Rampage throttle Liberty by 34
WEBSTER CITY – The first drive was an unmitigated disaster for the Eastern Iowa Liberty here on a warm and windy Saturday afternoon, and it only got worse from there.
And the Midwest Rampage were more than willing to pile on the misery.
After taking possession of the ball at the Rampage 15-yard line early in the first quarter, the Liberty were shoved back 60 yards – seriously, 60 yards – and never threatened to reach the end zone again, as Webster City’s amateur football team rolled to a 34-0 victory in its season opener.
The Rampage Black Plague Defense – a moniker that has stuck since the organization began – recorded its ninth shutout in franchise history. The unit has blanked back-to-back opponents going back to the team’s last game – a 17-0 win over the Pella Knights back on July 14, 2012.
The transition from 11-man to 9-man football didn’t seem to faze the Rampage (1-0), which gained 158 yards off offense while the Liberty (3-4) went backwards to the tune of negative 105 yards.
The gusting winds wreaked havoc on the visitors; the Liberty bungled 15 snaps – a big reason for the lack of offensive efficiency.
Former Buena Vista quarterback Tyler Kibbee completed 4 of 13 passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns, and he also rushed for a score in his debut in a Rampage uniform. His 10-yard touchdown toss to Clint Foth in the first quarter put the black and orange up for good.
Kibbee upped the lead to 13-0 early in the second quarter on a 1-yard plunge across the goal line. Later in the period he found Gunnar Wyatt open for a 35-yard scoring strike.
Ross Haren put the Rampage up 27-0 at the half on a 1-yard scoring run. He finished with 39 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Shon Osborn gave the Rampage its final margin of victory in the fourth quarter when he recovered a fumble in the end zone.
It was going so well for the Rampage that veteran middle linebacker John Elkin even got a chance to carry the ball out of the backfield. He picked up four yards on his one tote.
The Rampage defense forced four turnovers; Herb Bolden intercepted two passes and Tyler Mosbach picked off one.
Osborn made a team-high nine tackles. Cody Mosbach had six stops and Nick Plueger got in on five.
The Rampage will take its first road trip this Saturday when it travels to Blooming Prairie, Minn., to take on the Steele County Warriors. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.