European Div. I H.S. football: Wiesbaden takes control early, rolls to 37-7 win
November 8, 2004
BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Wiesbaden set the tone early in the Division I football championship Saturday night, as the Warriors mounted a 17-play, 76-yard drive that consumed more than eight minutes.
Paul Fry capped the opening march by powering over from the 4-yard line, and the Warriors were on their way to a 37-7 romp over previously unbeaten Heidelberg. It was the first of Fry’s four scores on the rainy Saturday night.
Fry, following the crushing lead blocks of 245-pound senior fullback Dan Villareal, carried the ball on seven of the 17 plays in the drive. For the game, he gashed the Lions for 133 yards on 21 carries.
Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell said that was the plan all along.
“We felt like we could capitalize on the strength of our offensive line,” he said. “We challenged them all week by telling them that if they could compete with Heidelberg’s line offensively and defensively, we would win.”
The message got through, according to senior tackle Derek Almen.
“We had confidence in practice,” he said. “We knew we would get our blocks.”
The Warriors (7-1) also installed a no-huddle offense that helped them avenge a 32-19 regular-season home loss to the Lions (7-1) on Oct. 2.
“I was excited when I saw the plan,” Fry said. “With the hurry-up offense, I knew I would get a lot of carries.”
Fry also took a shine to the T-formation that the Wiesbaden staff revived as a way to use the talents of its power runners.
“I like it a lot,” Fry said of the Warriors’ blast from the past. “The defense doesn’t know whom to key on.”
The change in strategy and the offensive line produced 266 rushing yards. Fry scored on runs of 4, 11, 5 and 3 yards. Villareal had nine carries for 73 yards.
“Big Dan was a monster out there,” Jewell said. “On defense, he was everywhere.”
As were most of the Warriors.
Wiesbaden’s defenders, who played an epic game in last year’s 7-6 title game loss to Ramstein, held Heidelberg to 132 yards rushing, allowed just 13 net passing yards and recovered four of seven Lion fumbles.
Wiesbaden also added a weapon it didn’t have in 2003 — kicker Lones Seiber.
In addition to nailing field goals of 23, 25 and 38 yards and all four PATs, Sieber’s deep kickoffs (three of five for touchbacks) pinned back Heidelberg all night.
Heidelberg’s only score was a product of its only decent starting position of the night.
The Lions took over on the Wiesbaden 44 when Sieber slipped attempting to punt in the third quarter. Jordan Yakana, who earlier had kept the drive going by running 15 yards on fourth down, bolted into the end zone from nine yards out on fourth-and-3.
The rest of the time, it was all Wiesbaden.
“They just outplayed us,” Heidelberg coach Brad Shahan said.
Division I championship
(Saturday at Baumholder)
Wiesbaden 14 10 0 13 37
Heidelberg 0 0 7 0 7
Wies— Paul Fry 4 run (Lones Seiber kick), 4:08
Wies—Fry 14 run (Seiber kick), 2:14
Wies—Seiber 23 field goal, 3:34
Wies—Fry 5 run (Seiber kick), :25
Heid—Jordan Yakana 9 run (Joseph Conway kick), 3:33
Wies—Seiber 28 field goal, 9:20
Wies—Seiber 35 field goal, 4:36.
First downs 15 6
Rushes-yards 51-266 33-132
Passing net yards 5 13
Comp-att- int 4-7-0 2-10-1
Fumbles-lost 2-1 7-4
Punts-avg. 1-40 3-36.3
Penalties-yards 6-40 3-20