STUTTGART, Germany – The Stuttgart Panthers did their best to match the hot start of the Kaiserslautern Raiders on Friday by mercy ruling Wiesbaden by halftime.
Stuttgart, which improved to 2-0 to tie Kaiserslautern atop the DODEA-Europe Division I standings, scored 31 points in the second quarter to secure the 46-0 victory against the Warriors.
Vincent Allen started the quarter with a 12-yard touchdown run. Caiden Ray then connected with Christian Just for a 78-yard touchdown pass. Trenton Jackson scored on a 2-yard run, Jackson Freds blocked a punt to set up a touchdown run by Ray and the rout was on.
Wiesbaden (0-2) saw its fortunes change dramatically in the opening quarter when Ron Jackson recovered a Stuttgart fumble, only to have Trenton Jackson intercept the ball on the next play and return it for a touchdown.
Ray threw for 148 yards for the Panthers. Just, Jackson and Allen all caught passes and combined for more than 70 yards rushing. Itzak Sandoval was a special teams standout with two two-point conversions and two PATs.
Stuttgart’s final score came in the fourth quarter after the game was already determined when Cole Nelson threw a 20-yard pass to Jacob Olive.
Just led the Stuttgart defense with five tackles. Nicholas Cardona matched that total for Wiesbaden, with DJ Martinez adding four tackles and a pair of sacks.
Almost all DODEA-Europe teams have next weekend off. Following that, the Panthers host Ramstein, and the Raiders – who had a bye this weekend - travel to Wiesbaden. Stuttgart and Kaiserslautern are set to play Oct. 15 – the final week of the regular season.
Vilseck 47, Ramstein 12: Friday at Ramstein, Aveion Ruffin had a career game, helping his team climb into a tie for third place with the Royals behind the Panthers and Raiders.
Ruffin carried the ball 21 times for 272 yards and five touchdowns. Jacob Rathbun added 13 carries for 70 yards and two more scores. Johnathon Bullock completed all four of his passes for 60 yards.
The Falcons took a 21-point lead after one quarter and led 27-6 at halftime.
Rathbun starred on defense for the Falcons (1-2) with seven tackles, one fumble recovery and broke up a pass – one of four Falcons credited with that feat. Rylin Linzmayer had six tackles and Cam’ron King added five more. Zeremiah Barnes had an interception.
CJ Delp completed 9 of 25 passes for the Royals (1-2) for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Timar Dix grabbed eight of those passes for 160 yards. On defense, Matt Abel had 10 tackles and Lebron Thomas nine tackles and caused one fumble.
Naples 27, Vicenza 14: Saturday at Naples, Keith Rascoe Jr. ran for two touchdowns and caught another one in the season debut for both Division II squads.
Naples scored three touchdowns in the final quarter after trailing 14-6 after three quarters.
Rascoe scored from 5 and 32 yards out and caught a 55-yard TD from Corbin Gustafson. Gustafson was 5 of 12 for 131 yards, including a 3-yard scoring pass to Keshawn Holland. Chris White had two interceptions and Holland had 11 tackles on defense.
Aviano 46, Sigonella 0: Saturday at Sigonella, the Saints opened their season in winning fashion by playing six-man football against the Division III Jaguars.
Freshman Julian Riley threw three touchdown passes and ran for another. Fellow freshman Deon Walker returned a kickoff and punt for touchdowns and rushed for another. Aidan Haas caught two touchdowns. Eric North threw a touchdown and his brother, Colin, caught one. Andrew Walker caught a touchdown pass.
Jordan Smith rushed for 132 yards for the Jaguars. He had six tackles and an interception on defense. Andre Billingsley had six tackles, Paul Becker five and Jack McKown had a sack and three tackles.
Aviano returns to 11-man football on Oct. 9 by hosting Rota in the Admirals’ season debut.
AFNORTH 64, Ansbach 40: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the Lions turned up their scoring again to run past the Cougars in a six-man Division III battle on a neutral site.
AFNORTH scored 76 points in its season opener, but only 21 in a loss last weekend to Spangdahlem. Saturday, Alexander Roberts almost doubled that total by himself, scoring six touchdowns on 367 yards rushing. David Immel rushed for 160 yards and scored twice and Marques Williams added 104 more rushing yards.
Shane Nesbitt scored four touchdowns for the Cougars, kicked a field goal and added an interception. Nathaniel Carter scored another touchdown and recovered a fumble. Ryann Surens-Garcia had an interception.