This Saturday’s Super Six European football championship tripleheader will have a familiar look, at least at the top, after unbeaten Ramstein and Heidelberg claimed the Division I slots, Ansbach and Bitburg grabbed the D-II berths, and Menwith Hill and Alconbury won the right to play for the D-III crown with Saturday semifinal victories.
Heidelberg 36, Vilseck 12: At Heidelberg, Thomas Hogue rushed 27 times for 221 yards and two touchdowns for the defending D-I champions. He also kicked four extra points and ran for a two-point conversion as the Lions (6-1) rolled.
Heidelberg rushed for 323 yards in a game it led 22-6 at halftime. Vilseck’s Angelo Anderson returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a TD, but Heidelberg countered with a scoring drive to re-establish its edge.
Heidelberg quarterback Jimmy Montfleury ran for TDs of 1 and 12 yards and threw a TD pass of 24 yards to Napolian Myhand.
The Lions’ defense victimized Vilseck (4-3) for three turnovers — interceptions by Devin Helvie and Jacobi Satsatin and a fumble recovery by Darius Dixon. Myhand had eight tackles for the Lions, two for losses, and Wayne Dawkins included two tackles for losses and a sack among his six stops. Devin Jackson forced a fumble and made seven tackles.
Vilseck’s first-half TD came on a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Tyler Hall.
Ramstein 53, Wiesbaden 14: At Ramstein, Michael Wallace ran for two touchdowns and passed for two as the Royals romped to improve to improve to 6-0.
Wallace, who finished with 137 yards on nine carries and completed seven of 10 passes for 140 yards, found the end zone on runs of 11 and 47 yards and completed scoring passes of 44 yards to Aaron Salcido and 27 yards to Will Canfield.
Canfield, who gained 112 yards on nine rushess, supplemented that score with two first-quarter TD runs that helped the Royals go up 42-0 with 10:02 to play in the third quarter.
Daniel Harris, who rushed 17 times for 84 yards, got Wiesbaden (3-4) on the board with a 3-yard TD plunge, but Cody Stone, who kicked six extra-point for Ramstein, responded with a 27-yard field goal, and backup quarterback Shane Foley closed out the Royal score sheet with a 6-yard TD run.
Ryan Reagin, who finished 7-of-13 for 164 passing yards, hit Tyreece Davis with a 65-yard TD pass for Wiesbaden’s final score.
Ramstein and Heidelberg will play the final game of the Super Six tripleheader. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
Menwith Hill 7, Rota 0: At Menwith Hill, quarterback Scottie Setzer returned from an injury to run for the game’s only touchdown and force a Rota fumble at the Menwith goal line to deny the Admirals a score.
"He wasn’t 100 percent," Menwith Hill coach Pete Resnick said by telephone Saturday. "He’ll be 100 percent this week."
Setzer had been out since Oct. 10, and Resnick said his star went in on defense for the first time in the game as Rota threatened in the third quarter.
But the Mustangs (5-1) needed another big stop in the late going and got it from defensive tackle Ian McCollum.
"Time was running out in the fourth quarter," Resnick said, "and Rota didn’t have any times-out. McCollum grabbed the ball carrier and threw him down at the one-foot line on the last play of the game."
With Setzer tender and ace running back Chris Jackson woozy and unable to play the second half, the load fell on Menwith Hill fullback Andrew Breeding, who rushed 27 times for 173 yards as the Mustangs tried desperately to keep the ball away from Rota (2-4).
Alconbury 35, Sigonella 28: At Sigonella, tailback Devin Pryor broke a 56-yard touchdown run with 3:25 to play, and the Alconbury defense stopped a fourth-and-3 shovel pass for a loss on Sigonella’s ensuing possession to spring the upset over the previously unbeaten Jaguars.
It was the fourth TD of the game for Pryor, who carried the ball 35 times for 350 yards and four TDs. His other scores came on runs of 72, 6 and 2 yards.
Alconbury (2-4), which lost its first four games of the season, took a 14-0 first-quarter lead on an 80-yard scoring drive which consumed 7½ minujtes off the opening kickoff. The Dragons then got the first of four interceptions off Brett Gilbert and drove downfield again.
Sigonella tied the score 14-14 by halftime, then, after falling behind 28-14 after intermission, again erased a 14-point deficit to tie it 28-28 and set the stage for Pryor’s game-winner.
The Jaguars’ comebacks were all the more remarkable in light of the pressure Alconbury applied to Gilbert all day. Austin Hill sacked the Jaguars quarterback three times and Greg Pettiway twice, but even when the Dragons weren’t getting Gilbert down, they had him rushing his throws. Pryor picked off three of them and Nate Shirley another.
Menwith Hill and Alconbury will open Super Six play Saturday at noon. Division III plays nine-man football.