Vicenza can't stop Naples in 51-0 rout
NAPLES, Italy – Joseph Pitts ran for one touchdown and passed to Jun Jun Gallardo for a second TD Saturday as the muscular Naples Wildcats gashed the Vicenza Cougars for 38 first-half points en route to a 51-0 Division II-South victory.The first-half burst was more than enough for the Naples defense, which averages 230 pounds across the front, according to Naples coach Dirk Lambertson.“I’ll put our defense up against any in Europe,” Lambertson said in a Saturday-night phone call. “Our defensive coach, Steve Altstiel, does magic.”Manning the magician’s cape on the field Saturday for Altstiel were linebacker Sam LeVault, who made 13 tackles and recovered a fumble, and Zach Cheek and Brian Pfirrmann, who registered seven stops each. Keeping pace, however, with the Naples offense and defense on Saturday were the Wildcat special teams, which blocked an astonishing four Vicenza punts. David Arrequin knocked down three of them, recovering two and returning them for touchdowns. J.P. Morillo blocked the fourth one.Also scoring for the Wildcats were Kyle Baldree, who found the end zone twice on a day which saw him rush the ball 21 times for 81 yards, LeVault and Patricio Hernandez, Lambertson said.Pitts completed six-of-16 passes good for 58 yards and a TD for Naples, which next is to host Aviano on Saturday. Vicenza is scheduled for a trip to Schweinfurt the same day.