The Lockport Rampage will hold their first practice of the season on Thursday, February 6th at 9PM at the Kenan Center Arena in Lockport, NY. This will be an open practice – individuals interested in becoming a part of the Lockport Rampage this season are welcome along with returning players. There is no practice fee – bring indoor sneakers or astroturf shoes and be ready to start practice at 9PM sharp.
This past November (2014), the NFA East/West All Star Game was held on a snow-covered field in Watertown, NY. The East ended up with a 14-12 victory over the West. A number of Lockport Rampage players had strong games for the West squad. Below is a list of the Rampage players that suited up for the West All Stars:
Darrel Keith (WR)
Lamont Rhim (QB)
Chris Montgomery (TE)
Adam Frank (OT)
Keith Anderson (OG)
Cliff McDowell (LB)
Marcus Wyche (LB)
Tom Covey (LB)
Jeremy Brown (CB)
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.
This Saturday, September 27th, the Lockport Rampage will be taking on Troy’s Fighting Irish in the NFA Championship at Exchange Field in Lockport. Troy has won the NFA championship for the previous four consecutive seasons (2010-2013), and has competed in national championship bowl games for the previous three consecutive seasons (2011-2013). The Fighting Irish enter the game undefeated and ranked tenth in the semi-pro football eastern US power rankings. Troy’s offense features a run heavy attack that has averaged 34.8 points per game this season, while their defense has given up only 15.2 points per game.
The Rampage enter the contest in their second year as an organization. They are also undefeated, and are ranked eleventh in the semi-pro football eastern US power rankings, sitting just behind Troy. The Rampage boast a prolific offense themselves, averaging 30 points per game. Lockport’s defense has also been impressive, giving up only 6.8 points per game and registering 6 games where they did not give up a point defensively. Since Lockport is undefeated and has the least points given up and best point differential in the NFA, they have earned the right to play the championship game at home in Lockport.
The contest should shape up to be a true battle of titans, with both teams maintaining spotless win-loss records in their respective conferences. But only one team will be crowned NFA Champions. Last week, the Rampage came away with a big playoff victory in front of a packed house at Exchange Field. The raucous crowd inspired the Rampage players and energized the team. This week we hope for another packed house and look forward to a great battle in front of our home fans. Come out and support the Rampage as they look to remain undefeated and bring the NFA Championship trophy home to Lockport!!
In the game’s opening drive, the Nickel City Kings returned a Lockport Rampage fumble 80 yards for the first score of the contest and the go ahead touchdown. They had the momentum and the lead – but that did not last long. The Rampage picked themselves up and answered. On the ensuing drive, the Rampage offense marched 53 yards down the field, highlighted by a 29 yard completion from QB Lamont Rhim to WR Darrel Keith. CB/WR Jeremy Brown ran the ball in from 12 yards out to finish the series with a touchdown, and RB Derrick Adams charged through the line to complete the two-point conversion, tying the game at 8-8. The Rampage defense took the field next and held the Kings to a 3-and-out. The Kings punted and the Rampage offense took over for their third drive of the game. This time, they drove 77 yards down the field, and 18 was their magic number. During the drive, QB Lamont Rhim completed 4 passes of exactly 18 yards apiece – one to WR Nick Peterson, two to WR Darrel Keith, and one to WR Steve Shannon to move the ball to the King’s one yard line. From there Rhim ran the ball in for the touchdown and the lead, and RB Terrence Owens added the two-point conversion to make it 16-8. And the Lockport Rampage never looked back.
Lockport went on to beat the visiting Nickel City Kings by a score of 40-14 to emerge as the top team in the NFA West and earn the right to move on to the NFA Championship next weekend. Playing perhaps their most complete game all year, the Rampage offense, defense, and special teams were firing on all cylinders to defeat a tough, physical, and athletic Kings football team. Quarterback Lamont Rhim had an efficient day of passing, completing 10 of 14 passes for 187 yards (13.4 yards per attempt), a touchdown, and no interceptions. Nick Peterson hauled in 4 catches for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Darrel Keith added 4 catches for 70 yards on the night. The Rampage running back committee added 93 yards on the ground. Derrick Adams led the way with 24 yards on 3 attempts (8 yards per carry) and three two-point conversions; Tewaine Pannel had 22 yards, and Jeremy Brown added 27 yards on 2 rushes that both ended in touchdowns.
The Rampage defense limited the Kings rushing attack to only 24 yards and kept their athletic backfield in check. They tallied 5 total sacks on the night and gave up only a single touchdown late in the game. The Lockport linebackers were all over the field: LB Marcus Wyche was at the forefront of the defensive effort with 8 tackles (3 solo), 1 tackle for loss (TFL) and 2.5 QB sacks; LB Tom Covey ended the night with 12 tackles (7 solo), 1 TFL, and 1 QB sack; and LB Cliff McDowell added 7 tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 QB sack as well. Defensive lineman David Gross had 6 tackles, 1 QB sack, and 1 QB hit. Safety A.J. Cleveland led the Lockport secondary with 6 tackles (4 solo), 1 TFL, 1 QB sack, and an interception that was returned 65 yards.
The Lockport Rampage special teams was not to be outdone. RB Tewaine Pannel returned a kickoff 60 yards to open the game. Kicker and WR Adrian Dobbs averaged almost 60 yards per kick, including several kicks near the goal-line. The coverage was also strong and included a big hit from LB Michael “Teezy” Cole on one return, and several coverage tackles by CB Devon Parret. The strong kicking combined with the rock-solid coverage forced the Kings to start deep in their own territory for most of the contest.
With the win, the Rampage improve to 12-0 in the NFA and 13-0 overall on the season. Lockport’s record and points against average give them home field advantage for the upcoming game. Across the state, Troy’s Fighting Irish defeated the Oneonta City Stallions by a score of 27-18 to win the NFA East Conference. The undefeated and vaunted Fighting Irish squad will travel to Lockport to take on the Rampage at 7PM at Exchange Field this weekend (Septemer 27th) in the NFA Championship.
On Saturday, September 20th, the Lockport Rampage will be taking on the Nickel City Kings in Round 2 of the 2014 NFA Playoffs. The winner of the game will be the NFA West Conference Champ and earn the right to move on to the Northeastern Football Alliance Championship to player the winner from the East Conference. The Rampage are coming off of an 8-2 playoff win over the Buffalo Gladiators; last weekend the Nickel City Kings defeated the Southern Tier Diesel by a score of 36-14 to advance. Counting the playoffs, the Kings enter the contest with an 8-3 overall record and the Rampage enter with a 12-0 overall record.
The two teams played each other once early in the season. It was a defensive battle with the Rampage coming out on top by a score of 6-0. Kickoff is set at 7PM at Exchange Field in Outwater Park. Come out and show your support for the Rampage as they look to advance to the NFA Championship!