Rampage hauls in six of 13 awards given by SPFL

WEBSTER CITY – Following a successful season that included a run to the Southern Plains Football League semifinals, the Midwest Rampage received a slew of postseason accolades.

The Rampage collected six of the 13 awards handed out by the league at a banquet held in Fairmont, Minn., on Sunday.

The awards included:

Matt Girdley, Coach of the Year.

Gunnar Wyatt, Offensive Player of the Year and Wide Receiver of the Year.

John Elkin, Defensive Player of the Year.

Ben Jass, Quarterback of the Year.

Chuck Tack, Kicker/Punter of the Year.

In two years at the helm of the Rampage, Girdley guided the franchise to two SPFL semifinal berths. He was a unanimous choice by his peers for the honor.

Wyatt, a former college player at Buena Vista University, was dominant on the perimeter and finished the season with 56 catches for 958 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Wyatt also filled in as the team’s kicker when Tack was absent. He booted six field goals, including a season-long 44-yarder.

Jass, the 34-yard-old signal caller in his second year with the Rampage, completed 122 of 232 passes for 2,123 yards and 27 touchdowns while calling the majority of the team’s offensive plays.

Since taking over under center in Week 4 of the 2014 season, Jass has compiled a 12-4 record and thrown for 3,701 yards and 45 touchdowns.

A veteran of the franchise at middle linebacker, the 44-year-old Elkin led the SPFL in tackles with 80. The former Drake Bulldog also racked up five sacks.

In 9 games, the Rampage defense surrendered just 477 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Tack, who played collegiately at Nebraska, connected on 11 of 11 extra-point attempts and made seven field goals in 13 chances. His season was highlighted by a thunderous 63-yard field goal on May 9 against the North Iowa Bucks.