(Stars and Stripes)

Stuttgart bounced back from the program’s first loss since 2018 with a 50-0 home win over Wiesbaden on Friday night.

The Panthers (1-1) invoked the mercy rule by halftime.

Junior quarterback Ty Jones led the way for Stuttgart, going 7-of-10 passing for 225 yards and five touchdowns. Those scores went to five receivers – Caleb Fox, Jace Holmes, Gabe Whaley, Kevin Lee and Alex Guthrie.

Holmes added 130 yards on five carries. Maurice Korie found paydirt on his lone rush of 65 yards, Cameron McQueen rushed the ball three times for 28 yards and a score and Kia Lewis added a touchdown for the Panthers.

On the other side of the ball, Alex Samler corralled two fumbles caused by Jakob White, who had five tackles. Samler also sacked the quarterback twice.

Senior Jack Gruver added two sacks and two solo tackles, while junior Jonathan Vernetti recorded five solo tackles. Gabe Whaley picked off one pass and Ian Clingan got a sack.

The Panthers travel to first-place Lakenheath on Sept. 22. Wiesbaden hosts its first home game of the season when Kaiserslautern comes to town next week.

Division II

Naples 26, Aviano 14: The Wildcats had to come back from a seven-point first-quarter deficit to defeat the Saints at home on Saturday.

Aviano (1-1) opened the scoring with a 10-yard pick-six and retook the lead with an 80-yard kick return after Naples running back Robert Oliver scored on a 33-yard touchdown.

After that, it was all Wildcats (2-0). They scored 19 unanswered points, with Oliver scampering for a 7-yard score in the second quarter and a 12-yard touchdown in the third to give Naples the lead. Gab-riel Doran scored the last points on a 7-yard touchdown.

Oliver totaled 286 yards on 28 carries. Doran carried the ball eight times for 62 yards and added 38 yards on five catches.

Diondre Tili made eight tackles, while Michael Daniels forced a fumble when the Saints were threatening to score.

Up next for the Wildcats is a trip to Vicenza on Sept. 22, while Aviano hosts Rota on Sept. 23.

Vicenza 14, Rota 2: The Cougars outlasted the Admirals in a defensive struggle on Saturday in Spain.

Rota (0-2) opened the scoring with a safety by Anthony Romero and Ricardo Villegas-Valle.

Vicenza (1-1) responded by scoring 14 points off turnovers. First, linebacker Sebastian Radler scored on a 44-yard pick-six, then the Cougars recovered a fumble on the Rota 1-yard line. James Allen punched the ball into the end zone after that.

Admiral linebacker Daniel Guido and Jonathan King each had 10 solo tackles and four tackles for a loss.

Vicenza hosts Naples on Sept. 22, while Rota travels to Aviano on Sept. 23.

Division III

Spangdahlem 58, Sigonella 6: The Sentinels continue their strong start to the season with a big home victory over the Jaguars on Friday.

The combination of quarterback Casey Supinger and Robert Leggett led the way for Spangdahlem (2-0). Supinger went 10-of-14 passing for 300 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those scores went to Leggett, who amassed 239 yards on seven catches.

Smith ran for 76 yards and a touchdown, while Makario Drummond added 70 yards and a score on the ground.

On defense, Drummond picked off three passes and made three tackles. Supinger recorded a safety and recovered a fumble to go with three tackles.

The Sentinels travel to Ansbach on Sept. 22, while Sigonella (1-1) hosts Hohenfels.

Brussels 62, Hohenfels 14: The Brigands traveled to Bavaria to pick up a win over the Tigers.

Trahson Fortenberry scored both touchdowns for Hohenfels (0-2), one on a pass and the other an interception.

Brussels (2-0) hosts Alconbury on Sept. 22, and Hohenfels travels to Sigonella on Sept. 23.

Belgian-Netherlands League

SHAPE 34, South Holland Football Academy 28: The Spartans erased a 12-point deficit with a strong second-half performance to defeat the Trojans on Saturday.

Keller Schutt led the comeback for SHAPE, accounting for four touchdowns – one through the air and three on the ground. The junior, who moved from receiver to quarterback this season, went 9-of-25 passing for 93 yards and an interception and added 146 yards on 20 carries.

Sophomore Chris Carter caught Schutt’s touchdown pass, while Nacho Calzada de la Pisa ran in the last touchdown. Senior Kayson Boos caught five passes for 63 yards and averaged 10 yards per carry for a total of 50.

Defensively, the Spartans nabbed three interceptions, one each by senior Santiago Torrente de la Pisa, freshman Tristan Neago and Carter. Torrente de la Pisa recorded 8.5 tackles, Calzada de la Pisa had 7.5 tackles and senior linebacker Chris Carew contributed 6.5 in the win.

The Spartans return to action on Sept. 23 against the Ostende Pirates.

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Matt is a sports reporter for Stars and Stripes based in Kaiserslautern, Germany. A son of two career Air Force aircraft maintenance technicians, he previously worked at newspapers in northeast Ohio for 10 years and is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

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