BETTENDORF - The Midwest Rampage would love to have the first 5 minutes, 16 seconds of the first quarter back. Then, just maybe, the players would have been celebrating on their long drive home rather than licking their wounds.
A disastrous start in rainy conditions was too much for the Rampage to overcome on Saturday, as the black and orange tumbled to the Quad City Raiders, 18-6, at Pleasant Valley High School.
The Raiders notched a safety and two touchdowns in the first 5 minutes of play to build an 18-0 lead - one they never came close to relinquishing.
"We came out flat and allowed the first 6 minutes to doom us for the next 54 (minutes)," Rampage head coach Marty Hart said. "I'm proud of the team for playing tough the last 3 quarters, but it takes four full quarters to win a game."
Quad City (2-2) took advantage of a botched kickoff return in the game's opening seconds to record a safety, and the Raiders immediately went on the attack on the ensuing kick.
Quarterback Rob Jones hooked up with Marcus Terry on a 36-yard touchdown toss, and Jones ran in the 2-point conversion to extend the Raiders' lead to 10-0.
Raiders 18, Rampage 6
QCR - Safety
QCR - Marcus Terry 36 pass from Rob Jones (Jones run).
QCR - Terry 18 pass from Jones (Jourdan Coley run).
MR - Chris McNiel 20 pass from Erik Ingelin (run failed).
Rushing - MR: Marcus Hilliard 7-21, Louis Taylor 6-9. QCR: Julius Tyson 13-38, Jourdan Coley 5-36, Rob Jones 17-21, Jared Wexell 2-6.
Passing - MR: Erik Ingelin 7-16-1 96. QCR: Jones 9-17-0 151.
Receiving - MR: Chris McNiel 4-51, Alonzo Clayton 3-31, Hilliard 1-14. QCR: Terrance Reid 4-74, Marcus Terry 3-65, Wexell 1-6.
Tackles - MR: John Elkin 13, DJ Erkenbrack 8, Herb Bolden 8, Ross Haren 6, Brian Miller 6, Caleb Bonjour 4, Andy Sowle 4, Cody Mosbach 4, Andrew Crenshaw 3, Ricky Jimenez 2, Chris McNiel 2, Aaron Onder 1.
The Rampage (4-2) went three and out on its next possession, and a botched punt again but the Raiders in business in enemy territory. Jones went to Terry once again, this time on an 18-yard pass to the house, and after Jourdan Coley rumbled in on the 2-point conversion it was Quad City feeling confident with an 18-0 cushion with 9:44 remaining in the first quarter.
Jones completed 9 of 17 passes in the game for 151 yards. Terry hauled in three catches for 65 yards, and Terrance Reid was the favored target; he caught four balls for 74 yards.
Following a 1-hour, 10-minute rain delay, the Rampage defense dug in and held the Raiders at bay throughout the rest of the contest. But the offense continued to sputter until the fourth quarter when the visitors attempted to rally.
The Rampage moved the ball inside the Raiders' 20-yard line midway through the final period, but quarterback Erik Ingelin was picked off, and it allowed Quad City to chew valuable minutes off the clock.
Ingelin finally got the Rampage on the board later in the quarter on a 20-yard strike to Chris McNiel.
Ingelin completed 7 of 16 passes for 96 yards overall. McNiel reeled in four catches for 51 yards and Alonzo Clayton caught three passes that covered 31 yards.
The Rampage ground game was limited to just 30 total yards, 21 coming from Marcus Hilliard on seven carries. The team played without leading rusher Dan Schaa, and wide receiver Andy Goeb was also absent.
Veteran linebacker John Elkin - making his return to Bettendorf, where he was an all-state player for the Bulldogs during his prep days - made a game-high 16 tackles. He had 10 solo stops, a sack and a fumble recovery.
DJ Erkenbrack was in on 8 tackles, and Herb Bolden collected eight. Ross Haren and Brian Miller both had six, and Miller sacked Jones three times.
The Rampage will take this weekend off, as it prepares for its toughest test of the season on Saturday, June 30 against the reigning Midwest Football Alliance champion Des Moines Blaze. It will start a three-week homestand for the black and orange.