Barons hopeful for championship game

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Baron senior Corey Evans, from Tampa, Fla., dodges Hohenfels Tigers defenders in the first quarter at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. Evans rushed for 185 yards and scored two touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Baron senior Corey Evans, from Tampa, Fla., dodges Hohenfels Tigers defenders in the first quarter at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. Evans rushed for 185 yards and scored two touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Barons players stand for the national anthem before their final home game at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. The Barons defeated the Hohenfels Tigers 56 – 14, which earned them a spot in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe Division-II championship game against the Naples Wildcats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Barons players stand for the national anthem before their final home game at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. The Barons defeated the Hohenfels Tigers 56 – 14, which earned them a spot in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe Division-II championship game against the Naples Wildcats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany -- Corey Evans, Bitburg Barons running back from Tampa, Fla., attempts to escape the grasp of Caleb Perterson, Hohenfels Tigers outside linebacker from Ohio, during their final home game Oct. 17, 2012 at the Rik Carr Field. The Barons won 56-14 and advanced to the championship game against the Naples Wildcats 2: 30 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany -- Corey Evans, Bitburg Barons running back from Tampa, Fla., attempts to escape the grasp of Caleb Perterson, Hohenfels Tigers outside linebacker from Ohio, during their final home game Oct. 17, 2012 at the Rik Carr Field. The Barons won 56-14 and advanced to the championship game against the Naples Wildcats 2: 30 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Baron senior Bryson Randall, from Cabot, Ark., catches his breath after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Hohenfels Tigers at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. Randall led the Barons’ defense, earning 12 tackles and 10 assists, and also scored three touchdowns on offense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Baron senior Bryson Randall, from Cabot, Ark., catches his breath after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Hohenfels Tigers at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. Randall led the Barons’ defense, earning 12 tackles and 10 assists, and also scored three touchdowns on offense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany -- Corey Evans, Bitburg Barons running back from Tampa, Fla., runs past Hohenfels Tigers defenders during the Barons’ final home game Oct. 27, 2012, at Rik Carr Field. Evans is also a defensive back for the Barons and will play at the Division-II championship game against Naples in Baumholder 2: 30 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany -- Corey Evans, Bitburg Barons running back from Tampa, Fla., runs past Hohenfels Tigers defenders during the Barons’ final home game Oct. 27, 2012, at Rik Carr Field. Evans is also a defensive back for the Barons and will play at the Division-II championship game against Naples in Baumholder 2: 30 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany -- Ryan Hartwell, right, Bitburg Barons tight end from Panama City, Fla., looks on as his team defends the field against the Hohenfels Tigers Oct. 27, 2012, at Rik Carr Field. The Barons’ won their final home game 56-14. The Barons play the championship game against the Naples Wildcats at Baumholder 2: 30 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012. The Wildcats and Barons are both undefeated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany -- Ryan Hartwell, right, Bitburg Barons tight end from Panama City, Fla., looks on as his team defends the field against the Hohenfels Tigers Oct. 27, 2012, at Rik Carr Field. The Barons’ won their final home game 56-14. The Barons play the championship game against the Naples Wildcats at Baumholder 2: 30 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012. The Wildcats and Barons are both undefeated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Barons players support each other during a third-quarter referees’ timeout at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. The Hohenfels Tigers failed to end the Barons 29-game winning streak, but left the Barons beat up for their upcoming championship game Nov. 3 against the Naples Wildcats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Barons players support each other during a third-quarter referees’ timeout at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. The Hohenfels Tigers failed to end the Barons 29-game winning streak, but left the Barons beat up for their upcoming championship game Nov. 3 against the Naples Wildcats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Baron senior Colton Engelmeier, from San Antonio, cheers as his team forces a fumble late in the fourth quarter against the Hohenfels Tigers at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. The Barons shut down the Tigers’ offense, leaving Bitburg victorious for their 29th straight win. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Bitburg Baron senior Colton Engelmeier, from San Antonio, cheers as his team forces a fumble late in the fourth quarter against the Hohenfels Tigers at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. The Barons shut down the Tigers’ offense, leaving Bitburg victorious for their 29th straight win. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany -- Bitburg Barons rush the line against Hohenfels Tigers during the Barons' last home game Oct. 27, 2012, at the Rik Carr Field. The undefeated Barons won 56-14. The Barons play in the Division-II championship game, which will be streamed live by American Forces Network 2:30 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany -- Bitburg Barons rush the line against Hohenfels Tigers during the Barons' last home game Oct. 27, 2012, at the Rik Carr Field. The undefeated Barons won 56-14. The Barons play in the Division-II championship game, which will be streamed live by American Forces Network 2:30 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Players from the Bitburg Barons and Hohenfels Tigers congratulate each other after their game at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. The Barons defeated the Tigers 56 – 14 in their final home game of the season and clinched a spot in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe Division-II championship for the fourth consecutive year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)
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BITBURG ANNEX, Germany – Players from the Bitburg Barons and Hohenfels Tigers congratulate each other after their game at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27, 2012. The Barons defeated the Tigers 56 – 14 in their final home game of the season and clinched a spot in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe Division-II championship for the fourth consecutive year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released)

