Royals crush cross-town rival Raiders
RAMSTEIN, Germany -- The Ramstein Royals dismantled the archrival Kaiserslautern Raiders 39-8 Saturday in each team’s Division I football regular-season opener.
The Royals, the 2016 European champions and 2017 runners-up, asserted their dominance over the struggling Raiders immediately. Ramstein enjoyed leads of 19-0 through one quarter and 32-0 through two before another score midway through the third quarter invoked the mercy rule.
Kaiserslautern scored its only points after the mercy rule was invoked.
New starting quarterback Jakob Steinbeck headlined the Royal offense, completing seven of 13 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns while adding a 4-yard touchdown run. Naser Eaves caught a pair of touchdown passes from Steinbeck, while Jason Jones handled one touchdown pass from Steinbeck and another from running back JJ Little. Dom Arizpe and Little scored a rushing touchdown apiece to complete the onslaught.
Little also made an impact on defense, collecting a pair of interceptions. Bailey Holland paced the Royal defense with nine tackles and a sack.
The game didn’t count towards playoff contention as the first week of DODEA-Europe Division I football includes only non-conference games. Ramstein opens conference play next week against Stuttgart in a rematch of last year’s European championship game.
Kaiserslautern, which has won just two games in the last three seasons and is on its third coach in the past four seasons, hopes to reverse its fortunes Saturday against visiting Lakenheath.