Vilseck takes over second by edging Patch
VILSECK, Germany - Blade Stauss ran 31 yards for the deciding touchdown with 1 minute, 51 seconds to play Saturday to lift the Vilseck Falcons to a 22-17 Division I victory over the visiting Patch Panthers.
Strauss’s dash erased a 17-16 lead Patch had built by exploiting Vilseck’s second turnover of the day deep in its own end of the field.
According to Vilseck coach Jim Hall, the Falcons snapped the ball over the head of their punter with just over eight minutes left, and Patch, which recovered on the Vilseck 13-yard line, converted the opportunity when Hunter Massey kicked a 31-yard field goal.
Patch scored its first touchdown in the game’s opening minutes when Vince Stefano fell on a Vilseck fumble in its own end zone. Curtis Hobson’s two-point conversion run gave the Panthers (3-2) an early 8-0 lead.
Vilseck (4-1) went up 16-8 at halftime, on a 10-yard run by Shawn Peebles and his ensuing two-point run, and a 53-yard halfback option pass from Carlton Campbell to Strauss. Peebles ran for the conversion on that score, which was Vilseck’s lone completion of the day.
Patch closed the gap to two points in the third period on a 45-yard TD run by Hobson and took the lead on the fourth-quarter field goal.
Patch fullback Andrew Mineni led all rushers with 106 yards; Campbell rushed 15 times for 96 yards and Peebles 21 for 85 yards for Vilseck.
Defensively, Walter Guyer and Jack Smith each posted 13 tackles for Patch, which is to end its regular season by hosting Lakenheath on Saturday.
Vilseck closes out its regular season at Heidelberg on Saturday in the final home football game in that school’s 66-year history.
Leading the way defensively for Vilseck were Campbell and Victor Hernandez, each of whom came up with three tackles-for-loss. Hall said Elijah Hines and Jon Bohnemann each picked off late Patch passes, and Strauss led his team with 10.5 tackles.
“He was in their backfield all day,” Hall said.