STUTTGART, Germany – The defending champion Wiesbaden Warriors clinched an unbeaten regular season and the outright top seed in the upcoming DODDS-Europe Division I football semifinals with a convincing 48-6 win over the host Patch Panthers on Saturday.
Patch, a solid playoff-bound team in its own right, largely suppressed the dangerous Warrior offense in the first half, taking just a 13-0 deficit into the locker room. But the reigning champs exploded after halftime with for five touchdowns to secure the runaway victory.
Wiesbaden quarterback Tim Cuthbert rushed for 107 yards and scored a touchdown apiece via running and passing, with the latter coming on a 44-yard score to Alfred Freed. Keyshaun Greene, Christian Guevra, Anthony Little and Deshon Barrow each ran for a touchdown; Greene took top rushing honors on the day with 102 yards on 11 carries.
Akeem Cranfield tacked on a defensive score for the Warriors with an interception return for touchdown. Christopher Hobson made 10 tackles for Wiesbaden.
Quarterback Holten Sparling put the Panthers on the board with a late 85-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Becker. Sparling finished with 118 yards on 8-for-13 passing.
Patch’s Kyle Hartzell led all tacklers with 13, while Jay Deal and Jamie Ensley each made an interception for the Panthers.
Patch will take the third seed in next weekend’s semifinals and head to second-seeded Ramstein. The Royals beat the Panthers 45-0 on Sept. 20.
Unbeaten Wiesbaden will host Kaiserslautern in a semifinal game next Saturday.