Naples claws above .500 with defeat of Hohenfels
Stars and Stripes
NAPLES, Italy – The Naples Wildcats aren’t ready to curl up into a ball just yet.
Naples, a close runner-up in last year’s race for the Division II European football championship, scraped out a 25-19 win over visiting Hohenfels on Saturday.
The win was the Wildcats’ second straight since they opened the season with a 34-6 drubbing at the hands of Italian rival Vicenza.
A trio of Wildcats ran wild on the Tiger defense. Juwan English gathered 91 yards and a touchdown on 15 rushing attempts; he also collected 62 yards on kick returns. Cameron Copeland carried 16 times for 136 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. Jayontray Grogan returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown and scored again on a 20-yard pass from Aiden Miranda.
Miles Davis led the Naples defense with five solo tackles and six assists.
David Vidovic did his usual damage for Hohenfels with 29 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns and an 85-yard kickoff return for another score. Vidovic and Brandon Schull each had eight tackles for the Tigers.
Vidovic and Grogan’s kickoff returns came consecutively in the fourth quarter as each team scored 12 points in a frenzied final act.
The Division II wars further intensify next Saturday as Hohenfels hosts Vicenza and Naples visits Ansbach.