As expected, the contest between the Lockport Rampage and the Monroe County Sting this past weekend was a true battle that came down to the end. The Rampage shot out to a 12-0 lead after the first half, but the Sting answered back in the second half to take the lead at 14-12 in the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Rampage offense answered back, giving Lockport the lead at 18-14. But the Sting answered one more time, going up 20-14 late in the fourth, setting the stage for the late game heroics of LB Cliff McDowell. With just over two minutes remaining in the contest, the Sting ran an offtackle play to their left, where the Sting running back was met by McDowell, who ripped the ball from his grasp and returned it 57 yards to give Lockport the lead. With the successful 2-point conversion, the Rampage went up 26-20, had one more stop on defense, and held on for the win.
With the victory, the Rampage improve to 4-0 in the NFA (4-1 overall) and sit alone at number one in the West Conference. Offensively, the Rampage were lead by QB Lamont Rhim, who finished the day going 13 of 25 for 187 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 interceptions. WR Nick Peterson had 4 catches for 73 yards and 2 TDs. TE/WR Chris Montgomery had 3 catches for 63 yards, including a 50 yard TD reception where he hurdled over a defender to open the game. WR Darrel Keith added 3 catches for 22 yards.
The Rampage defense allowed -1 net yards in the first half to the Sting. The Sting gained more yards in the second half, but the defense caused a number of turnovers, and Cliff McDowell’s forced fumble return was the biggest play of the day. McDowell lead the defense with 9 tackles (5 solo), 3 TFLs, a QB hit, and of course the 1 forced fumble and fumble recovery returned 57 yards for a TD. DT Ray Barker lead the defensive front with 10 tackles (4 solo), 2 sackes, 1 FF and 1 FR. LB Kyle Feigle had a big day with 9 tackles (2 solo), 1 TFL, 1.5 QB sacks, a QB hit, and an extra point block. LB Tom Covey added 8 tackles (4 solo), 1 TFL, and 1 FR. In the secondary, Safety Jordan Morris chipped in with 7 tackles (3 solo), and SS Dewayne Reddick added 5 tackles (3 solo) and a TFL. Cornerback LA Taylor had two interceptions on the day.
On the special teams, as usual kicker Adrian Dobbs kept the Rampage in good field position all day, averaging 53 yards per kick. And, as usual, Jeremy Brown returned a kick for 50 yards.
The Rampage have a bye week next week, and will also be off for a league-wide bye during the July 4th weekend. Lockport will be back in action on July 11 at Niagara Wheatfield High School, where they will take on the Nickel City Kings.