Penalties cost Kats in loss to Grand Rapids

Monday, June 11, 2001 at 1:00am

A downpour of yellow flags was enough to drown the hopes of the Nashville Kats.

Although their 14 penalties for 66 yards weren't a team record, it was enough to help seal their fate Friday night in a 60-54 loss to the Grand Rapids Rampage in front of 10,936 fans. At 7-1, the Rampage has the second best record in the Arena Football League. The Kats, 6-3, are tied with the Buffalo Destroyers for the third best record.

Four times the Kats defense was hit with penalties that kept Rampage drives alive. Lineman James Baron is frustrated the Kats have had so many problems preventing the mental mistakes that usually cause penalties.

"You have to be smart," Baron said. "It's hard. You just have to overcome it. You have to focus on the game, especially when it

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