Rampage fall to defending national champs

TRUMAN, MINN – Kept out of the end zone for the first time this season, the Midwest Rampage suffered its second loss of the season here Saturday evening.

The South Central Hawgs, the defending 9-man amateur football national champion, broke a 3-3 tie with a third quarter touchdown and held on for the 10-3 victory.

The Rampage (5-2) out gained the Hawgs 231-162 and the defense forced four interceptions, but it still wasn’t enough.

“It was a hard hitting game and I can’t be more proud of the defense for the way we played,” Rampage middle linebacker John Elkin said after piling up a game-high 14 tackles and playing a vital role in four goal-line stands. “We shut down what is usually a formidable rushing attack.”

Nick Plueger came up with 10 tackles and Kris Schult had his hat in on seven.

Herb Bolden collected three of the interceptions and Plueger had one.

Quarterback Ben Jass completed 15 of 23 passes for 174 yards, but he was picked off twice. Taylor Karas made five catches for 95 yards and Gunnar Wyatt covered 55 yards on six grabs.

Rampage tailback Ross Haren fought for 56 tough yards on 18 totes.

Kicker Chuck Tack accounted for the team’s only points on a 47-yard field goal late in the second quarter.

The Rampage will end the regular season with back-to-back home games, the first this Saturday against the North Iowa Bucks at 3 p.m.