Stuttgart downs Ramstein football in season opener; Baumholder victorious


by Robert Baldwin
contributing writer

Ramstein running back Dominque Arizpe looks for running room against Stuttgart. The Royals are at Lakenheath tonight and are at home next Friday night to open their new turf football field. Photo by Rudy Ridenbaugh

Ramstein opened its football season by falling at Stuttgart 31-28 on Sept. 6. Senior Dominique Arizpe scored twice on fumble recoveries for the Royals. Junior Connell Kreger led the team with eight solo tackles.
Kicker Matthew Reismann kicked three of his four kickoffs through the end zone for touchbacks. The two rivals will get together again on the Royals field on Sept. 27 in the game that counts towards the league title.
Ramstein is at Lakenheath tomorrow afternoon before returning home next Friday against conference foe Wiesbaden. The game will be the first on Ramstein’s beautiful new field surface.
In Ansbach, Baumholder came to life after being down 28-6 and scored 40 straight points to upend Ansbach 46-28 to start off their campaign.

“After about a quarter and a half, the kids said let’s play some football,” said Coach Robert Lloyd. “They both passed and ran the ball well. We have some talented players.”
Baumholder, which plays six man football and has 16 players, relied on talent and leadership to rack up the win. They were led on both sides of the ball by Hiromai Masanga, who ran the defense from his free safety spot and caught six balls on the offensive side. Also starring was running back Wilbur Turgeon who battered the Ansbach line throughout.
The Pirates host Hohenfels tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.