Late gamble pays off as Hanau edges Vilseck
HANAU, Germany — Anthony Le Vasseur took a screen pass from running back Steven Tracy 10 yards for a touchdown with 1:23 left in the game Saturday to set up Vilseck’s 7-6 victory over Hanau in a Division II-South high school football game.
The play turned a Hanau gamble into a heatbreaking defeat for the Panthers (1-3 overall; 1-2 in II-South). Facing fourth-and-one on its own 10 with under two minutes to play and leading 6-0, Hanau elected to go for the first down and run out the clock.
Vilseck stopped the play, however, and drove for the tying score. Tracy kicked the point-after for the victory.
Kevin Pollock (seven unassisted tackles and three assists) and Kevin Mennona (six solo tackles) led a Vilseck defense which held Hanau to 135 yards rushing and 108 passing.
Hanau’s score came on Chris Cramer’s 55-yard TD pass to Malcomb Lane in the third quarter.
Aaron Vernon and Tracy each intercepted a pass for Vilseck (3-1; 3-1).
Cramer made 11 solo tackles and blocked a pass as Hanau held Vilseck to 144 yards rushing and 43 passing.
Mike Garcia (seven tackles) and Robert Scott (eight tackles), each intercepted a Le Vasseur pass.
Naples 20, ISB 6
NAPLES, Italy — Naples took an early lead against ISB and never let up in a rematch of last season’s European Division II championship game.
Alfonzo Tafur connected with Mark Pearyer for an 8-yard scoring play, with Jeremy Joseph for a 67-yard TD, and with M.J. Jinks for a 38-yard score for Naples (4-0; 3-0).
ISB beat Naples 23-20 in last season’s title game.
Tafur was 5-for-11 for 148 yards and an interception in the nonconference victory.
ISB (2-2; 2-1), playing without injured running back Matt Gett, scored the first touchdown allowed by Naples this season with 55 seconds left in the game. Phillip Lippman, about to be sacked, got the ball to Joe Rosen for a 3-yard TD.
Matt Briegel led the defense for Naples with 11 solo tackles, four assists, a sack, a fumble recovery and a pass knockdown. Josh Teeples had 10 solos, three assists and two sacks.
Ian Beamon was in on 14 tackles and Dan Kubis 11 for ISB, which held Naples’ Joseph to 88 yards on 16 carries.
SHAPE 41, AFNORTH 0
BRUNSSUM, Netherlands — Ryan Rice threw touchdown passes to Joe Puttman, Marcel Reeves and Dimitri Jones as the Spartans improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in II-North with the first-half, mercy-rule victory.
Rice, who was 4-for-4 for 109 yards, hit Puttman for a 47-yard score, Reeves with a 45-yarder and Jones for 7 yards. Brandon Glenn, who rushed eight times for 93 yards, added touchdown runs of 8 and 35 yards, and Marvin Coombes closed the scoring with a 37-yard TD run.
Richard Rendon and Bryan Farthing, each in on nine tackles, led a defense which held AFNORTH back Ryan Butler to 55 yards.
AFNORTH finished its II-North season 0-4. The Lions close out the season with a nonconference game at Vilseck on Saturday.
Bitburg 42, Mannheim 12
MANNHEIM, Germany — Pascal Grunman rushed 22 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Barons.
Bitburg (3-1; 2-1) also got rushing TDs from Devon Gardner and Alex Wayx.
Trey Wilson (4-for-7, 80 yards) threw a 14-yard TD pass to Tom Mueller for Bitburg.
The Barons, which had 346 yards rushing, added a defensive TD when David Murray blocked a punt in the Mannheim end zone and Matt Bendus recovered.
Mannheim (2-2; 1-2) scored on a pair of touchdown passes from Scott Kinnersley to Gary Smalls. Kinnersley was 13-for-26 for 209 yards but the Bison rushed for just 31 yards.
Patch 42. Aviano 0
STUTTGART, Germany — Coach Billy Henry’s foray into high-tech game preparation paid off handsomely as quarterback J.D. Lindsey was 4-for-4 for 118 yards and ran for two touchdowns as the Panthers (1-3; 1-2) won their first game of the season against winless Aviano (0-4; 0-3).
Henry, who uses computers and videos to help critique games, will have a lot of highlights to watch this week. Josh Rohr and Josh Anderson had 3-yard TD runs, and David Kennedy, who carried six times for 108 yards, scored on an 88-yard run as Patch reached the 40-point mercy-rule victory margin with four minutes left in the first half.
Marty Schmidt returned an interception 55 yards for Patch’s other score.