|Team history||Rome River Dogs (planning stages)
Rome Rampage (2012)
Georgia Rampage (2013-future)
|Arena||Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center|
|Based in||Dalton, Georgia|
|Colors||Red and Black|
|Owner(s)||Amer W. Awad & Kacee Smith|
|Head coach||Mark Bramblett|
|General Manager||Kacee Smith|
The Georgia Rampage is a professional indoor football team which is a member of the Xtreme Indoor Football League. Based in Dalton, Georgia, the Rampage plays its home games at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.
The team was initially named the Rome River Dogs, but licensing issues forced the name change (which licensing issues are unknown, however, as the team would have been the first indoor/arena team named the River Dogs, while most notably the Arena Football League had the Grand Rapids Rampage.)
The Rampage was originally based in Rome, Georgia and became Rome's second indoor football team; their first since the Rome Renegades which played in the National Indoor Football League for 2005 and later the American Indoor Football League for 2006 (In both leagues, they went to the championship game, losing both times). The Rampage is Dalton's first indoor football team.
The Rampage is owned by Amer W. Awad and Kacee Smith (who also owns the North Georgia Bulldogs semi-pro team).
On June 7, 2011, Joe Micco was named the first head coach in Rampage history. The Rampage were originally owned by Cecil Van Dyke with Kacee Smith as the general manager. However, a few weeks before the start of the season, Van Dyke was arrested for theft by taking putting the Rampage's season in doubt. After the arrest, Smith did all he could to save the season but was unable to find the funding to do so on a full scale, instead making the team a travel team in order to keep the Rampage name alive. While doing his personal taxes, Smith ran into Amer W. Awad who at the time was the office manager for Liberty Tax Service in Calhoun, Georgia. Awad inquired about potentially becoming a business partner stating he had always wanted to own a football team. After months of dialogue and attending the April 15, 2012 game versus the Eastern Kentucky Drillers, Awad and Smith came to an agreement and became business partners moving the team to Dalton. The partnership will officially begin with the 2013 season.
Regular season schedule
|March 3||Mississippi Hound Dogs||Away||L 24-63|
|March 10||Lakeland Raiders||Away||W 35-30|
|March 23||Mississippi Hound Dogs||Away||L 6-53|
|April 6||Florida Tarpons||Away||L 7-60|
|April 15||Eastern Kentucky Drillers||Away||L 20-82|
|April 27||Lakeland Raiders||Away||L 6-106|
|May 21||Florida Tarpons||Away||L 2-68|
2012 United Indoor Football League
|Marion Blue Racers-x||6||4||.600||7||4||.636||602||467|
|Western Pennsylvania Sting||0||5||.000||0||6||.000||125||464|
|Eastern Kentucky Drillers||5||4||.556||6||4||.600||613||361|
|Mississippi Hound Dogs||1||8||.111||1||8||.111||243||471|
With the new ownership of Kacee Smith and Amer Awad, the Rampage moved to Dalton, Georgia, where they changed their name to the Georgia Rampage. During an October press conference, the team announced that Mark Bramblett as the franchise's second ever head coach.
Regular season schedule
|March 4||Lakeland Raiders||Home||L 25-74|
|March 17||Corpus Christi Fury||Away||L 47-58|
|March 25||Missouri Monsters||Home||W 25-18|
|March 30||Sarasota Thunder||Home||W 58-19|
|April 8||Corpus Christi Fury||Home||L 36-44|
|April 19||Florida Tarpons||Away|
|April 27||Missouri Monsters||Away|
|Georgia Rampage roster|
Rookies in italics
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties
- "Rome indoor football team changes name to Rome Rampage". Rome Times-Tribune. May 24, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
- Rampage Introduce Coaches
- Devin Golden (October 12, 2012). "Georgia Rampage coach: Team will shoot for the title". The Daily Citizen. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- Golden, Devin (2013-05-25). "Going Xtreme: Rampage will help form new indoor league". The Daily Citizen. Retrieved 2013-05-27.