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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The last unblemished record in DODDS-Europe Division I football was roughed up Saturday as the Ramstein Royals knocked off the Stuttgart Panthers 13-6.

The marquee matchup featuring the defending Division I champs against the undefeated and untied upstart easily lived up to its high expectations.

Sophomore running back Connor Davey delivered both of Ramstein's touchdowns as the home team built a 13-0 halftime lead. Davey dove in from 3 yards out to cap the Royals' opening 60-yard drive; a Kyle Glenn interception provided deep field position in the second quarter and set up a 1-yard rush from Davey.

The Panthers climbed back into striking distance when Jamie Ensley intercepted a pass and returned it to the Ramstein 5, leading to a short-range score from Stuttgart back Myles Bryant. The dueling defenses retrenched thereafter, allowing Ramstein to hold its slim lead to the final whistle.

Kyle Hartzell had 14 tackles and Jeremy Nix added nine for the Panthers. Clesson Allman led the Royals with 12 tackles, while Sean Elliott added eight tackles and four assists for the Royals. Brendan Hicks racked up 85 rushing yards for Ramstein.

Stuttgart leapt to the forefront of DODDS-Europe contention early in the season with an opening win over powerhouse Wiesbaden and a rout of Vilseck. Revamped Ramstein started with a tie against that same Vilseck squad but responded with a win over Kaiserslautern, and now ranks as the only undefeated team in Division I entering its visit to Lakenheath next weekend.


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