This past weekend, the Rampage were defeated for the first time in the 2014 season, falling to Troy’s Fighting Irish in the NFA Championship by a score of 28-22. The Rampage were ahead for almost the entire game and entered halftime with a 22-6 lead, but they could not hold on long enough late in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Lockport finishes the season at 12-1 in NFA play and 13-1 overall.
Offensively, the Rampage had one of their best days of the season passing the football. QB Lamont Rhim completed 22 of 37 passes for 241 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Rhim completed passes to nine different Rampage players. WR Darrel Keith also had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 8 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. WR James Celotto had 4 catches for 43 yards, and WR Reggie Seawright added 2 catches for 22 yards and hauled in a touchdown pass. RB Derrick Adams led the ground game with 20 rushing yards on 3 carries and a 2-point conversion.
Defensively, the Rampage faced their toughest opponent of the year in Troy. They held Troy’s ground game to a minimal impact for most of the night, but a few big plays through the air and a couple late-game runs helped put Troy ahead. The Lockport front seven were busy all night. DE/DT Dave Gross led the way for the Rampage defense with 11 tackles (5 solo), 2 TFLs, and 1 QB sack. DT Ray Barker had 11 tackles (2 solo), 1 TFL, 0.5 QB sack, and 1 QB hit. DE/DT Will Stiles added 5 tackles (2 solo) and a QB hit, and DT Mario Granatta added 6 tackles (1 solo) and a TFL. In the linebacking corpse, Marcus Wyche had 11 tackles (3 solo) and 1 TFL; Tom Covey had 11 tackles (4 solo), 1 TFL, and 1 QB hit; and Cliff McDowell had 10 tackles (5 solo) and a TFL. In the secondary, safety Ron Dixon recorded 6 tackles (2 solo) and returned an intercepted pass 54 yards.
The Rampage players and coaches were proud to play in the championship game in front of a packed and energetic crowd at Exchange Field. Thank you to all of the fans that came out to support us in the championship and all year long. It was a tough loss, but the Rampage look to regroup in the offseason and make another push for the NFA Championship in 2015.