Vilseck keeps hopes alive by downing Wiesbaden
VILSECK, Germany -- The Vilseck Falcons beat the Wiesbaden Warriors 14-10 on Saturday, winning one of the more dramatic games of the DODDS-Europe football season and complicating the Division I playoff picture.
The host Falcons played their usual brand of smash-mouth defense; this time they also made the key plays necessary to parlay that into victory.
Vilseck quarterback Austin Archangel tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Scott midway through the fourth quarter, putting the home team ahead by what would eventually stand as the final score. But the path from there to the final horn wasn't that straightforward.
Vilseck made an interception on Wiesbaden's potential go-ahead possession, but a penalty call reversed the turnover and extended the Warriors' drive. Wiesbaden marched deep into Falcon territory before Vilseck's defense came through again, this time on a Jaleel Edwards interception in the end zone.
The Falcons ran out the clock to earn the first divisional win of their eventful season.
Armando Pinckney put the Falcons on the board just before halftime with a 5-yard touchdown run, capitalizing on field position provided by a Kenneth Hooks blocked punt.
Deshon Barrow scored a first-quarter touchdown and Eric Arnold nailed a 20-yard field goal for Wiesbaden.
After missing the playoffs last season, Vilseck has now tied defending champion Ramstein - although that game doesn't count towards playoff positioning - and beaten 2013 champ and 2014 runner-up Wiesbaden. But losses to Stuttgart and Lakenheath have prevented the Falcons from ascending fully into the Division I elite. They'll continue that effort next weekend against winless Kaiserslautern.
Wiesbaden suffers a setback after taking one big step forward last weekend in a rout of those same Raiders. The Warriors will take a precarious 2-1 divisional record into the toughest stretch of their schedule. Their last two regular-season games come against Ramstein, which blanked Wiesbaden in last year's title game, and Stuttgart, which beat Wiesbaden in this year's season opener.