Kicking game comes back to bite Venom

By Cameron Irvine

Director of Communications

In front of 4,035 fans Sunday afternoon, the Texas Revolution snapped Amarillo’s win streak at the Allen Event Center and did so in a record-setting 96-95 stunner, improving to 5-2 and their playoff positioning.

The 191 points scored in the game were the most points scored in an indoor football game since the style of football was formed in 1998 (complete IFL, NAL and CIF all-time records were available. Records for defunct league’s were not readily available). The Revs also set a franchise record for most points in a game (previously 92) and most points given up (95). The 96 points Amarillo gave up was the most in Amarillo indoor football history (among records readily available, from 2005-2011 and 2015-present).

Up 95-89 with 0:41 remaining, Amarillo kicker Jacob Felton missed the extra point, knocking the attempt off the right upright. Felton was the only kicker that hadn’t missed an extra point this season, making his first 58. With the miss and one timeout to spare, Texas drove the length of the field and Chris Dixon hit Tavarres Williams for an 11-yard strike to tie the game. Revs kicker Adam Peden, who had already missed three of his 11 extra point tries on the night, gave the Revolution the lead.

The final play of the game – a 48-yard field goal attempt from Felton, had the distance but missed wide right. Amarillo drops to 6-1.

Adding to Texas’ special teams advantage, Michael Dyer and Joe Adams combined to return four kickoffs back for touchdowns – all 49 yards or more – setting a franchise record for kickoffs returned for scores in a game. The five kickoff returns for touchdowns through seven games this season is already the second-most TDs scored on kickoffs in franchise history. For Dyer, the returns accounted for just two of his seven scores in the game, including four on the ground (10 carries, 83 yards) and one through the air. Dyer now has 13 rushing touchdowns in seven games, third in the CIF.

Marcel Brooks stood tall in the fourth quarter for a banged up and short-staffed Revs defense. Texas down 82-67, Brooks picked off Nate Davis with 13 minutes to play to give the Revs life. After Texas managed to score following another stop, Brooks stripped Amarillo kick returner Kiwaski Tenner and took the forced fumble to the house, helping to tie the score at 82.

Amarillo’s Nate Davis through for 422 yards. Chris Dixon gave the Revs 235 yards through the air, 117 to receiver Clinton Solomon. Dixon also contributed 25 yards with his legs. For the third time in four games, Frankie Solomon Jr. led the Revs in tackles, with 11 Sunday. His 51 tackles on the season is tied for 5th on the CIF leaderboards.

The two teams combined to score 28 times, which is more points than either Omaha or Salina could muster in a CIF game the day before. Texas travels to face Salina (0-8) Saturday before the third and final game of the regular season with Amarillo, this time up north in the Texas Panhandle.