Spring Tours Conclude In Europe and Japan

Spring Tours Conclude In Europe and Japan

The final leg of annual Global Football spring tours is underway with two NCAA D-III college football programs currently visiting Europe and Asia. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Fightin’ Engineers are in Switzerland, with Austria also on their list of destinations, before head coach Jeff Sokol leads his team on the gridiron against the Landsberg X-Press in Germany on Saturday, June 3 at 5pm local time / 11am US ET. Illinois Wesleyan University will take on Tokyo’s Waseda Big Bears in Japan on Sunday, June 4, at 2pm local time / 1am US ET. Formed in 1934 Waseda was one of the first Universities to play American Football and is one of the most respected football programs in Japan. The game will be broadcast via a live webcast: http://www.football-tv.jp Rose-Hulman to Austria & Germany from May 29-June 6. Opponent: Landsberg X-Press Rose-Hulman has traveled with Global Football on three occasions to England & France 2002, Italy 2008, and the Czech Republic & Austria 2011. Between May 29 and June 6, their visit to Europe will take in a Jungfrau Valley hike and Lutschine River activity, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Munich and Vienna sightseeing. Rose-Hulman will take the field for the first time since making its first NCAA Division III playoff appearance last November in a loss at North Central, against Germany’s Landsberg X-Press, who are currently 4-0 in the German regional division south.  The Fightin’ Engineers won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and finished 8-3 in 2016, highlighted by a win at No. 14 ranked Franklin to secure its NCAA bid. Illinois Wesleyan to Japan from May 31-June 8. Opponent:...
Ravens and Blue Streaks Win in Austria and Barcelona

Ravens and Blue Streaks Win in Austria and Barcelona

Five of the seven NCAA and NAIA college football teams traveling overseas with Global Football this spring have now seen action with Benedictine College (Kansas) and John Carroll University (Ohio) both earning victories in Europe this weekend. The games were part of a series of showcases that highlight week to 10-day overseas visits that include cultural and historical sightseeing, spring practices and clinics to help further develop the game in Europe and Asia. Benedictine College to Austria from May 22-30. Opponent: Swarco Raiders Benedictine College produced an impressive second half comeback to rally from a 13-point third quarter deficit to beat European powerhouse the SWARCO Innsbruck Raiders 31-27 in Austria. After a scoreless first quarter, the Ravens trailed 7-0 after Raiders quarterback Sean Shelton ran 4 yards for a touchdown and Thomas Pichlmann tagged on the extra point before increasing the hosts’ lead to 10-0 with a 28-yard field goal. Benedictine College replied as Charles Nihart found the end zone from a yard out and a Sam Vitulli PAT reduced the deficit to three points. Pichlmann split the uprights again, this time from 27 yards out, to put the Raiders 13-7 ahead at halftime. SWARCO looked to be heading towards victory when Shelton hit Platzgummer for a 15-yard touchdown and the reliable Pichlmann tagged on the extra point and the Austrians led 20-7 in the third quarter. Another Nihart rush, this time from 15 yards out and a Vitulli conversion pulled the Ravens back into contention then Nihart’s third rushing score of the day tied the game at 20-20. Logan Harris put the visitors ahead for the first time...
Pirates, Loggers and Stags Win In Italy, China and Scotland

Pirates, Loggers and Stags Win In Italy, China and Scotland

A busy weekend of Global Football-organized spring American football tours action saw NCAA Division III teams from the United States take on teams from China, Italy and Scotland. The games highlighted week to 10-day overseas visits that include cultural and historical sightseeing, spring practices and clinics to help further develop the game in Europe and Asia. Each of the American teams went into the exhibition games expecting to win against opponents eager to test themselves against high-quality visiting opposition, with the score being less important than the teaching and learning aspect of the scrimmages. Southwestern University (TX) played Aquile Ferrara of the Italian Football League in Italy, the University of Puget Sound (WA) faced the Shanghai Titans in China, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps took on the East Kilbride Pirates in Scotland. Southwestern University at Aquile Ferrara, Italy A Chris Demny pass to Nik Kelly for a 60-yard strike was a spectacular way to open Southwestern University’s 94-point win over Aquile Ferrara of the Italian Football League and was quickly followed by two more touchdowns in as many plays. Craig Heiser to Tate Schorr for 40 yards made the score 14-0 then Kelly produced a pick-six for a 21-point advantage. Dylan Wilburn runs from 18 and 8-yards out completed the first quarter scoring. Tate Schorr returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown, Demny reeled off a 43-yard scoring run, and a 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown for Tanner Rogers made it 56-0 at halftime. A 35-yard pick six for Keyshaan Castle less than a minute into the third quarter was followed by a 28-yard TD pass from AJ Daniels to...
NCAA D-III and NAIA Teams Head To Europe With Global Football

NCAA D-III and NAIA Teams Head To Europe With Global Football

Two more college football programs will travel to Europe with Global Football as D-III John Carroll University and NAIA Benedictine College head across the Atlantic on Monday. Global Football kicked off a 22nd year of taking American football teams overseas on the sporting and cultural adventures of a lifetime when the first of seven traveling colleges set sail for Europe and Asia last week. John Carroll University (Ohio) is returning to for Spain for the first time since their debut visit there 20 years ago, on the school’s eighth overseas venture with Global Football. The have traveled previously to Spain (1997), Italy (2001), Ireland (2004), Switzerland (2007), France (2010), Ireland (2012) and Greece & Italy (2014). Benedictine College (Kansas) will explore Germany and Austria, having visited France in 2009. John Carroll University to Spain from May 22-30. Opponent: Catalan All-Stars The Blue Streaks have traveled more than any other college with Global Football, dating back to the second year of such overseas visits. John Carroll went 12-2 in 2016, making a run to the national semifinals. It was only the second time in school history that the team reached that point in the postseason. Rick Finotti, an accomplished former high school head coach at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, who has spent the last two seasons on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at the University of Michigan, is the new and 18th head coach in the 96-year history of the John Carroll University program. “It is an honor and a privilege to represent John Carroll University in our trip to Spain,” said coach Finotti.  “The John Carroll football program has a long...
Spring Tour Game: Aquile Ferrera vs. Southwestern University

Spring Tour Game: Aquile Ferrera vs. Southwestern University

The Southwestern University football roster will travel to Italy on Monday, May 15, for a 12-day cultural and educational tour that will include a game against Federazione Italiana Di American Football (FIDAF) club team Aquile Ferrara. The Pirates will travel for a second time with Global Football, the Texas-based organization that kicks off a 22nd year of taking American football teams overseas on the sporting and cultural adventures of a lifetime when a total of seven NCAA D-III colleges head to Europe and Asia this spring. “International travel and international competitions are one of the most exciting opportunities for football players at Southwestern University,” said head coach Joe Austin. “For more than a decade I have personally relied on Global Football to coordinate these opportunities and I am very excited to be taking our team to Italy this spring.” Opponents Aquile Ferrara currently have a 4-1 record in the Federazione Italiana Di American Football (FIDAF), winning their last two games 69-0 against Doves Bologna and 35-0 against Broncos Titans. Southwestern’s football program, which returned just four years ago, will join the American Southwest Conference next season having produced a perfect 6-0 record in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play in 2016. Head coach Joe Austin is a regular traveler with Global Football, having served as a member of the Team Stars & Stripes coaching staff for the annual Tazon de Estrellas game played in Mexico each December. Southwestern University traveled previously to Germany in 2014 with Global Football. “Most of these schools and coaches have traveled with us multiple times before and we are proud that they choose to work...