Europe Div. I football: Ramstein downs Kaiserslautern, clinches conference crown
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A.J. Hawkins and Cyril Borden each ran for first-half TDs as Ramstein clinched the regular-season Division I conference championship with a 21-12 victory Saturday over Kaiserslautern.
Ramstein (5-0, 4-0) still has a regular-season game left this Saturday at Würzburg, but the Royals hold the head-to-head tiebreaker edge over both of the two teams, Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, that could possibly tie them this week.
Hawkins and Borden produced a 13-6 halftime lead that proved to be enough, even though Kaiserslautern struck with 1 minute left in the game on a 60-yard option-play run by Quinten Strawder.
“Kaiserslautern is very underrated,” said Ramstein coach Glenn Porter. “They are big and tough.”
Porter credited the punt returns of Ste’phan James as playing a large role in Ramstein’s victory. “He kept giving us good field position,” Porter said.
Kaiserslautern (1-4, 1-3) travels to Lakenheath on Saturday, where a victory will clinch the fourth-and-final berth in the D-I playoffs.
In Saturday’s other Division I games:
Wiesbaden 41, Lakenheath 2At Lakenheath, All-European Shannon McCray rushed 11 times for 239 yards and three TDs for Wiesbaden (3-2, 3-1), while Aaron Orr passed for 128 yards for the Warriors.
Travis Howland scored the only points for Lakenheath (0-5, 0-4) when he tackled a Wiesbaden runner in the Warriors’ end zone.
Heidelberg 19, Würzburg 12At Würzburg, Darrel Rivers blocked a punt for what proved to be the decisive touchdown as the Lions (4-1, 3-1) escaped with a victory.
Andrew Spellman rushed for 200 yards for Heidelberg, which hosts Wiesbaden on Saturday in a game to see which of the two will host the other in the European D-I semis on Oct. 29.
Cameron Huffmann amassed 100 yards passing for Würzburg (1-4, 1-3).