VILSECK, Germany – The Patch Panthers improved to 2-1 on Saturday with a gritty 21-13 overtime win over the host Vilseck Falcons.

Quarterback and placekicker Holten Sparling led the Panthers in regulation, tossing a touchdown pass and making two field goals. The latter three points gave the Panthers a seemingly safe 13-3 lead with under four minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

It wouldn’t be that easy. Richard Rodriguez took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to bring the host Falcons within three points. Vilseck got that last three points on a 33-yard field goal by Caleb Miller with three seconds in regulation, sending the two postseason hopefuls to an extra session.

Patch running back Myles Bryant scored on the Panthers' first overtime possession to put the pressure on Vilseck. The Falcons appeared destined for a tying score of their own before a pair of costly penalties stalled their efforts. A last-ditch pass attempt hit the turf and delivered the win for Patch.​

Both teams still have a viable path to the four-team Division I postseason. Patch is 2-1 and in sole possession of third place, while Vilseck is 1-2 but remains in fourth place ahead of winless Kaiserslautern and Lakenheath.

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