Vilseck shuts down Wiesbaden in 25-8 win
VILSECK, Germany – For the Vilseck Falcons, the major lesson of Day 1 was that in 2011 they can count on their defense.The Falcons allowed All-European Daniel Harris to cross their goal line from 16 yards out with 8:05 left in the first quarter Saturday, surrendered the two-point conversion to Harris, then shut out him and the rest of the Wiesbaden Warriors the rest of the way en route to a 25-8 victory in the season-opening Division I game for both teams.“To hold a team like that for most of the game is an accomplishment,”Vilseck coach Jim Hall said by telephone on Saturday after his Falcons limited Harris, a 1,000-plus-yard rusher in 2010, to just 58 yards on the ground. Harris completed six-of-14 passes for 112 yards, but the Vilseck defense picked off one of those 12 throws on their own two-yard line to end a third-quarter threat that could have cut the Wiesbaden deficit to one touchdown.“They had the ball for eight of the 12 minutes in the third quarter,” Hall said of his team’s biggest gut-check of the game, “but we held them out.”According to Hall, Riley Fees led Vilseck’s defensive charge with 11 tackles, four of them for losses. Shawn Peebles added nine stops, and Carlton Campbell came up with four stops and the drive-killing pick on the two-yard line.Campbell also led the Falcons’ rushing chart, running the ball eight times for 97 yards. Peebles rushed for 95 yards on seven carries, one of them a 75-yard second-quarter TD scamper that put Vilseck ahead to stay.Vilseck quarterback Daniel Arroyo got his team’s run of 25 unanswered points going with 1:50 left in the first period when he crashed over from the one-yard line, Hall said. Peebles ran for the conversion to tie the game 8-8.After Peebles broke his 75-yarder with 7:55 to go before halftime, Tyler Lewis, who would finish the game with 55 yards on three rushes, uncorked a 45-yard TD jaunt just eight seconds ahead of the halftime whistle. Jesse Partee booted his second PAT kick of the period to make it 22-8 at intermission.Partee toed through a 25-yard field goal with 3:59 to play for the game’s final points, the only score of a defense-dominated second half.Arroyo completed one of his two pass attempts on the day, a 45-yard gain to Derrick Woulard. Hakeem Camur caught three passes good for 58 yards for Wiesbaden, which was coming off a 26-6 exhibition victory the previous Saturday over the Wiesbaden Phantoms of the German league.Dan Alakson posted eight tackles and Deqush Reed six stops for Wiesbaden, which is scheduled to host defending European D-I champion Heidelberg on Saturday in a rematch of last November’s title game. Heidelberg turned Wiesbaden back 23-20 in double-overtime in that one.Vilseck is scheduled to play at Patch on Saturday in a battle of unbeaten teams. The Panthers downed Ramstein 26-12 on Saturday.