Rota routs Bamberg to capture DIII crown
This story has been corrected
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain – Quarterback K.C. Mason ran Rota’s triple option to perfection Saturday, sprinting for 244 yards and scoring four touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Rota Admirals to a 62-7 victory over the previously unbeaten Bamberg Barons.
Terrence Paris also scored four times for Rota, which rang up 511 rushing yards and passed for 82 more, according to Rota coach James Crowell. Paris exploited dominating blocking and the wide-open spaces of the nine-man game played in Division III for 174 rushing yards in 11 attempts, an average of 15.8 yards per carry. Mason ran the ball 19 times for an average of 12.84 yards per carry.
As it has been all season, the Admirals’ defense was in total control Saturday. Rota picked off six Bamberg passes and recovered three fumbles. Mason, who also recovered a fumble, snared three of the interceptions and returned one of them for a touchdown. Paris hauled in two interceptions, and Keaton Regenor picked off the other. Regenor led Rota’s tackling with 10 stops; his teammates Timothy Drake, a 6-foot-2-inch, 270-pound senior, and Frankie Esquivel added eight tackles each.
Crowell reported that senior Anthony Davis, who forced and recovered a Bamberg fumble, led a Rota pass rush that forced the six picks.
Behind 36-0 at halftime, Bamberg became the first team to score this season against Rota when quarterback Phathanasin Sandod connected with Terry Williams on a third-period TD-pass play that covered some 60 yards. Bamberg, which is playing its first season of nine-man ball, managed just 80 yards on the ground, according to Crowell.
The lopsided victory clinched the Division III regular-season crown for the Admirals, who have outscored all six of their opponents by a combined score of 304-7 this season.
Rota (6-0 overall, 5-0 in Division III) is scheduled to host the D-III No. 4 seed, Alconbury (2-4, 2-3), on Saturday in a European D-III semifinal game. No. 3 seed Menwith Hill (4-2, 3-2) is to travel to Bamberg (5-1, 4-1) the same day to take on the Barons in the other D-III semifinal. Saturday’s winners will have a bye week Oct. 29 before traveling to Baumholder for the European D-III title game on Nov. 5.
CorrectionBamberg managed 80 yards on the ground.The number of yards had been incorrectly provided to Stars and Stripes.