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Raiders rally for late touchdown to down Warriors

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 22, 2018

WIESBADEN, Germany -- The Kaiserslautern Raiders executed a late scoring drive Friday night to claim a 19-14 DODEA-Europe Division I football win over the Wiesbaden Warriors.

Kaiserslautern took possession on its own 35-yard line with just under 5  minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and one-point deficit to overcome. The Raiders did so with a steady drive culminating in a 3-yard touchdown run by Corey Coombs in the final minute.

The winning Kaiserslautern drive followed what might have been a similarly decisive drive by Wiesbaden earlier in the fourth quarter. Josh Blake scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to tie the score, and the Warriors’ extra point gave the home team a 14-13 lead.

That flurry of action was a welcome contrast to the scoreless, turnover-marred first half that preceded it. Coombs and Wiesbaden’s Mark Peltier exchanged touchdown runs to break the deadlock after halftime, and Kaiserslautern’s Solo Turgeon ran a fake punt 58 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to set up the dramatic endgame.

Coombs finished with 272 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries. Andrew Wells paced the Raiders with nine tackles.

Sean Patton carried 13 times for 94 yards to lead the Warriors, while Devon Holland and Devon Smith made eight tackles apiece for Wiesbaden.

With the victory, Kaiserslautern matched the win total it produced in 2017 and improved to 1-1 in the race for a Division I semifinal spot. The Raiders face Vilseck at home next weekend.

Wiesbaden drops to 1-1 in conference play and 1-2 overall with a visit to defending champion Stuttgart up next.

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