BITBURG ANNEX, Germany -- Editor's note: American Forces Network Europe will air the championship game between the Bitburg Barons and the Naples Wildcats on the Pentagon Channel Nov. 3. Live coverage begins at noon CET.

The Bitburg Barons defeated the Hohenfels Tigers 56-14 in Bitburg's final home football game of the season at Rik Carr Field Oct. 27.

The Barons' decisive victory earned them a spot in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe Division-II championship game against the Naples Wildcats Nov. 3 in Baumholder.

The game also propelled the Barons to their 29th consecutive victory, and it will be the fourth time in four years that they have made it to the championship.

Bitburg senior Bryson Randall is making his second appearance in the championship game and is optimistic of the outcome.

"This is what we're here for, these games," he said of his team. "We play every team like they are the champions, regardless of what their record is."

Randall's aggressiveness on the field first developed in eighth grade when he tried out for his school's football team in Arkansas. He had never played or seen the game, so his first experience opened his eyes to the sport.

"The coach put me in as a left guard and told me, 'block the linebacker,'" he said with a smile, reminiscing of what was to come next.

Not knowing anything about how the game is played, Randall tackled the linebacker, much to the surprise of the coaches.

"Coach told me to go home, play some video games, and come back and try again," he said with a laugh.

And that is exactly what he did.

He came out every day with the determination to get better. He set his goals of playing football, and with encouragement from his friends and family, ended up starting on varsity every game of his freshman year.

Randall developed an intense and aggressive persona on the field. The 200-pound linebacker led his team in tackles his sophomore year and when he showed up at Bitburg's doorstep, he quickly proved to be a defensive threat.

"I love being aggressive and releasing everything on this field," he said. Although he isn't fighting 300-pound linemen like in the States, he uses that prior experience to make Bitburg's defense a menace for any offense.

Randall proved a nightmare for the visiting Tigers, leading his team with 12 tackles and 10 assists. The defense rallied to shut down the Hohenfels offense.

Teams and fans alike braved below-freezing temperatures and frigid winds to watch the game. The Barons set the tone for the rest of the game early in the first quarter, forcing a safety and quickly putting two points on the board.

Bitburg senior Corey Evans rushed for 185 yards in the first half before leaving the game due to an ankle injury.

Still, the Barons accumulated 497 rushing yards throughout the game and holding the Tigers to just 14 points on the scoreboard.

Randall even got the ball on offense eight times and scored three touchdowns.

Bitburg's 29-game winning streak is at stake Saturday against Naples, who is also undefeated this season, but Randall is hopeful that his team will end up with another victory.

"The competition isn't as severe but the fight, the morale and the family is still built and we're still a team, regardless of what happens," said Randall.