Raiders lose to Wolfpack, 18-13

Master Sgt. Cullen Combs
Contributing writer

***image1***The Würzburg Wolfpack scored two touchdowns in the second half to give the Kaiserslautern Raiders a heartbreaking 18-13 loss for their third loss of the season Saturday at Würzburg.

The Wolfpack sealed the victory with a five-yard touchdown pass with 4:52 to go in the game.

The Raiders gave them a good fight, however. Down 6-0 in the first half with two seconds on the clock, quarterback Antoine Carter threw a 42-yard pass to senior running back Joshua Warren who lateraled as he got hit to wide receiver Josh Bunch who ran it in from three yards out to make the score 7-6 Raiders at half time.

Building on that momentum, the Raiders came out fired up defensively, holding the Wolfpack to 38 yards rushing on 18 attempts.

Defensive back Joshua Warren recovered a fumble and sprinted 48 yards for the Raiders second score. Safety Michael Westbrook hammered the Würzburg quarterback 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage to set up Warren’s touchdown. The defensive line played with intensity and heart, led by junior tackle Cullen Combs who had six-and-a-half tackles on the day despite being out most of the game with an injured shoulder.

“This game came down to four plays,” said Raider coach Clinton Robinson.

One of those plays was a spectacular 20-yard touchdown catch from the Wolfpack wide receiver in the corner of the end zone to make the score 13-12. Then, Würzburg held the Raiders forcing them to punt twice in the second half. Senior punter Jason Swift kicked four times averaging 56 yards a punt, including a 72-yard boot in the fourth quarter. However, after that long punt, the Wolfpack then drove the ball 81 yards highlighted by a 62-yard pass to set up the go-ahead touchdown.

The Raiders finished with 173 total yards. Of those, 74 were on the ground. The Raider defense held the Wolfpack to 155 total yards. Kaiserslautern and Würzburg have identical records at 1-3 overall, 1-2 in Division 1 play. The Raiders are at Wiesbaden Saturday in a must-win game.