May 14, 2013

Rampage's season finishes on an upswing


If the game is Statham’s last, he went out with no regrets and enjoyed his season with the team.

“I love the game of football,” said Statham, who played collegiately at Maryland and Carson-Newman. “(Indoor) is an exciting brand of football and a lot quicker, and it was great to learn the new formations and the speed of the game. It increased my football knowledge, and that is always a good thing and it is always good to learn new things.”

Statham said he was proud of bringing a new sport to the area and that the ownership of the Rampage is on the right path to success.

“A lot of what they do have is the will to have and build a good team,” Statham said. “They have the right people running things, and it is just a matter of building it up from here. They have started off with a solid foundation, and hopefully they can continue to build the fanbase.”

Bramblett certainly has hopes for growth.

“This is the smallest arena in the league, and it would be nice to have it filled up every time we come on the field,” Bramblett said.

“The biggest lesson for me is to pay a little more attention to the smaller details. It is a totally different game from outdoor football, and this was the first year that I coached indoor football as well.

“But by competing against teams with a little more experience in the league and seeing how they do things and how they prepare, we will come back next year with a good solid plan to keep growing the team and win more ballgames.”

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