Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online


May 14, 2013

Rampage preseason opener is Saturday

4 p.m. charity football game to benefit WNY Challengers


Lockport football fans are gearing up for the premier this Saturday afternoon of the city's newest semi-pro football team, the Lockport Rampage.
The Rampage will host the Finger Lakes Impact at 4 p.m. Saturday at Exchange Club Field, Outwater Park, in a special charity football game to benefit the Western New York Challengers. The cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 3 to 12 and free to any children ages 2 and under. Fans are encouraged to come early, as a team photo is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and the team will be introduced to the community shortly thereafter.
Albeit preseason, it's the first official football game for the new city semi-pro franchise, owned by assistant coach Roland Davis, offensive lineman Ben Marrotta and head coach James Mount.
The Rampage are continuing a long history of semi-pro football teams in the Lock City that began with the Lockport Essos and in recent years featured the national powerhouse Lockport Invaders and through last year, the Lockport Rage.
“We're all united in making this the best Lockport team yet,” said Allan Scott, a seven-year veteran of Lockport football. “Our goal is to win a championship and we can already see a positive upgrade at all positions on the roster.”
The Rampage will compete this year in the SPF The League, which features six teams in all. Besides the Lockport Rampage, there are the Albany Metro Marauders, Rochester Rebels, Monroe County Sting, Buffalo Chargers and the South Buffalo Celtics, which features two former Rage stars in Lockport natives Jeremy Brown and Daren Stone of NFL, Arena League and CFL fame.
Rampage team captains in 2013 are Marotta (No. 59), Aaron Boci (80), Tom Covey (35), Cliff McDowell (9), Tarrence Owens (24), Allan Scott (82) and one of the most dominant defensive players in Western New York over the past several years, middle linebacker Marcus Wyche (55).

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