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Ramstein tacklers converge on Vilseck ball carrier Austin Archangel in the Royals' 20-7 victory on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The Falcons were eliminated from postseason contention with the loss.

Ramstein tacklers converge on Vilseck ball carrier Austin Archangel in the Royals' 20-7 victory on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The Falcons were eliminated from postseason contention with the loss. (Gregory Broome/Stars and Stripes)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The defending Division I champion Ramstein Royals completed an undefeated regular season Saturday with a rugged 20-7 defeat of the visiting Vilseck Falcons, an outcome that left the hard-luck Falcons holding the short straw in a furious final-weekend scramble for the postseason.

The Royals entered the game already locked in as the No. 1 seed in next weekend's semifinals as Lakenheath, Stuttgart, Vilseck and Wiesbaden battled to claim the three available spots below them. As it turned out, Ramstein will host fourth-seeded Stuttgart; the 2-3 Panthers, despite Friday night's loss to Wiesbaden, advance to the playoffs ahead of 2-3 Vilseck on the strength of their 41-20 defeat of the Falcons in the regular season.

Lakenheath will travel to Wiesbaden in the other Division I semifinal.

Running back Sid Boggs, pushed into heavy duty by an injury, answered the call with 109 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Connor Davey and Kyle Glenn also rushed for touchdowns.

The Royal defense, meanwhile, made its share of impact plays as well. Damon White had a pair of interceptions and Kyle Glenn, Trevor Miller and Andy Short picked off one Vilseck pass apiece to short-circuit the Falcon attack.

Drew Pinckney carried 11 times for 46 yards and posted a team-high six tackles to lead Vilseck on both sides of the ball.

The game was a rematch of a season-opening 7-7 tie that didn't count towards playoff seeding.


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