May 13, 2013

Season at an end for Rampage

Both co-owner Kacee Smith and coach Mark Bramblett described the Georgia Rampage’s first season the same way.

It was a success, but not as much as they wanted.

The Rampage finish their inaugural season in Dalton today at 7:15 p.m. with a home game in the trade center against the Chattahoochee Valley Vipers, an indoor team from Alabama.

While the Valley Vipers aren’t an Ultimate Indoor Football League team, the game still counts toward the Rampage’s UIFL record, which currently is 2-5 and out of playoff contention.

“We should definitely be 5-2 right now,” Bramblett said. “The No. 1 team (the Corpus Christi Fury) in the league we had on the ropes both times we played them. Then we let one slip away in the last game that really hurt. It should’ve been a win for us.”

The Rampage last played a game April 29, a four-overtime loss to the Missouri Monsters. The loss killed any playoff hopes for the team, which has lost three in a row after starting 2-2 and in the thick of the UIFL’s playoff race.

“Overall, I’m happy,” Bramblett said. “Do I wish we won more games? Yes, a lot more. But for a first-year team, we were able to overcome some injuries.

“It’s something we can build on for next year.”

The Valley Vipers are a developmental indoor team that plays “fill-in games” for numerous leagues, Bramblett said.

“We looked at stuff we want to do next year and this game is a big part of that,” he added. “This team is no slouch. They’ve picked up six or seven guys who already finished their indoor seasons and are pretty good ball players. Chemistry-wise, I don’t know how well they will gel, but talent-wise, they are good.”

Smith said the end of the season is “bitter sweet.

“We did the hardest thing there is to do in indoor football: complete the first year,” Smith said. “That’s behind us. ... The wins and losses, I’m super competitive, but the first year was just about competing. We did.”

The team is offering three promotions in hopes of increasing attendance for the season finale.

The first announced promotion is Faith and Family Night, which includes a halftime performance from Chris McDaniel, a Christian music star formerly in the award-winning band Confederate Railroad. Anyone associated to a church or youth group can receive a discounted rate on tickets by emailing The team also is offering a $3 discount on floor seats for online purchases at when using the promo code “Rampage3.”

The franchise also will donate $1 from each sold ticket to 15-year-old Coahulla Creek student Hannah Locke, who was injured April 5 in a car accident. Locke is a sophomore on the Lady Colts’ basketball, volleyball and tennis teams.

Additionally, fans have the chance to meet players and enjoy a pre-game meal at Los Caporales Mexican Restaurant, which is located at 603 Fleming St. in Dalton. The meal is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and costs $15 per person. Seating is limited to the 25 first fans who email

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