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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – Senior tailback Jon Groteleuschen rushed the ball 43 times for 186 yards Saturday to carry the Ramstein Royals to a 15-7 victory over the defending European Division I champion Heidelberg Lions.Groteleuschen gave Ramstein (3-1) the early lead with a 5-yard TD run in the first quarter, and after Heidelberg tied the game just before halftime on a 32-yard TD pass from Kevin Gray to Alex Weaver, “…took the team on his back and ran us downfield” for 135 second-half yards, according to Ramstein coach Carlos Amponin.Groteleuschen’s run got Ramstein close enough in the third period for junior quarterback Dylan Le Page to sneak in from a yard out for the decisive TD, and Groteleuschen ran for the two-point conversion.Groteleuschen’s major contribution to ball control and opportunistic play from the Ramstein secondary allowed the Royals to hold off what Amponin called “a ridiculously tough” Heidelberg team.Senior safety Jaap Van Gaalen and junior safety Zack Boswell each picked off Gray passes, and Boswell recovered a fumble to blunt another Heidelberg drive.The turnovers allowed Ramstein to absorb Weaver’s four catches, which netted 61 yards, with minimal damage.Mezzan El Sayed, who gained 39 yards on nine carries, led the Heidelberg defense with 14 tackles and a fumble recovery. Carlos Dillon also recovered a fumble and was in on seven stops.Ramstein remained tied atop the D-I standing and will close out the regular season at Lakenehsth on Saturday and at home against Filton on Oct. 22.Heidelberg (2-2) closes its season at home against D-I co-leaders Vilseck and Patch, on Oct. 15 and 22, respectively. The top four teams in the Division qualify for the European D-I semifinals on Oct. 29.

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