VILSECK, Germany - The historically ground-hugging Ramstein Royals dominated the air waves Saturday to claim a 28-14 Division I road victory over the Vilseck Falcons.
Brennan Lege, one of three quarterbacks the Royals employed on Saturday, burned the Vilseck secondary for 162 yards on just four completions – one of them a 75-yard scoring strike to sophomore slotback Gabriel Moreno -- and the Ramstein secondary picked off four Vilseck passes in the victory which left the Royals at 2-0 overall and in the league.“That was the difference in the game,” Vilseck coach Jim Hall said by telephone on Saturday. “They didn’t turn the ball over, and we threw four interceptions. We also lost two onside kick tries.”Before the Falcons surrendered the picks, however, quarterback Brittian Rivington staked the Falcons to a first-quarter lead when he found tight end Victor Hernandez open for a 43-yard touchdown pass. Ramstein, however, answered with a drive capped by quarterback Dylan LePage’s one-yard sneak into the end zone and took a 14-7 halftime lead on the Lege-to-Moreno bomb. LePage would finish the game with 70 rushing yards.Junior running back Matthew Sharpy upped the edge to 21-7 shortly after halftime with a one-yard scoring plunge, but Carlton Campbell restored the one-TD margin before the period was out with a never-say-die 39-yard TD run that saw him bounce off defenders and break tackles all over the field.“It must have taken him 15 seconds to run those 39 yards,” Hall said. Ramstein restored its two-TD edge early in the final period when the third Royals quarterback, junior Lucas Mireles, plunged in from the 1-yard line.Mireles, who missed Ramstein’s opener the previous Saturday, completed the one pass he threw for 48 yards. He gained 64 yards on the ground.Ramstein junior running back Santee Jackson topped all rushers with 106 yards on 16 carries.Campbell led Vilseck (1-1) with 101 yards on 14 carries; All-Europe running back Shawn Peebles gained 65 yards for Vilseck on 11 tries.Blade Stauss gained 28 yards for Vilseck on just two carries.Next up for Ramstein is a home showdown with unbeaten Patch. Vilseck is scheduled for a Friday night game at Wiesbaden.