WIESBADEN, Germany – Long kickoff-returns on Saturday propelled the Wiesbaden Warriors past the Wiesbaden Phantoms, a German club team, 26-6.
According to Warriors’ coach Steve Jewell, Dan Aslakson returned the opening kickoff 68 yards to the Phantom 25-yard line, and All-Europe running back Daniel Harris Jr. carried the ball into the end zone three plays later.
Then, after Julien Schneider returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards to make the score 7-6, Wiesbaden answered with Bryan Seeley’s return of the game’s third kickoff. Seeley raced to the Phantoms’ six-yard line to set up the Warriors’ second score en route to a 20-6 halftime lead.
Harris, who would rush for 154 yards on 11 carries and complete five-of-12 passes for 52 yards, ran in his second TD of the day from 15 yards out, and Gabe Diaz plunged in from a yard away for the Warriors’ other first-half TD.
Jewell reported that a long Phantoms’ pass for an apparent first-half TD was called back for holding, and the Warriors’ defense, led by Dequan Reed and Daniel Mattner with eight tackles each and Sean Byasse’s pass interception, kept the Warriors’ end zone inviolate thereafter.
Aslakson, who rushed seven times for 50 yards, collected the Warriors’ lone score of the second half on a 12-yard run.
The game, played on the Phantoms’ home field, was an exhibition outing for the Warriors, last year’s European D-I runners-up who are scheduled to open their Division I season Saturday at Vilseck.From staff reports