April 29, 2013

Rampage denied in four-overtime thriller

The Georgia Rampage came out on the wrong end of a thrilling four-overtime game late Saturday night on the road against the Missouri Monsters.

The Rampage lost 65-59 when they couldn’t score in their fourth-overtime possession and the Monsters converted theirs. The format used in the game was similar to NCAA overtime rules, where each team gets possession near the goal line and has four plays to score a touchdown or kick a field goal.

“We missed a field goal with six seconds left in the game that would’ve won it for us in regulation,” Rampage coach Mark Bramblett said. “Then we missed two extra points in overtime that would’ve won it. It was a heck of a ball game.”

The Rampage fall to 2-5 on the season and extend their losing streak to three games. Based on the standings and remaining schedule posted on the Ultimate Indoor Football League website, the Rampage have been eliminated from playoff contention. They have one game remaining on the schedule, taking on the Chattahoochee Valley Vipers — a non-UIFL team — at home in the trade center on May 13. The top three teams — Corpus Christi (Texas) Fury, Florida Tarpons and Lakeland (Fla.) Raiders — cannot finish with more than five losses and all own head-to-head tiebreakers with the Rampage.

The Rampage led 19-7 after the first quarter and 32-31 at halftime. The Monsters led 39-32 entering the final period of regulation.

The Rampage turned the ball over twice — with two interceptions from quarterback Joel Statham, Bramblett said threw at least six touchdowns — but forced two interceptions by the Monsters’ quarterback. Bramblett did not have any additional statistics.

The game finished after Sunday’s publication’s deadline.

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