Record-setting day for Rampage in 60-20 romp
WEBSTER CITY – Records were set in droves on Saturday, as the Midwest Rampage rebounded from its first defeat of the season to thump the Tri-State Buffalos in Southern Plains Football League action.
The Rampage (5-1, 4-1 SPFL) out-gained the Buffalos 491-215 and scored 47 unanswered points from the start of the second quarter to early in the fourth en route to a 60-20 romp.
Quarterback Ben Jass let it fly in his third start under center and completed 14 of 21 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Gunnar Wyatt was his favorite target; he reeled in eight catches for a franchise-record 236 yards and was on the other end of two of the scores.
Jass’s 77-yard touchdown bomb to Wyatt on the first play of the third quarter was the longest in franchise history. The signal caller tied his own record for TD passes in a game.
The Rampage had plenty of fun on the ground, too.
Webster City native and amateur football veteran Ross Haren broke loose for a record 141 yards and five touchdowns – also the best in team history – on 23 totes. His 76-yard ramble midway through the second quarter was also the longest in Rampage history.
Haren also reached the end zone of a pair of 10-yard sprints, and twice he pushed his way through and across the goal line from the 1.
Aron Kliegl added an eighth record in the waning moments when he returned a kickoff 90 yards to the house.
The Buffalos were only down one point, 7-6, after one quarter, but the visitors had no answer for the Black Plague Defense until midway through the fourth.
Linebackers Nick Plueger and John Elkin both notched six tackles. Plueger and Kris Schult both collected interceptions and the Rampage piled up four sacks.
The Rampage will go back on the road Saturday for a game against the South Central Hawgs in Truman, Minn. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.