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Rutland's on the 'Rampage'

Vermont Rampage, Rutland's only semi-professional football team, played its first game of the 2009 season last week. Fans packed Rutland High School's Alumni Field to watch an afternoon of action-packed summer-season football.

The Vermont Rampage, now in its second semi-pro season, is growing. The team's roster includes more than 40 talented players and several skilled coaches.

Jim Helm of Fair Haven is head coach this season. Helm has five years of coaching football under his belt guiding the Fair Haven High School Slater's respected football program.

Roy Thomas of Rutland is head of game day operations and is also marketing director for the Rampage. He has been with the team since the start and has been an important asset linking the team with the community.

One of the major action items on Thomas' clipboard was getting the Rampage a home field in Rutland. Alumni Field boasts the only turf field in central Vermont; it's an ideal gridiron for games of the New England Football League.

The Rampage played a tough opening game last week, but the team couldn't overcome the primal force of the Pioneer Valley Indians-final score: 19-9.

The Vermont Rampage team has been a regular fixture at the downtown Friday Night Live series of events this summer. The team;s next home game will be held at the Alumni Field Aug. 9 with kickoff at 4 p.m.

For more information see the team's website at: www.vermontrampage.com

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