Panthers stay perfect by rollling over Lancers
STUTTGART, Germany -- The undefeated Stuttgart Panthers had no trouble with their overmatched semifinal opponent on Saturday, handling the fourth-seeded Lakenheath Lancers 59-6 in a DODEA-Europe Division I football semifinal at Stuttgart.
The top-seeded Panthers advance to next week's European championship game against the defending champion Ramstein Royals, who beat Kaiserslautern 35-21 in Saturday's other semifinal. Stuttgart is looking for its third title in the last five seasons.
Alec Kenfield completed five passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers, while Sabriel Ashley handled two touchdown catches. Jordan McCullough had 10 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Stuttgart ground attack; Trent Jackson, De'Shawn Larson and Itsuki Murphy added touchdowns to the effort.
Cam Bochannek totaled seven tackles, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and an interception in an outstanding all-around defensive performance.
Shayne Brooks got the Lancers on the board early with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that would prove to be the visitors' only score. Thomas Leachman led Lakenheath with eight tackles and Caleb McIntosh added five tackles and an interception.