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April 9, 2013

One that got away

Late turnovers hurt Rampage in loss to Fury

The blown coverage and botched snap couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Georgia Rampage.

And as the clocked expired, all hope for payback evaporated.

The Rampage lost 44-36 to the Corpus Christi (Texas) Fury on Monday in Ultimate Indoor Football League play at the trade center in Dalton. The loss pushed the Rampage’s record below .500 once again and snapped a two-game winning streak.

The teams went back and forth throughout the third quarter and into the fourth. Ahead 28-24, the Rampage (2-3) forced fourth-and-10 for the Fury (3-0) and had the opportunity to seize control. But John De Los Santos’ pass floated to a wide-open Justin Hardman for a 25-yard touchdown, and the Fury reclaimed the lead with 7:53 left in the game.

“We missed a guy,” Rampage coach Mark Bramblett said. “I don’t know what it was. Part of it is I’m pretty aggressive and we (played man-to-man defense) a lot.”

On the first play of the Rampage’s following possession, Tino Roland’s snap to quarterback Joel Statham was mishandled and the Fury’s LaRod Roberson recovered at the Rampage 4. De Los Santos scored on a quarterback sneak three plays later and Corpus Christi led 38-28.

“In football, you’ve got to limit your turnovers,” Rampage wide receiver/defensive back Andre Powell said. “We didn’t limit our turnovers in the end.”

After a Statham interception and another Fury touchdown, the Rampage trailed 44-28 with a minute to play. Statham led a two-play drive and found Jeff Phillips for a 12-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left. After a 2-point conversion, the Rampage’s Aldrickious Shumake recovered the onside kick at his 12 to preserve hope for his team.

But with no timeouts, Statham scrambled for 6 yards, spiked the ball with eight seconds left and was sacked on the final play to end the game.

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