Lions open title defense by downing Filton
HEIDELBERG, Germany – Slot back Chance Bullard got to the corner for touchdown runs of 28 and 55 yards Saturday as the defending European D-I champion Heidelberg Lions blanked the Filton Academy Pride, 27-0.Bullard was hyper-efficient in making a winner of new coach Larry Daffin in his debut game in Europe. Bullard carried just three times, twice into the end zone, and gained 96 total yards.All-European Wayne Dawkins, who broke an off-tackle run for a 35-yard TD, was the game’s leading rusher with 129 yards on 13 carries. He also caught a nine-yard pass.All-Europe quarterback Kevin Gray, who completed five of 12 passes for 64 yards, connected for a 30-yard scoring pass to Calvin Baisden, a transfer from defunct Mannheim High School. Baisden finished with three grabs for 45 yards.Heidelberg didn’t confine the big plays to the offensive side of the ball. Michael Pons set up Dawkins’ TD run by returning a pass interception 40 yards, and middle linebacker Mezzan El Sayed returned a second pick 15 yards for the Lions. El Sayed also made eight tackles, one of them behind the line of scrimmage, but the team leader in that department was defensive lineman Carlos Dillon, who registered two tackles for loss and half-a-sack among his nine stops.Running stars Dawkins and Bullard also excelled on defense. Dawkins made seven tackles and defended a pass; Bullard came up with six tackles, one of them for a loss.Filton managed just 166 yards of total offense, but did recover two Heidelberg fumbles and blocked a Heidelberg punt.Next up for the Lions is a Saturday trip to Wiesbaden; Filton is scheduled to host Lakenheath the same day.