April 19, 2014

No Attack for Rampage

The Georgia Rampage’s offense didn’t do anything in the first half — evident by the scoreboard.

By the time new quarterback Bart Gloyd stepped in, a comeback was out of reach.

The St. Louis Attack led 26-1 at the half of Saturday’s X-League game in the trade center and eventually left the Carpet Capital with a 46-14 win to remain undefeated through four games and keep the Rampage winless through as many attempts.

With Telford Chatman behind center for the opening two quarters, the Rampage’s offense turned the ball over four times — twice on interceptions, once on a fumble and once after a fourth-down incompletion. The half ended with Morgan Alexander’s kick return to the 10-yard line, the best play for the home side all half, yet still netting no points.

Scoring 14 points in an indoor football format won’t win many games. Offensive coordinator Brian Chastain, serving as interim head coach with Mark Bramblett not present due to an illness, said the biggest issue this year has been the quarterback position.

“We’ve got to find someone who will stay in there, get hit and throw the routes you see open,” Chastain said. “You have to stay in there and take a pounding.”

The Attack, by comparison, led all game and even a few minutes before it. The team earned two points from the “X-Dash,” a pre-game race that also serves as a replacement to the coin toss, and then one for a defensive stop on the Rampage’s opening possession. Quarterback Mike McMullen found DeAndre Jackson for a 19-yard touchdown with 5:28 left in the opening period, and the visitors led 9-0.

The Rampage’s lone first-half point came on a defensive stop, the home team’s only stop, with 8:25 left in the second quarter. The Attack led 10-1 and forced the first of two interceptions with 6:22 left for an 11-1 edge. The final minute was a nightmare for the Rampage as the Attack scored with 47 seconds left, picked off another Chatman pass and scored again with two seconds left.

The Attack hold the X-League’s only undefeated record halfway through the X-League season.

“Our offense played great tonight,” Attack coach Chris McKinney said. “We had more balance.”

The Attack stretched their lead to 32-1 halfway through the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run from Chad Stanley.

Gloyd led the Rampage to the end zone with 2:26 left in the second quarter. He found C.J. Dial on a 2-yard score and later, in the fourth quarter, hit Erik Jones on a 32-yard score.

Chastain said, after talking to Rampage owner Kacee Smith, Gloyd will probably be the team’s quarterback going forward.

The Rampage play Friday on the road against the Pennsylvania Steam. The Rampage’s last home game of the season is May 12 against the Steam.

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