This Saturday, August 2nd, the undefeated Lockport Rampage (7-0 NFA, 8-0 overall) will be taking on the undefeated Southern Tier Diesel (7-0 NFA) in a battle of the unbeatens in Lockport. Both teams have clinched a playoff spot, but with three games left in the NFA regular season there is still a lot on the line. Only three teams remain unbeaten in the NFA this year (Troy’s Fighting Irish being the other team), and the winner of the game will come closer to securing home field advantage for the playoffs. The victor will also be the lone undefeated team remaining in the NFA West Conference. Kickoff is set for 7PM at Exchange Field in Outwater Park. Come out to the field and support the Rampage as they look to remain undefeated in the Battle of the Unbeatens!
The Lockport Rampage defeated the Buffalo Gladiators for the second consecutive week this past Saturday, winning by a score of 26-6. The Rampage also raised $700 during the game for WNY Challenger Sports, an organization dedicated to providing individuals with mental and physical conditions the opportunity to play competitive sports.
The Rampage started the scoring off early when CB/return man Jeremy Brown returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown. The Gladiators came back to tie the game in the first quarter, but those were the only points they would score for the rest of the night. In the first meeting between the two teams, the Gladiators relied heavily on the run – in this contest the Gladiators were pass heavy, but the Rampage still held them to 129 yards of total offense (and -2 yards rushing). Cliff McDowell lead the defensive effort with 5 tackles, 2 TFLs, 2 forced fumbles, and a pass defended. Jeremy Brown had 4 tackles, 3 passes defended, and an interception. Tom Covey had 6 tackles (2 TFL) and Marcus Wyche added 5 tackles. Defensive lineman Dave Gross and Al Scott both recovered fumbles at key points in the game.
The Lockport offense scored three more times and racked up over 300 yards in the process. The Rampage had 97 yards on the ground, with RB Tewaine Panell leading the way with 50 yards (8 carries, 6.25 yards per attempt). WRs Darrel Keith, Nick Peterson and James Celotto all caught TD passes from QB Lamont Rhim. Rhim finished the day with 201 yards passing and 3 TD passes. Six different players caught passes from Rhim, with WR Chris Montgomery leading the way with 4 catches for 63 yards.
With the win the Rampage improve to 7-0 in the NFA (8-0 overall) and clinch a playoff spot. The Lockport Rampage thank all of the fans that came out to support the team and WNY Challenger Sports this weekend – you made this charity game a success!
See a summary of the last few games and a preview of the upcoming game against the Gladiators in the East Niagara Post by clicking here.
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 (Keith, 25 yards; Peterson, 34 yards), and running back Tewaine Panell lead the rushing attack with 44 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Panell 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.