Red Raiders snap three-year losing streak
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VILSECK, Germany - What will happen over the next few weeks remains unknown. What’s certain is that this will not be another lost Kaiserslautern football season.
The Red Raiders stormed back from a two-touchdown halftime deficit, shoved in a go-ahead touchdown with two minutes to play and earned their first victory in three calendar years Saturday with a stirring 14-13 decision over host Vilseck.
The victory was Kaiserslautern’s first regular-season win since a 37-20 victory over Lakenheath on Oct. 2, 2010. The Red Raiders went 1-5 that season, and 0-6 in both 2011 and 2012.
Now, the rejuvenated Raiders are 1-0. Barely.
Kaiserslautern fumbled the opening kickoff minutes into Saturday’s game and allowed Falcons running back Zarabion Riley to capitalize on the gaffe with a 5-yard touchdown run. Brittion Blackmon found Kenneth Bogawitch for a 25-yard pass to push the home team’s lead to 13-0 at the break. But the Falcons converted only one of their extra points, a fact that would later prove costly.
The Red Raiders responded after halftime with short-yard scores. Tristan Daily dove in from 3 yards out to pull Kaiserslautern within six points. And with 2 minutes, 5 seconds to play, James Wiseman found the goal line from 5 yards out; the extra point gave the long-suffering Raiders the victory.
Kaiserslautern looks to grow its fresh win streak next week at Patch; Vilseck visits defending champ Ramstein.