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Lakenheath's Ayden Davila runs the ball close enough to the goal for the Lancers to score on the next play, bringing the score to 25-0 at RAF Lakenheath on Saturday, Sept 29, 2019.
Lakenheath's Ayden Davila runs the ball close enough to the goal for the Lancers to score on the next play, bringing the score to 25-0 at RAF Lakenheath on Saturday, Sept 29, 2019. (Christopher Dennis/Stars and Stripes)
Lakenheath's Ayden Davila runs the ball close enough to the goal for the Lancers to score on the next play, bringing the score to 25-0 at RAF Lakenheath on Saturday, Sept 29, 2019.
Lakenheath's Ayden Davila runs the ball close enough to the goal for the Lancers to score on the next play, bringing the score to 25-0 at RAF Lakenheath on Saturday, Sept 29, 2019. (Christopher Dennis/Stars and Stripes)
Lakenheath's Shayne Brooks runs the ball during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath game on Saturday, Sept 29, 2019 on RAF Lakenheath.
Lakenheath's Shayne Brooks runs the ball during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath game on Saturday, Sept 29, 2019 on RAF Lakenheath. (Christopher Dennis/Stars and Stripes)
Lakenheath's Shayne Brooks scores a touch down during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath game on Saturday, Sept 29, 2019, bringing the score to 18-0 on RAF Lakenheath.
Lakenheath's Shayne Brooks scores a touch down during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath game on Saturday, Sept 29, 2019, bringing the score to 18-0 on RAF Lakenheath. (Christopher Dennis/Stars and Stripes)
Lakenheath's Evan Butterfield attempts a two-point conversion in the second quarter during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath game Saturday, Sept 29, 2019 on RAF Lakenheath.
Lakenheath's Evan Butterfield attempts a two-point conversion in the second quarter during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath game Saturday, Sept 29, 2019 on RAF Lakenheath. (Christopher Dennis/Stars and Stripes)
Vilseck's Leighty charges through the Lancers' defensive end during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath Football game Saturday, Sept 28, 2019 on RAF Lakenheath
Vilseck's Leighty charges through the Lancers' defensive end during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath Football game Saturday, Sept 28, 2019 on RAF Lakenheath (Christopher Dennis/Stars and Stripes)
Vilseck’s Deonte Myers attempts to catch a pass during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath game Saturday, Sept 29, 2019 on RAF Lakenheath.
Vilseck’s Deonte Myers attempts to catch a pass during the Vilseck vs Lakenheath game Saturday, Sept 29, 2019 on RAF Lakenheath. (Christopher Dennis/Stars and Stripes)

RAF LAKENHEATH, England – Don’t count out the Lakenheath Lancers quite yet.

Lakenheath, which reached the Division I title game a year ago, was in danger of falling out of this year’s race against Vilseck on Saturday. Instead, the Lancers kept their playoff hopes alive by keeping the Falcons winless in division play with a 25-0 triumph.

Vilseck attempted to break a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter but missed a field goal.

Lakenheath, 1-3 on the season overall, showed renewed life in the second quarter.

The Lancers’ Nick Scifo ran for three consecutive first downs to move the team within 20 yards of the goal. He scored two plays later.

Vilseck’s Jordan Leighty, Caleb DeBeltz and Alayne Firth responded with runs to bring the Falcons to within 10 yards of the goal. But the Lancer defense then held firm and the Falcons came away scoreless.

Lakenheath’s Evan Butterfield would complete a 10-yard run for a touchdown later in the quarter, giving the Lancers a 12-0 halftime advantage.

Lakenheath’s Shayne Brooks would tally the next touchdown with four minutes and 28 seconds left in the third quarter and the team again failed to convert after the touchdown.

A minute and a half into the fourth quarter Lakenheath would get another touchdown and the only successful PAT.

The Falcons had opened their season with a 17-7 victory over the Lancers in Germany, but that game was considered non-conference.

“[Lakenheath] beat us at every aspect of the game, offenses, defense and special team,” Falcons coach Jim Hall said. “We thought we were going to come over here and dance on their party, but we didn’t realize that they had improved and we hadn’t.”

Wind definitely played a factor in the game and forced the teams to play more of a running game, both coaches said. “We had a little pass game in mind, but once we saw [the wind] we thought we’d just stick on the ground,” Lancers coach Gabe Feletar said.

Feletar said he was happy with the win, but he hopes the team will shift its focus to its next opponent quickly.

“This is just the start,” he said. “We know we have a tough game against Wiesbaden next, so we’re going to get prepared for that.”

dennis.christopher@stripes.com Twitter: @chrisbdennis

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