By Cameron Irvine
Director of Communications
Texas’ Clinton Solomon leads the CIF in receiving touchdowns this season, but his last catch in the end zone Saturday night was different than all his others. On Dodge City’s final heave after Solomon’s 15-yard touchdown catch with six seconds to go put Texas up four, Solomon was put back deep to defend the Law’s last stand. He routinely leaped above everyone else on the field, secured his first interception of the season and secured Texas’ 63-59 postseason triumph in front of 4,190 fans at the Allen Event Center.
Solomon led the way with 100 receiving yards on seven receptions. Both of his touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, his first giving Texas a 49-45 lead with 9:59 remaining. He has the superman the Revs needed him to be. It was the second time the Revolution beat the Law in the final seconds this season, previously upending Dodge City 49-46 on a Joe Adams score.
The only stop of the second half was the difference in the game. With Dodge City driving at the Revolution 14 late in the third, Meshak Williams wrestled down Law running back D.J. Abnor, ripped the ball from his hands and into his, sending the home fans into a frenzy. It was Williams’ second forced fumble of the year, his previous coming against Dodge City April 8.
Despite being on the field 20 less plays than the Law offense, the Revolution made offense happened quickly. Texas faced just four third-down tries, converting three times and did not need to attempt a fourth down. Texas averaged 7.4 yards per play. Quarterback Chris Dixon accounted for 211 passing yards, 32 rushing yards and seven of the team’s eight touchdowns.
Dodge City was coming in to Allen a frustrated team. Once 9-2, Dodge City had two May wins stripped from the team for failing to comply with league regulations, losing an opportunity to host a playoff game. The Law then went to Duke City the final week of the season and got handcuffed by a stingy Gladiator defense, 43-22. This Dodge City squad was no quitter. Two sensational catches over the wall – one a 24-yard catch from Rashads Pargo with 3:10 to play and another, Daniel McKinney’s six-yard flip. No heroics topped the cast of superhero’s for Texas.
With the win, Texas will go to Amarillo and face the Venom Monday June 19. Amarillo’s arena was booked for the weekend, which gives both teams some extra time to prepare, but a short week for Texas if the Revolution are able to win and get an Omaha upset over Sioux City in the Northern Conference Championship, Saturday June 17 (Texas would then host Omaha in the Championship Friday June 23. If Texas and Sioux City win, it’s back to Iowa for the Revs for a rematch of Champions Bowl I (2015), the last time the two teams met.