Europe Div. I football: Heidelberg earns home field advantage for playoff opener
Defending European Division I champion Heidelberg earned home field in this Saturday’s D-I playoff opener with a 33-3 victory over Patch in the final regular-season game for both teams on Friday night.
Lions quarterback Shon Fisher ran for two touchdowns and passed 15 yards to Ryan Brlecic for another as the Lions (4-2 overall and 4-1 in league play) nailed down the second seed for the playoffs. Two-time conference champion Ramstein is the No. 1 seed.
Patch (4-2, 3-2) is seeded third and will travel to Heidelberg for a rematch Saturday in the semifinal.
Cody Mallette rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown for Heidelberg. Fisher led the Lions’ ground attack with 72 yards.
Sean McIntyre was credited with being in on 20 tackles for Heidelberg, while Justin Anderson was credited with 16 stops and Shali Thompson with 12.
Brian Taylor led the Patch attack with 68 yards on 16 rushes.
Sebastian Cascario had 12 tackles and Brandon Perry nine stops for Patch.
In Saturday’s D-1 regular-season finales:
Wiesbaden 25, Kaiserslautern 0At Kaiserslautern, Ron Peebles carried the ball 39 times for 174 yards, and Brandon Foster and Mike Harder hauled in touchdown passes from Terrell Harper to lead the Warriors to their first victory of the season and a spot in the D-I semifinals.
Wiesbaden (1-5 overall and 1-4 in league play) led 17-0 at halftime and won by a big enough margin to edge Kaiserslautern (2-4, 1-4) and Lakenheath (2-4, 1-4) in the points-differential tiebreaker for the final playoff berth. The Warriors, who got a TD run from John Christiansen, travel to Ramstein on Saturday.
“We finally had some breaks,” Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell said. “All season long things have been going against us, but today the ball bounced our way three or four times.”
Harper also led the Wiesbaden defense with three interceptions.
Kaiserslautern got 76 rushing yards from Khairi Smith.
Ramstein 41, Lakenheath 6At Lakenheath, England, the Royals (6-0, 5-0) broke open a 13-0 game after intermission as A.J. Hawkins, John Keith and Ken Ortiz ran for scores and Scott Soubloski and Ste’fan James caught touchdown passes.
Lakenheath scored with 8:46 left on a 15-yard pass from Wes Kleniec to Carl Snapp.
Michael Kelly had three sacks for Ramstein’s defense, which is holding opponents to 8.67 points per game.