Robinson’s TD run lifts Hohenfels into D-II playoffs
HOHENFELS – James Robinson ran 15 yards for a second-quarter touchdown Saturday to boost the Hohenfels Tigers to a 7-0 victory over the Vicenza Cougars. The victory in this regular-season finale for both teams earned the Tigers the fourth and final playoff berth in Division II-South.
Andre Walker kicked the extra point, and the Tigers’ defense took over from there to pin a second straight shutout loss on the Cougars. Vicenza dropped a 6-0 verdict the previous Friday night at Aviano.
Linebacker Derek Walker led the Tigers’ shutout-pitching defense, according to information provided to Stars and Stripes on Tuesday by Ed Lynch of Hohenfels. Lynch credited Walker with six solo and five assisted tackles. Also looming large defensively for the Tigers, who’ll take a 2-3 record into Saturday’s European Division II quarterfinal game at Bitburg, were Jean Aquino (six solos, eight assists), Robinson (five solos, three assists) and Kile Zeltner (three solos, five assists).
Aquino led Hohenfels with 74 yards rushing, according to Lynch, who added that Xavier Davis gained 59 yards on the ground for his team. The Tigers, who walloped D-II newcomer Schweinfurt 50-2 the previous week, will be riding a two-game winning streak when they invade Bitburg on Saturday and attempt to dethrone the two-time defending European D-II champion Barons. Bitburg has won its last 19 games.
Vicenza, which closed its 2011 campaign with an 0-5 record, failed to score for the third time this season despite 75 rushing yards from Anthony Pleasant and 50 more from John Suero. Malcolm Dorsey’s six unassisted and 11 assisted tackles led the Cougars’ defense, which allowed just four touchdowns in its final three games of the season.