SIGONELLA, Italy — Shawn Crawford ran for 297 yards
and five touchdowns Saturday as Sigonella welcomed
Aviano to Division III by handing the Saints a 48-20
Gaining most of his yardage on sweeps behind the lead
blocks of Mike Jewell, Crawford found the end zone on
runs ranging from 5 to 69 yards. He carried the ball 24
times and also swept in for three two-point
Anthony Turner scored on an 18-yard reverse, and
quarterback Danny Vazquez sneaked in from the 7-yard
line for Sigonella, which led 28-0 at halftime.
Paul Nicholson caught passes of 21 and 26 yards from
Vazquez to help bring the home team’s offensive total to
Aviano, a Division II European semifinalist last
season before a shrinking enrollment put the Saints in
Division III for the 2002 season, got a pair of short TD
runs from Matt Refsnider and a TD pass from Greg Vogel
to Sean Daniels. But the Saints could not move
consistently against a defense led by Jewell, Crawford
and fellow linebacker Sean Gilbert.
The victory evened Signella’s conference mark at 1-1.
The Jaguars, who travel to Brussels for a non-conference
game Saturday, are 1-2 overall.
Aviano is 0-2 overall, and 0-1 in Division III-Italy.
The Saints march into Vicenza on Friday night for their
second conference game of the season.
In other Division III games:
Brussels 15, Rota 7
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Deprived of its game by a
cancellation at London Central last weekend, Brussels
resumed its undefeated season Saturday.
Marc Silos ran 8 yards for a third-quarter touchdown
to break a 7-7 halftime tie, and Andrew Isbell, who
rushed for 172 yards, ran in for the two-point
conversion. The Brigands’ defense, led by Travis Keeton,
R.J. Blandford, Brian Isbell and defensive end Dominic
Collier, held Rota out of the end zone the rest of the
Despite the second-half shutout, aided by Kyle Cox’s
fourth-quarter interception, Rota running back Antwan
Edmonds rushed for 203 yards.
Edmonds scored on a 65-yard run that made it 7-7 in
the second period. That run answered the 25-yard TD pass
from Brussels quarterback Kevin Nichelseon to Lonnie
Ruffin in the first period.
Edmonds, Joseph Casey, Tim Ramson and nose guard Cory
May anchored the defense for Rota (1-2 overall, 0-1 in
III-North) in what veteran Brussels coach Joe Fiedler
called a “tough, physical game.”
The Admirals will play host to London Central on
Friday night in a conference game.
Brussels, which entertains Rota in a nonconference
game this Saturday, improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in
the conference, pending a ruling on whether London
Central will be forced to forfeit the game the Bobcats
canceled Sept. 14 because of the lack of an officiating
crew. That ruling is expected this week.
Baumholder 40, Giessen 14
BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Desmond Isadore ran for 135
yards and three touchdowns Friday night as the Bucs
improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in III-South play.
Isadore’s running mate, Olando Square, scored two TDs
and piled up 135 all-purpose yards. Square returned a
punt 64 yards for one score and grabbed a 55-yard pass
from Matt Calabria for the other. He also registered a
safety, ran for a two-point conversion and intercepted
Baumholder, which travels to Hohenfels for a
III-South showdown on Friday night, led 24-7 at
Giessen’s first TD came in the first period on an
81-yard dash by Michael Moore. Moore, however, carried
the ball just five more times for 8 yards. Michael
Waters hit Anthony Moore with a 56-yard scoring pass in
the third period to close the scoring for the Griffins,
1-2 overall and 0-1 in III-South play. They play home
against Bamberg on Saturday.
Ansbach 48, Bamberg 23
BAMBERG, Germany — Ansbach’s 21-player contingent
spotted Bamberg a 15-0 lead, then scored 48 unanswered
points to romp in the III-South opener for both
Darryl Wiley, who rushed 15 times for 127 yards and
all three Bamberg TDs, got the Barons off to a 15-0
advantage on scoring runs of 2 and 50 yards and a
two-point conversion run.
But then Ansbach took over. Miles Sheppard ran for
touchdowns of 8 and 38 yards, quarterback Shawn Bachtel
had a 3-yard TD run, then passed to sophomore Russell
Bailey for 22- and 60-yard scores. B.J. Johnson ran 41
yards for the sixth TD. Each touchdown was followed by
successful two-point conversions, with Sheppard running
for four and Bachtel two.
A 40-yard TD run by Wiley closed the scoring with
Ansbach (3-0, 1-0 in III-South), which rushed for 294
yards and passed for 130, is idle this weekend.
Bamberg (1-1, 0-1) rushed for 287 yards, but