LAKE BENTON, MINN - Quarterback Drew Dettmering made quite a first impression on his new teammates here Saturday evening.
Less than a week after joining the Midwest Rampage, Dettmering set one team record on a touchdown pass and rushed for another score to help the black and orange run its record to 3-0 with a 19-14 victory over the Buffalo Ridge Wildcats.
A graduate of Tripoli High School, Dettmering made his first pass a memorable one, as he connected with Taylar Karas on a 75-yard touchdown toss - the longest in franchise history.
Dettmering added a 4-yard touchdown run on an option play in the second quarter. He accounted for 174 yards of total offense, including 150 through the air on 7 of 16 passing.
Veteran running back Ross Haren did plenty of the heavy lifting as well. He rambled for 108 yards on 20 carries; 52 of his yards came on a game-deciding touchdown run on fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter.
Buffalo Ridge scored late to pull within five, but the Rampage recovered an onside kick with under a minute to go and was able to hang on to the win.
"It was a great team effort," Rampage middle linebacker John Elkin said after he piled up nine tackles, including two sacks. "Three games into the season we are a very tight group where everybody checks their egos at the door and because of that (we're) 3-0."
The Rampage out gained Buffalo Ridge 298-212. Karas caught three balls for 118 yards in the win.
Shon Osborn had 11 tackles; Nick Plueger finished with 10 and two interceptions.
The Rampage will return home this Saturday to take on fellow unbeaten Albert Lea (2-0) at 3 p.m.