith Hill (1-3, 1-1), Rexroat’s on a 65-yard reverse.
Menwith Hill led 34-8 at halftime against Brussels (0-4, 0-3 in D-IV.)