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Ramstein throttles Kaiserslautern to grab playoff spot

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 14, 2017

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The Ramstein Royals clinched a DODEA-Europe Division I playoff berth Friday night at the expense of their archrival.

The defending champions blasted the Kaiserslautern Raiders 50-12 to secure their berth in the divisional semifinal round. The Royals scored 29 second-quarter points to break open a game that was close for just over a quarter.

Quarterback Trevor Miller threw touchdown passes to Jurden Garland and Naser Eaves and Bailey Holland added two rushing touchdowns to pace the Royals. Ramstein piled up 325 total rushing yards on the evening, also including touchdowns jaunts by GeVaughn Bracy and Connor Davey.

Holland led the Royal defense with 10 tackles, while Victor Foster and Nick Clinton made seven tackles apiece.

Kaiserslautern produced its points on a second-quarter touchdown pass from Esteban Saldana to Cedric Ellis and a third-quarter run by Mikey Santos, who gained 118 yards on the ground.

The Royals will play Wiesbaden next weekend in a preview of the semifinal the two will play the weekend of Oct. 28. The winner of the regular-season finale will host the playoff game.

Kaiserslautern still has a path to the postseason despite the loss and its 1-3 Division I record. The Raiders will play Lakenheath next weekend; the winner earns the division’s fourth and final playoff berth.

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