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VILSECK, Germany -- The Ramstein Royals scored a pair of fourth-quarter defensive touchdowns to pull away for an 18-3 victory over the host Vilseck Falcons on Saturday.

The dueling defenses produced a shutout through the first half and continued to frustrate each other’s drives in the second. Kyle Glenn registered the game’s only offensive touchdown on a 22-yard run in the third, and Vilseck got on the board via a 36-yard field goal by Maks Cella.

Then the Ramstein defense elevated its efforts from point restriction to point production. Marlon Gutten recovered a fumble and returned it 13 yards for a score. Soon after, Glenn snagged an interception and returned it 40 yards for his second trip to the end zone.

Gutten finished with 79 yards to lead the Royals on offense. Sean Elliott had a game-high 13 tackles for Ramstein.

Vilseck’s Cameron Downs led all runners with 150 yards on 29 carries. Teammate Armando Pinckney had a pair of kickoff returns measuring 63 and 49 yards, respectively.

The game was each team’s Division I conference opener, and comes after both the Royals and Falcons posted non-conference opening wins Sept. 17.

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