High School football roundup: Vilseck celebrates grand opening
The Vilseck Falcons made their Division I debut a winning one Saturday, scoring 21 unanswered points in a 21-6 nonconference football victory over the visiting Kaiserslautern Red Raiders at Vilseck, Germany.
K-town, of Division I-North, broke sprinter Khairi Smith for a 40-yard TD run six minutes into the second quarter, according to Vilseck coach Jim Hall, but the Falcons turned back K-town’s two-point attempt and stuffed their guests the rest of the way.
"We gave them four possessions inside of our 20-yard line," said Vilseck assistant Sam Cassou, who coached Hanau to the 2007 D-IV championship before moving to Bavaria, "three of them inside the 10. Our defense stopped them every time."
Tyler Hall, like his father a transfer from Naples, threw a 28-yard TD pass to Jamal Grant just before halftime to tie the score, and the first of Phillip Linka’s three PAT kicks put Vilseck, which plays in I-South, ahead to stay.
Joe Camacho got Vilseck some breathing room in the third quarter when he returned a fumble 25 yards for a TD, and Neiko Carr, who carried 23 times for 121 yards, iced the outcome with 3:58 left on a 2-yard run. His score was set up, Cassou reported, by the younger Hall’s 27-yard completion to Shane Calder.
On defense, Hall made eight tackles, two of them sacks, and Vilseck lineman Angelo Hall, like Cassou a transfer from Hanau, posted 11 tackles, registered a sack and knocked down four passes.
In other games Saturday:
Ansbach 52, Patch 0: At Ansbach, Germany, the two-time defending European D-II champion Cougars ran their winning streak to 17 games by blanking Patch of D-I.
"We’re a young team," Ansbach coach Marcus George said by telephone, "but they’re a little younger."
Anthony Adams ran for two touchdowns, and Dominic Barrale passed for two in a game in which the scoring was ended in the third quarter by the courtesy rule.
Barrale completed a 38-yard TD pass to Shaun Francis and a 19-yarder to Carter Gunn. Francis also added a 20-yard TD run as Ansbach handed the ball off to 12 runners.
The Cougars scored twice on Patch fumbles, George reported. Freshman Tim Able fell on one in the end zone. Sam Freeman returned one 25 yards for a TD.
Kevin Stadler led Ansbach defensively with a sack among his eight tackles.
ISB 16, Lakenheath 15: At Brussels, Belgium, much of the excitement came in the game’s final 10 seconds, according to International School of Brussels coach Will Vreugdenhil.
Leading 9-7, International School of Brussels scored on a plunge by Gino Culotta, seemingly putting the game away. But Lakenheath’s Josh Gunter broke the kickoff return for a 70-yard score to make things close again as time expired.
Dominic Culotta led the defense for the D-II Raiders with 10 tackles.
Ramstein 12, Duesseldorf 0: At Ramstein, after a rainy, scoreless first half, Thomas Bolton completed a 20-yard TD pass to Deshawn Murray, and Bryan Hanks plucked a teammate’s fumble out of the air for a second TD as the Royals claimed their second consecutive victory over the German League powerhouse.
Ramstein posted a come-from-behind 25-21 victory over the Panthers last September.
According to Ramstein coach Rudy Oliveira, Murray split two defenders to haul in Bolton’s pass with three minutes left in the third quarter. Hanks’ score, Oliveira said, came after Tim Ortiz had intercepted a Panther pass. Ortiz was hit as he ran down the sideline and the ball popped free, but Hanks was there to make the play.
Heidelberg 38, Amsterdam 0: At Heidelberg, senior Kyle Ulses rushed 23 times for 191 yards and two TDs as the D-I runner-up Lions blanked the Amsterdam Panthers of the Dutch League.
Quarterback Jimmy Montfleury, who completed four of 11 passes for 96 yards, ran for a TD, as did Thomas Hogue, according to Heidelberg statistician Dale Pratt.
Alexander Savusa led the shutout defense with 11 tackles.
Wiesbaden 26, Mannheim 25: At Wiesbaden, Richard Nelson led the charge that denied Mannheim a game-winning two-point conversion with 1:26 to play.
Wiesbaden led 26-7, according to Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell, but Mannheim, behind the passing of quarterback Ben Spindler, got back in the game.
"They hit a pass on third and long, and that got them started," Jewell said by telephone. "They scored three straight touchdowns."
Spindler, who finished 13 of 28 for 207 yards and four touchdowns, found Jeff Hartley five times for 141 yards and three of the TDs.
Jeremiah Simms ran for two Wiesbaden TDs, Marcus Williams ran for one, and Warriors quarterback Ryan Reagan passed to Tyrece Davis for a score.
"Mannheim played with a lot of heart," Jewell said after the II-North conference game. "They played well enough to win."
Sigonella 41, Hohenfels 0: At Sigonella, Italy, the Sigonella Jaguars romped over the visiting Hohenfels Tigers 41-0.
Chris Hamilton and Ryan Lastrella each ran for two touchdowns for the Jaguars in a game ended with 2:52 left in the first half by the 39-point courtesy rule.
Defense led to two other TDs for Sigonella, which won for the first time in two seasons.
DeAnthony Mitchell returned an interception for one score, and Dyrell Parkers blocked a punt and took it in for the other.
"It is nice to have this first victory," Sigonella coach Jen Bunyan wrote in an e-mail, "and we are looking forward to playing AFNORTH next week."
AFNORTH 54, Bamberg 18: At Brunssum, Netherlands, quarterback E.J. Ruiz ran for three touchdowns, scored a fourth on a fumble return and threw a touchdown pass to James Perea as the D-III Lions romped.
"They have a young, developing team," AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship said by telephone, "and we have a solid core."
Blankenship’s son, Brock, is part of that core. He ran for three TDs, according to the elder Blankenship, and made a team-high 14 tackles.
Although the score got out of hand fairly quickly – it was 40-0 in the second quarter – the elder Blankenship praised Bamberg’s decision to play on against his reserves.
Bamberg’s Tyler Chancellor made it 40-6 with a TD run against his AFNORTH’s No. 1 defense. He later added a second TD, and Kevin Brown scored the third for Bamberg, playing in Division II this season for the first time.
SHAPE 21, Naples 13: At Naples, Italy, Jimmy Drago threw two first-half TD passes to Kewin Nelson, and Mitchell Goff ran for a score as the Spartans jumped ahead 21-0 at halftime.
Naples scored twice in the final quarter, according to new head coach Dan Dittmeier, on a quarterback keeper by B.J. Thompson and a 2-yard plunge by Shea Goodnature following a blocked punt. But SHAPE took a knee with 55 seconds to play to preserve the victory in the season opener for both D-II teams.
Vicenza 34, Aviano 21: At Vicenza, Italy, the D-III school claimed victory over its Aviano guests behind two TD runs from Reggie Haines and Mike Niccol’s fumble recovery in the end zone, according to Vicenza coach Adam Ridgley.
Vicenza’s Micky Stoner completed nine of 19 passes for 100 yards and ran seven times for 51 yards.
Kyle Kaus amassed 151 all-purpose yards, Ridgley reported by e-mail.
Jamal Tuck ran for all three Aviano TDs, Ridgley reported.
Wet weather played a factor in the game, he added, as each team fumbled six times.