The Lockport Rampage improved to 6-0 in the NFA (7-0 overall) after securing a 30-14 win over the Buffalo Gladiators this past weekend, who fall to 3-2.
The Rampage offense scored some timely touchdowns and the defense held strong all night. Wide receivers Darrel Keith and Nick Peterson both made big catches in the end zone on passes from QB Lamont Rhim (Kieth, 25 yards; Peterson, 34 yards), and running back Tewaine Panell lead the rushing attack with 44 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Pannel also had a big 59 yard kick return. Running back Derrick Adams had a key 9 yard run to keep a late-game drive moving, and WR Larry Brandy had a 15 yard catch to set the Rampage offense up for a scoring opportunity from 1 yard out late in the game. CB Jeremy Brown rounded out the Rampage scoring with a punt return that went 39 yards for a touchdown.
The Gladiators scored both of their touchdowns on special teams (a punt return and a kickoff return). But the Rampage defense kept Buffalo’s run-heavy offense out of the end zone and limited their output to only 49 net yards. DE/LB Marcus Wyche was a terror on defense, accounting for 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. LB Isaiah Johnson also had a big day, recording 6 tackles (including 3 solo, 1 TFL), a sack, a QB hit, and a forced fumble. Defensive lineman Ray Barker added 4 tackles and a sack, and Mario Granatta added 5 tackles including 1 TFL. DE Dave Gross had 4 tackles, a fumble recovery, and a blocked extra point, and LB Tom Covey recorded 7 tackles and recovered a fumble as well. Safety Ron Dixon held it down in the secondary with 6 tackles on the day.
The two teams will play each other a second time this upcoming Saturday (July 26th) at Exchange Field at 7PM.
This weekend (July 19th) the Rampage (5-0 NFA, 6-0 overall) will be taking on the 3-1 Buffalo Gladiators, who are 7-time NFA champions. The game was originally scheduled to be away at Buffalo’s home field, but due to scheduling conflicts it will now be played at the Rampage home facility – Exchange Field in Outwater Park, Lockport NY. This will be the first of back-to-back games between the Rampage and Gladiators, as the two teams are scheduled to face off again at Exchange Field on July 26th. The game will be played under the lights. Kickoff is at 7PM. Come cheer on the Rampage as they look to remain undefeated in their first of back-to-back games against the Gladiators!
The Lockport Rampage players and coaches were looking forward to a football game under the lights this past weekend, but it was not to be. Their opponent, the Lyndonville Tigers did not show up for the game and conceded the forfeit. Rampage players stuck around to give their fans a show and make the best of the situation, however. The offense and defense played each other in a seven-on-seven game for two fifteen minute halves. The referee crew was kind enough to officiate.
With the forfeit win, the Rampage improve to 5-0 in NFA play and 6-0 overall.
The NFA season resumes this weekend after a league wide bye for the 4th of July. This Saturday night (July 12th) the Rampage will be taking on the Lyndonville Tigers (1-4) under the lights at Exchange Field. Kickoff is set for 7pm.
The Lockport Rampage remain undefeated with a victory over the WNY Dragons this past weekend. The Rampage held the lead throughout the contest, but in the second half they scored a flurry of points and the defense held strong to walk away with a 32-6 win. The Rampage improve to 4-0 in NFA play (5-0 overall).
The pass-heavy Dragons offense was held to 136 net yards. Cliff McDowell lead the way for the Rampage defense with 8 tackles (1 TFL). Ron Dixon and Tom Covey added 7 tackles apiece. Ray Barker and David Gross both registered quarterback sacks, and cornerback A.J. Cleveland added an interception for the Rampage defense.
The Rampage offense racked up over 300 yards at a clip of 10.9 yards per play. Quarterback Lamont Rhim had an extremely efficient day, completing 9 of 11 passes for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns. The entire Lockport receiving corps was impressive throughout the day, combining for 220 total yards and some highlight-reel plays; WR/TE Chris Montgomery broke 6 tackles to score from 53 yards out and wideout Larry Brandy caught a touchdown pass from 13 yards out. Running back Tewaine Pannel lead the way on the ground, racking up 76 yards on 8 rushes. Pannel also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
The NFA has a league-wide bye for the July 4th weekend. The Rampage will return to play on July 12th when they take on the Lyndonville Tigers under the lights (7pm kickoff) at Exchange Field.
For more, see the writeup in the East Niagara Post.
This Saturady (June 28th) the Rampage will battle the WNY Dragons in a rematch between the two teams at Exchange Field, Outwater Park. In their first meeting, the Rampage got the better of the Dragons, winning by a score of 30-12. Both teams are coming off of dominant victories last week. The Rampage (3-0 in NFA play) beat the Jamestown Chiefs by a score of 38-0; the Dragons (1-2) defeated the Lyndonville Tigers 24-0. Kickoff is at 5pm. Come on out to Outwater Park and cheer on the Rampage as they look to maintain their unbeaten season!