WEBSTER CITY - The players had two weeks to stew on a miserable night of football, and it finally boiled over Saturday.
On the field for the first time since a 20-0 loss to the Pella Knights on May 19, the Midwest Rampage exorcised their frustrations at the expense of the winless River City Warriors at Stampede Stadium. Webster City's minor league football organization rolled up 355 yards of total offense and scored on nine of its 10 possessions in a 64-0 thumping of the Warriors (0-3), who made the long trip from Burlington.
The win propelled the Rampage to 3-1 in the Midwest Football Alliance, and its record will expand to 4-1 on Saturday after the organization picks up a forfeit win over the now-defunct Minnesota Spartans.
Rampage linebacker John Elkin runs with the ball after recovering a fumble on Saturday during the team’s 64-0 rout of the River City Warriors in Webster City.
"We played well and we have a lot of respect for (the Warriors) because they drove four hours with 20 guys," Rampage middle linebacker John Elkin said. "They could have easily said we're not going to show up and play, but they played tough the entire game."
The Rampage chewed up 310 yards on the ground; Louis Taylor led the five-back charge with 108 yards and two touchdowns on five carries. Monterio Poe and Dan Schaa churned out 67 and 66 yards, respectively, and both scored one time; Marcus Hilliard gained 52 yards while reaching the end zone three times; and RJ Higgins added 17 yards and one touchdown.
The ground game was so strong that the Rampage attempted just four passes. Starter Erik Ingelin competed one throw to Chris McNiel for 45 yards.
Midwest Rampage 64, River City Warriors 0
MR - Louis Taylor 30 run (Chuck Tack kick).
MR - Marcus Hilliard 7 run (Tack kick).
MR - Dan Schaa 17 run (Tack kick).
MR - Hilliard 21 run (run failed).
MR - Monterio Poe 3 run (Tack kick).
MR - Taylor 23 run (Tack kick).
MR - Safety Andy Sowle.
MR - RJ Higgins 14 run (Tack kick).
MR - Ross Haren 37 INT return (Tack kick).
MR - Hilliard 2 run (Tack kick).
Rushing - MR: Louis Taylor 5-108, Monterio Poe 7-67, Dan Schaa 6-66, Marcus Hilliard 5-52, RJ Higgins 3-17.
Passing - MR: Erik Ingelin 1-2-0 45, Yance Childs 0-2-0 0.
Receiving - MR: Chris McNiel 1-45.
Tackles - Ross Haren 5, DJ Erkenbrack 5, Cody Mosbach 4, James Shower 4, John Elkin 3, Curtis Kline 3, Brian Miller 3, Andy Sowle 2, Aaron Onder 1, Andrew Crenshaw 1, RJ Higgins 1, Herb Bolden 1, Dillon Hart 1, Shawn Gilbert 1, Jeremiah Spitler 1, Tyler Mosbach 1, Joe Gilbert 1, Cory Simpson .
The Rampage built a 21-0 lead after one quarter and a 41-0 cushion at the half. Taylor scored on runs of 30 and 23 yards during the initial 30 minutes. Schaa broke free on a 17-yard touchdown, Hilliard celebrated after sprints of 7 and 21 yards, and Poe added a 3-yard rumble to the house.
Higgins scored twice in the second half from 14 and 2 yards out.
The Rampage defense joined in the fun as well. Veteran cornerback Andy Sowle recorded a safety early in the third quarter, and linebacker Ross Haren picked off a pass and went 37 yards the other way.
Kicker Chuck Tack was 8 for 8 on extra points, breaking his franchise record of seven PATs in a game.
Haren led the Black Plague defense with 5 tackles, including two sacks. Elkin had 3 stops and he recovered a fumble. Brian Miller also had a sack and Herb Bolden had in interception.
The Rampage will return to the field on Saturday, June 16 when it faces the Quad City Raiders at Bettendorf High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.