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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – The Ramstein Royals clinched a playoff berth in DODEA-Europe Division I football Friday with a 42-7 victory over Wiesbaden.

The Royals ran roughshod over the Warriors, with John Thompson leading the charge.

The running back amassed 259 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns, including a 69-yard scamper in the third quarter to give Ramstein a 28-point advantage. His other two scores – of 8 and 17 yards – came in the first half, as the Royals cruised to a 28-7 lead at the break.

Ethan Wilson chipped in with 76 carries on 10 carries, while quarterback Lucas Hollenbeck ran for a 1-yard score in the first quarter and connected with Caden Nims for a 38-yard TD in the second.

On defense, Gage Phillips grabbed one interception and blocked a punt. Xadun Engelbrecht collected two sacks.

Wiesbaden’s lone score came on an interception returned by Abner Elias before halftime.

With their postseason spot booked, the Royals will travel to Stuttgart for a semifinal on Oct. 21 after finishing up the regular season with a tilt against Lakenheath. Wiesbaden finishes its season Oct. 14 by hosting the Panthers.

Lakenheath 43, Kaiserslautern 0: Friday at Lakenheath, the Lancers needed a quarter to get going in a rout of the Raiders.

With the game scoreless after the first, Lakenheath (5-1) exploded for 22 points in the second quarter thanks to three touchdown passes from Nico Marchini. The quarterback connected with receiver Isaiah Watson on fourth down for a 10-yard score, hit Dante Thompson for a 20-yard TD and then tossed a 25-yarder to Tyler Bane for the last one.

Marchini finished the game with 9-of-15 passing for 136 yards. He added a 15-yard touchdown on the ground.

Running back Gavin Idleman averaged 17 yards per attempt en route to a 102-yard performance, 67 of which came on a score late in the third quarter. He also threw for two 2-point conversions.

Lakenheath’s defense forced four turnovers, as the unit posted its third shutout of the season.

The Lancers already clinched a home playoff game on Oct. 21. Kaiserslautern ends with the regular season with a showdown against Vilseck to determine Division I’s last playoff spot.

Stuttgart 42, Vilseck 7: Friday at Stuttgart, the Panthers continued to roll with a homecoming win over the Falcons.

Stuttgart (6-0) scored all 42 points in the first quarter, starting with its first offensive play. Caiden Ray sprinted 70 yards down the sideline for a score just two minutes into the game.

A pair of interceptions by Daryl Drake and Ian Lewis on Vilseck’s next two drives set up the Panthers’ next scores. Trenton Jackson broke several tackles for a 21-yard score to make it 14-0, and after the second interception, Josh Zipperer went untouched from 16 yards out.

Two plays after Jace Holmes’ 8-yard score made it 28-0 Stuttgart, a Vilseck fumble recovered by Lewis gave the Panthers a short field, of which Jackson took advantage by punching in an 8-yard score.

Gabe Tamez picked off another pass for the Falcons’ fourth turnover of the first quarter. On the ensuing drive, Ray threw a short pass to Jackson, who weaved his way through the Vilseck defense on his way to a 52-yard score.

Vilseck struck back in the second quarter with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Aron Atakuzi to Ibrahima Balde, but the damage had been done by then.

Division III

Brussels 50, Sigonella 46: Friday at Sigonella, the Brigands outlasted the Jaguars to stay unbeaten on the season.

Sigonella’s rushing attack gave the Jaguars a lead in the third quarter, but Brussels (5-0) managed to bounce back. William Pierce scored the game-winning touchdown for the Brigands.

Demarkus Charles, Jabriel Wells and Sawyer Ter Horsts also hit pay dirt for Brussels.

Drake Dawson ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns for the Jaguars. Jaydon Reed rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns and scored another on a 29-yard pass play. Drake Dawson had 13 tackles and two sacks on defense. John Berry had 11 tackles and a sack.  

Brussels enters a bye week, while Sigonella finishes the regular season at Alconbury.

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Matt is a sports reporter for Stars and Stripes based in Kaiserslautern, Germany. A son of two career Air Force aircraft maintenance technicians, he previously worked at newspapers in northeast Ohio for 10 years and is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

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