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Storm stop the Tennessee Rampage, 36-6

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By Greg Woods

The Kentucky Storm got back on the winning track on July 13 with a resounding victory at home over the Tennessee Rampage at their home field in Shelbyville..

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The Storm got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 16-0 lead in the opening quarter. The Rampage scored their only touchdown of the game on an interception return to make 16-6. The Storm came back with another touchdown in the closing minutes of the second quarter to go into halftime with a 22-6 lead.

The Storm scored 14 more points in the second half and shut out the Rampage to win by 30.

“We played great defense,” head coach Richard Smith said. “They had -70 yards rushing. We had a lot of big plays for losses. Joe Dixie and Desmond Mason each had two sacks.

“Timmy Gay had a big day passing. He was 8-for-16 for 162 yards and threw four touchdown passes. We had 336 yards of total offense.”

Wide receiver and punt returner D.J. Smith had a big day — he caught a touchdown pass and threw a touchdown pass when he came on as the backup quarterback when Gay went down with a back injury.

“Gay’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious,” Smith said. “He should be good to go for our next game.”

Bruce Robinson, who played basketball for EHS but not football, caught his first career touchdown pass in the game.

“Demarcus Mason played his first game for us on the offensive line and had a great game,” Smith said. “Avery Wardrup and Josh Satchwell also had good games on the offensive line.

“But it was really our defensive effort that won the game for us. We had a total team effort on defense. Some guys who have not played that great really stepped up and had good games.”

Louisvillian Jordan Tennyson led the Storm with 12 tackles and Eminence native Desmond Mason had eight tackles. Former Shelby County High School player Roman Tinsley intercepted four passes in the game.

The Storm was off last weekend but get back into action against the Wolverines of Radcliffe. this Saturday at North Hardin High School. According to Smith, the Woverines are one of the premier teams in semi-pro football.