Division I football race not as clear-cut as it seems

Wiesbaden quarterback Reymoi Lewis rushes against the defense of Patch's Vince Stefano in the Warriors' 21-12 win over visiting Patch on Sept. 13, 2013. <br>Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes
Wiesbaden quarterback Reymoi Lewis rushes against the defense of Patch's Vince Stefano in the Warriors' 21-12 win over visiting Patch on Sept. 13, 2013.

For all the messy lead changes and chaotic finishes that defined the first two weeks of the DODDS-Europe Division I football season, the league’s standings are remarkably orderly.

Three teams are 2-0. The other three are 0-2.

But look closer, and the situation is as muddled as you’d expect it to be.

Defending champion Ramstein cruised through its first two games in relative comfort, beating Lakenheath and Vilseck by a combined 65 points.

Wiesbaden had similar luck against struggling Lakenheath with a 29-0 victory  Saturday. But the week prior, the Warriors barely outlasted 2012 runner-up Patch for a 21-12 win.

Kaiserslautern, while overjoyed to register victories of any type after consecutive winless seasons, is playing a dangerous game. The Red Raiders have trailed at halftime in both of their games, and they’ve scored 43 total points through eight quarters while yielding 39.

Still, the simple win-loss records of the division’s six teams seem to indicate a clear divide between the happy and the hapless. In a five-game season, a two-game lead is an enormous head-start on a postseason appearance.

But again, things are not so simple.

DODDS-Europe’s generous playoff system will welcome four of the six Division I teams into the semifinal round Oct. 26. Oddly enough, that guarantees that one of the teams that is currently winless will make the playoffs. And none of the six have yet mathematically clinched a playoff spot or been eliminated from postseason contention.

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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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