(Stars and Stripes)

STUTTGART, Germany – The defending champion Stuttgart Panthers are the only remaining unbeaten Division I team in DODEA-Europe after thumping Lakenheath 48-10 on Friday night.

The Lancers, who entered the game with a 3-0 start like the Panthers, kept the game close in the first half, leading 3-0 after one quarter and trailing 22-10 at halftime.

Runs by Jace Holmes and Caiden Ray set up a Ray pass to Trenton Jackson that resulted in a 39-yard touchdown less than 2 minutes into the third period as Stuttgart started to pull away. After a Lakenheath punt, Ray connected with Noah Farey for a 41-yard pass play that set up Ray’s short TD run to make the score 34-10. After the Lancers were stopped again, the Panthers scored on Ray’s 17-yard scoring pass to Josh Zipperer and the rout was on.

Sophia Yorko had opened the scoring for the Lancers with a 28-yard field goal after the teams had traded opening possessions. Stuttgart scored on its third possession at the opening of the second quarter after an interception by Ethan Prier. Zipperer then scored on the Panthers’ first play, running left before reversing himself and ending a 42-yard run in the end zone.

The Panthers went up 15-3 as Stuttgart again scored on its first play of possession with a 58-yard pass play from Ray to Zipperer. Lakenheath closed the gap on Gavin Idleman’s 54-yard run before Jackson answered with an 11-yard TD run.

Lakenheath had a chance to close the gap again before halftime and drove to the 2-yard-line, but a high snap resulted in a 17-yard loss and the drive ended as the clock expired.

Ray completed all five of his passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson finished with 110 yards on the ground.

Nico Marchini threw for 207 yards for the Lancers, who still remain perfect in National Conference play at 2-0. Idleman had 67 yards rushing and 69 receiving. Brian Miles had 91 yards receiving and led the team with six tackles on defense. Matt Donalds forced two fumbles and Vincent LaStarza recovered two fumbles.

Marcel Mailey (10 tackles, forced fumble) and Levi Katzenberger (11 tackles) led the Panthers on defense. Jack Gruver had six tackles and a sack. Andrew Just recovered a fumble.

Stuttgart, which leads the American Conference with a 2-0 mark, returns to conference play at Kaiserslautern next week. Lakenheath resumes conference play by hosting Wiesbaden.

Vilseck 40, Kaiserslautern 12: Saturday at Vilseck, the Falcons had a happy homecoming Saturday and evened their record at 2-2 with a victory over the Raiders.

Tameco Richardson ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns and Gabe Morrell 109 yard and three touchdowns for Vilseck, which grabbed the No. 2 spot in the American Conference with the victory.

Jonathan Bullock passed for 105 yards and two more scores. On defense, Robert Ramsusson had 11 tackles and Abuid Rivera eight more. Jayden Freeman and Justin Barnes recovered fumbles and Barnes and Talen Leach each had interceptions.

Ramstein 30, Wiesbaden 20: Friday at Wiesbaden, Lucas Hollenbeck passed for two touchdowns as the Royals won their first game of the season.

Liam Delp caught one scoring pass from Hollenbeck and Caden Nims another. Ethan Wilson blocked a punt and scored on the play for the Royals. Wilson and John Thompson combined for 160 yards rushing.

Thompson led the Ramstein defense with eight tackles and two sacks and Landon Torroll had eight tackles and Wilson five.

Monroe Davis rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors. Abner Elias caught one pass for a touchdown and ran for another. Chris Edwards threw for 94 yards.

On defense, Davis and Evan Cook had three tackles each and assisted on 11 more.

Division II

Naples 44, Rota 0: Saturday at Naples, the Wildcats routed the winless Admirals to stay unbeaten.

A Rota safety started off the scoring and Cameron Collins returned the ensuing kick for a score. Gary Oliver then rushed for a 6-yard score for the Wildcats before Collins returned a punt for a score to put Naples up 23-0 after a quarter.

Camden Kasparek’s 46-yard TD pass to Marcus Wilson and Gary Oliver’s 21-yard score put the Wildcats up 37-0 at halftime.

Liam Hicks threw an 11-yard touchdown to Kyson Fromm in the fourth quarter. Henri Schneider added his fifth point after touchdown on the day.

Michael Danield led Naples with 81 yards rushing. Damien Tiumalu had eight tackles for the Wildcats, while Caden Averill had two interceptions and Chris White and Collins one apiece.

The Wildcats have defeated their three D-II opponents 129-17 and play all three again before the playoffs begin.

Aviano 38, Vicenza 6: Friday at Vicenza, the Saints bounced back from a loss to unbeaten Naples to improve to 2-1.

Deon Walker, Colin North, Malakai Harkley, Andrew Walker and Patrick Romanizzi all scored touchdowns for Aviano, which led 18-0 at halftime.

Anthony Davis had an interception for the Saints, while leading tacklers were Cristiano Peterson, Javan Sherrod and Paul Ablang.

Jonathan Layton was the leading rusher for Vicenza and Daniel Bagoubeu the leading tackler.

Division III

Brussels 44, Alconbury 0: Saturday at Brussels, Demarkus Charles combined to rush for five touchdowns as the Brigands stayed unbeaten in six-man football.

Pierce also returned an interception for a score. Matej Marinkovic added four extra points and recovered his own onside kick. Sawyer Ter Horst and Antonio Pranjic led the team in tackles.

Spangdahlem 54, Sigonella 7: Saturday at Spangdahlem, Casey Supinger threw for 149 yards and five touchdowns as the Sentinels reached and exceed the mercy rule margin in the first half.

Robert Leggett caught three passes for TDs from Supinger and Michael Landers hauled in two more.

Supinger also recovered a fumble on defense and Landers had three tackles and a sack.

Ansbach 33, AFNORTH 32: Friday at Brunnsum, Yannic Miranda passed for 335 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars outlasted the Lions in overtime.

Alexander Pohlman caught six passes for 144 yards and two scores for Ansbach, while Collin Robertson caught another pass for a touchdown and ran in another score. Antonio Puente and Nathaniel Carter also caught passes for scores.

Puente and Carter starred on defense for Ansbach with eight tackles each. Elijah Antonetty and Jayden Murray each had four tackles.

The game was tied at 19-19 before entering overtime.


International School of Brussels 22, SHAPE 19: Saturday at Mons, the Spartans couldn’t overcome five turnovers in a homecoming loss.

Junior quarterback Brady Wellington connected with Jaime Munoz-Delgado Bernal for a 70-yard scoring play in the first half and also ran for a touchdown. Ethan Barden returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a score.

But SHAPE fumbled the ball three times and had two passes intercepted in falling to the Raiders in the American Football International League game.

Barden had four solo tackles to lead the Spartans, while Keller Schutt and Thomas McCabe-Hefner each had four. The trio assisted on 11 more.

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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for almost 38 years.

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