Rockford Rams have the talent to repeat as national champions


The name Rockford Rams has a long history going back to the old semi-pro team that played outdoors in Rockford in the 1960s and early ’70s. The latest version of the Rockford Rams is doing a tremendous job of maintaining the Rams’ winning reputation.

The current version of the Rockford Rams is an indoor team that plays at the Victory Sports Complex off North Alpine. This is their second season. It’s an amateur team of guys that loves to play ball.

The age span of the players on the roster ranges from 19 to 35 according to team owner and general manager James Willis. Willis is a former semi-pro player himself.

The Rams compete in the Indoor Football Association. Last season they went 10-0 and they won the national championship in Tier3 indoor football. This season they’re probably even better. They have absolutely dominated their first four opponents outscoring them by an average score of 55 to 8.

“I feel like we’ve gotten a little better,” says head coach and former East E-Rabs Martell English. “We’be brought in some new guys. We have a new quarterback in Payton Womack. He’s been stellar for us this season.”

Womack is the former Rockford Lutheran standout. His super-quick feet, his athleticism and his strong arm make him a natural for the fast-paced indoor game.

“It was hard at first,” says Womack of adjusting to the indoor game. “It’s really quick. It’s a lot faster. There’s less people. You’ve got to make your reads faster. It’s probably the hardest position on the field is the quarterback.”

How often do the guys talk about repeating as champions?

“They’ve been talking about that since preseason,” says Womack. “That’s our goal is to repeat as champions.”

Womack’s main target is Justin Opengo. The former Guilford Viking is still going strong at 35 years old.

“It’s a lot of fun the comaraderie, the guys,” says Opengo. “They’re young guys and they still ball. I love football. I’m still playing. This makes it even more exciting!”

Some of the leaders on defense are former East defensive back Davante Williams, former Auburn defensive back Corey Jefferson, middle linebacker Taylor Snell and defensive end Greg Davis. Davis is about to break the record for the most sacks all-time in semi-pro history.

“We’re extremely happy with how they’re playing this season. We’re really fortunate,” says Willis.

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