Ramstein clinches spot in semis by downing Kaiserslautern

Ramstein senior Dom Arizpe carries the ball in the first quarter against Kaiserslautern on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 12, 2019

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- The Ramstein Royals resisted a spirited upset bid from the host Kaiserslautern Raiders in a 23-14 DODEA-Europe Division I football win Friday night.

Kaiserslautern, playing in front of a vocal homecoming crowd and seeking a long-awaited win over its crosstown nemesis, played the defending champions to a 7-7 stalemate through one quarter.

Ramstein pulled ahead 20-14 at halftime and scored the only three points of the second half to earn the win.

The Ramstein victory clinches a second-place finish and a home-field semifinal game the weekend of Oct. 25 for the Royals. The Raiders, who take a 2-2 divisional record into their regular-season finale at Lakenheath next weekend, remain in play for a postseason rematch with Ramstein.

The Royals moved the chains consistently on the ground. Dom Arizpe posted 101 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, JJ Little ran nine times for 72 yards and a touchdown and Gabe Davis led all rushers with 112 yards on 10 carries.

Carl Norman tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Thomas and Matthew Reismann nailed a 27-yard field goal to add to the Royals’ tally.

Tre Dotson starred for the Raiders with 215 all-purpose yards, including 91 rushing yards and a 20-yard touchdown run. Nelson Rivas made a 55-yard toss to Nick Henry for the home team’s other score.

Kevin Hunter posted 80 rushing yards and Shaun Edwards added 61 for the Raiders.

Kaiserslautern’s Junior Celine led all tacklers with 16, while Drew Frederick made 13 and Stephan Cooley 10 for the home team. Logan Ridenbaugh had nine tackles and Davis added seven for the Royals, while Logan Campbell and Makani Stenger nabbed interceptions for the Ramstein defense.

Kaiserslautern sophomore Kevin Hunter carries the ball to 32 yard line in the first quarter against Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

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