Despite losing, the Georgia Rampage feel pretty good about the progress they showed from their first game to the second.
Team officials are working to make sure the third game is a better experience for fans, too.
The Rampage fell to 0-2 overall and in Ultimate Indoor Football League play with a 58-47 road loss Sunday to the Corpus Christi (Texas) Fury, but coaches believe the team showed significant improvement from their season-opening 74-25 loss to the Lakeland (Fla.) Raiders. Now the team is gearing up for its second home game of the season, taking on the Missouri Monsters at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the trade center.
Rampage co-owner and general manager Kacee Smith is urging fans to buy tickets online at georgiarampage.com instead of at the trade center ticket window. With many fans not buying tickets until close to game time at the season opener, longer lines resulted.
“We’re trying to work together with the box office to get fans in quicker, because some fans weren’t getting in until after kickoff,” Smith said.
Fans can use a promotion discount code when buying tickets online.
If fans enter “Rampage2” as the promotion code, they get $2 off their purchase. There will be a separate “will call” line for those who purchase tickets online, which Smith hopes will make it a smoother experience for fans.
Additionally, Monday’s game will be “Fan Appreciation Night,” and any fan wearing red or black attire will receive $4 off any floor tickets purchased at the game. Fans cannot combine the two promotions. The team will also hold “Rampage Riot,” its indoor tailgate party, starting at 5 p.m.
While they’re still looking for their first win in their inaugural campaign in Dalton, against Corpus Christi the Rampage were trailing 50-47 in the final minutes and had possession. However, the Fury scored a defensive touchdown on an interception to secure the victory.
The Rampage trailed 14-8 after the opening quarter, led 24-22 at halftime and were down 34-31 entering the final period.
“We played a good game, just about five plays (made the difference),” coach Mark Bramblett said. “Any one of those plays we make, then we come out winning.”
The Rampage took a 47-43 lead with three minutes left, and on a third-down play the Rampage defense forced a fumble. However, the Fury recovered, converted a first down on the next play and scored with around a minute to go.
Rampage quarterback Joel Statham went 18-for-40 for 201 yards, throwing five touchdowns and only one interceptions. Sidney Haynes had eight receptions for 72 yards and a score, while C.J. Dial had five receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown catch.
Dallas Walker, who missed the first game because of an NFL tryout, had four catches for 81 yards and three scoring receptions, while Javares Taylor added a rushing touchdown from the wildcat formation.
On defense, Andre Powell had two solo tackles, six assists and two interceptions.