ANSBACH, Germany - A halfback pass from Alex Immel to Stephen Clark on fourth-and-eight with three minutes to play produced a touchdown and the knock-out blow as the International School of Brussels upset previously unbeaten Ansbach 22-12 Saturday in a European Division II quarterfinal game.
The victory by ISB (3-3) means that Ansbach (5-1) won’t be playing in a European championship game for the first time since 2001. The Cougars, 4-1 in Division III championship between 2002 and 2006, won two of the three D-II title games in which they played from 2007-2009.
ISB coach Wil Vreugdenhil credited the play of his offensive line — Chris Lusko, Fernando Moncada Rivera, Connor Immel, Michael Taylor and Dallin Keesling — for the victory. The quintet was especially active in the first half, which saw ISB forge a 16-0 lead on a TD run by Christian Gingerella and a TD pass from freshman quarterback Marshall Kontos to Clark.
For the day, Gingeralla rushed 25 times for 100 yards, and Clark hauled in five passes, good for 103 yards.
Ansbach, which saw its DODDS-record 31-game winning streak snapped in last year’s title-game loss to Bitburg, got back into this game in the third period on a TD run by DeMar Flake and a scoring pass from backup quarterback Cornelius Tate to Johnny Bunch. But it couldn’t muster much else thereafter against an ISB defense led by Taylor, who racked up eight tackles - three of them sacks - and blocked a punt. Moncada Rivera added five tackles for ISB.
All-European Alex Moya led Ansbach’s ground game with 15 carries for 107 yards; Bunch caught three passes for 61 yards.
T.J. Propp led Ansbach’s defense with six tackles, four of them behind the line of scrimmage. Al Vasquez had four tackles for losses among his six stops for Ansbach.
ISB advanced to a road rematch against Mannheim in this week’s D-II semifinals. Mannheim beat ISB 21-14 on Oct. 15.