Royals knock off Raiders to end regular season unbeaten
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- The Ramstein Royals completed an undefeated regular season Saturday with a thorough 33-14 defeat of the host Kaiserslautern Raiders.
The teams will meet again Saturday at Ramstein in a Division I semifinal game, with the winner advancing to the Nov. 3 European championship game at Kaiserslautern against the winner of the Stuttgart-Lakenheath semifinal.
Ramstein has been the unquestioned frontrunner throughout the fall and entered Saturday’s game having already clinched the division’s No. 1 seed. The Royals finished the job in the finale, scoring 27 unanswered points over the first three quarters before Kaiserslautern narrowed the gap late.
Kaiserslautern has moved past the struggles of recent seasons to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014, a spot the Raiders clinched before Saturday’s game. But the Raiders will need to finally solve their neighboring nemesis to further extend their season.
Ramstein beat Kaiserslautern 39-8 in a non-conference season-opener and bookended its regular season with another runaway defeat of the Raiders on Saturday.
Raiders standout Corey Coombs rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. Xavier Chambers led the Raider defense with an interception and a fumble recovery.
Three different running backs found the end zone to lead the Royal rushing attack. Dom Arizpe totaled 233 yards and a score on 17 carries, JJ Little ran 11 times for 61 yards and a touchdown and Bailey Holland totaled 63 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Kyle Lloyd paced the Ramstein defense with 10 tackles.