by Robert Baldwin
Sophomore quarterback Nelson Rivas threw four touchdown passes, three to senior Nick Henry and one to senior Tre Dotson, as Kaiserslautern overcame a 14-7 deficit to defeat visiting Wiesbaden 45-30, Sept. 6. The teams meet again in Wiesbaden on Sept. 27.
Kaiserslautern newcomer Darius Camp opened the game in electrifying fashion by running back the opening kickoff 85 yards to give the Raiders a stunning lead. Camp also played linebacker on defense and had three tackles for loss.
The 6’4, 212-pound Dotson, who decided as a senior to add high school football to his athletic resume this year, caught a pass from Rivas and scampered 42 yards for his touchdown. Dotson added two two-point conversion receptions on offense and had seven tackles, four for loss, from his defensive end position. Stephon Hernandez-Cooley ran an interception in for a score and blocked a Wiesbaden Point After Touchdown attempt.
Junior Eathan Renkisiak anchored the Raiders’ offensive line and was strong from his linebacker position, including a forced fumble and a batted pass.
“We started off slow and made numerous mistakes that a well-coached, very aggressive Wiesbaden team took advantage of,” said Head Coach Robert Allen. “We got down on points, but we never lost confidence. The boys showed grit and resiliency to come back and control the second half.”
The Raiders host league opponent Stuttgart tonight. Both teams are 1-0.