European Div. I football: Wiesbaden, Heidelberg move on to finals
Lones Sieber kicked the game-winning extra point in overtime Saturday to give the Wiesbaden Warriors a 28-27 victory over the Ramstein Royals in a European Division I high school semifinal football game in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Sieber’s boot followed Paul Fry’s 4-yard TD run on Wiesbaden’s first possession overtime to propel the Warriors into this Saturday’s Division I title game against unbeaten Heidelberg in Baumholder.
Ramstein scored first in the tie-breaker, in which each team gets the ball on the 10-yard line with four downs to play. But the Royals’ PAT try bounced off the right upright and opened the door for Wiesbaden.
Sieber, who earlier had thrown a 40-yard option pass to Daniel Stouter for a touchdown on a reverse, was up to the challenge and was carried off the field by his teammates.
The PAT was his fourth of the game, and his second successive crucial kick.
In the fourth quarter, he added the point that tied the game at 21 after Matt Alexander had returned an intercepted Eric Murray pass for a game-tying score. Alexander intercepted Murray off again with 22 seconds to play to send the game to OT.
For Fry, who carried 13 times for 85 yards, the touchdown in overtime was his second of the game. Dan Villareal added 77 yards on 14 rushes.
Murray, who was 4-for-8 on the day, connected with Brennan Relaford for two TDs and rushed for a third score.
Mark Stephenson rushed for the other Ramstein TD.
Shaun Honts, with nine solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, led the Ramstein defense, which also got 14 tackles and an interception from Matt Slaymaker.
Ramstein, the defending European Division I champion, finished its season 3-4. Wiesbaden will take a 6-1 record into the title game.
In Saturday’s other D-1 semi:
Heidelberg 30, Würzburg 0
At Heidelberg, the Lions blanked the Wolves for the second straight week, holding their guests to 19 yards of total offense.
Brandon Simmons posted a pair of sacks and T.J. Trice intercepted a Würzburg pass for the Heidelberg defense, which held the Wolves to minus-seven yards rushing.
Adding to the defensive charge was a Steve Haas safety.
Jordan Yakana rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns for Heidelberg (7-0).
Chris Jones, who had 82 yards rushing, scored the other TD.