Europe H.S. football: Lakenheath opens with nonconference shutout
Ben Green threw two long touchdowns passes to Eddie Alford and kicked a 24-yard field goal Saturday as visiting Lakenheath blanked SHAPE 17-0 in a nonconference football game.
Green hit Alford with a 55-yard scoring pass in the first quarter and came back 1:13 into the second for a 40-yard strike. Green finished 10-for-12 for 192 yards and three interceptions.
Defensive end Drake Tucker had three sacks and recovered two fumbles to lead Lakenheath.
Jimmy Murtha, who was in on 15 tackles, Michael Clampitt, who registered 12 stops, and Ignacio Villanueva each intercepted a pass for SHAPE.
Spartans coach Kregg Kappenman was upbeat despite the shutout.
“This was a nice nonconference game for us,” he said. “We learned some really good things about what we need to work on.”
In other nonconference games Saturday:
Ramstein 21, Heidelberg 0At Heidelberg, the Royals, under new coach Carlos Amponin, avenged their 12-3 loss to Heidelberg in last November’s European Division I title game in the season-opener for both teams.
Running back Cyril Borden scored twice for Ramstein, the defending D-I regular-season champions. Borden ran 10 yards in the second quarter after the Royals had recovered one of Heidelberg’s six fumbles and went over from a yard out later in the period to cap a 63-yard drive.
Andre Murray closed out Ramstein’s scoring with an 81-yard fumble return in the final period.
Linebacker Joel Smith and Marcus Cherry led the defense for Ramstein. Each was in on seven stops. William Battle, with three solos and eight assists, led the Heidelberg defense.
Kaiserslautern 18, Wiesbaden 6At Wiesbaden, Andres Brewster threw touchdown passes to Josiah Baldwin and Khairi Smith to spark the Red Raiders.
Smith, who rushed for 121 yards, also ran for a score. That was more than enough for the Kaiserslautern defense, which got 11 tackles from C.J. Mckenzie, and eight each from Sasha Chavez and Mario Velasquez.
Terrell Harper ran four yards for the touchdown for Wiesbaden, which got 108 yards on 21 rushes by Ron Peebles.
E.J. Watson had eight tackles, two of them sacks, to lead the Wiesbaden defense. Derek Brown had an interception for the Warriors.
Patch 50, Würzburg 22At Vaihingen, Brian Taylor broke a kickoff return for a 70-yard touchdown and scored twice more on runs of 7 and 4 yards as the Panthers rolled to their first victory as a Division I school.
Patch quarterback Sean Thomas, who rushed 23 times for 179 yards and was 4-for-6 for 113 passing yards, also ran for two touchdowns. Daniel Kennedy added a 58-yard TD run which boosted him to 106 yards on only four carries, and Chris Oppliger returned a fumble 47 yards for the final TD for Patch. Flavius Garmacea was 6-for-6 on PAT attempts for the Panthers.
Würzburg’s Donald Bryant scored twice and rushed for 142 yards before leaving the game with an injury just five minutes into the second quarter. He did not return.
B.J. Harvey scored Würzburg’s other touchdown on an 85-yard kickoff return.
Taylor was a force on defense, too, for Patch. He was in on 10 tackles, four of them for losses. His teammate Sebastian Cascairo was in on 11 stops, four for losses.