By Cameron Irvine
Director of Communications
Another meeting with Amarillo, another four hour marathon. While the third meeting between the two rivals this season played out differently then the 96-95 historical victory for Texas two weeks ago, the result was the same – a Revs win, 68-61 in the final seconds.
The victory improved Texas to 7-2, dropping Amarillo to 7-2, but giving the Revolution the tiebreaker over the Venom by winning the season series.
On 4th and 15 from midfield in a tie game (61-61), quarterback Chris Dixon hit receiver Clinton Solomon in double coverage for a score, what ended up being the game-winner. It was Solomon’s second game this season with four touchdowns; he leads the league with 20. Solomon also leads the CIF in receiving yards per game (74.8). It was the second time in the second half Dixon hit Solomon for a touchdown on fourth down. The two connected on 4th and 21 in the third quarter.
One minute later, running back/kick returner Michael Dyer answered a 45-yard pass, game-tying score by Amarillo with a 50-yard kickoff return. He used two spin moves and some speed to work around Amarillo’s kick coverage unit and give the Revs a 53-47 advantage. Dyer racked up 109 all-purpose yards in the game, breaking the Revolution record for most all-purpose yards in a season (1,316) with three games still to go. Dyer is now up to No. 2 in league rushing yards (506) and rushing touchdowns (15). Dyer’s averaging 24.8 yards per kick return – half the field – and leads the CIF with four return touchdowns.
Texas erased an early 15-0 deficit by going on a 33-3 run. Dyer first scored on a three-yard touchdown scamper. Frankie Solomon Jr. picked off an arrant Nate Davis pass and returned it 33 yards to pay dirt. On the ensuing kickoff, Texas recovered a mishandled return by Amarillo in the end zone and took a 19-15 lead. Dyer scored again, the team added a rouge and then forced a Nate Davis fumble, recovered by Matthew Hornbuckle in the end zone.
In total, the Revs had a sack-fumble-TD, a kickoff return fumble-TD, an interception return for a TD and a kickoff return for a touchdown. That’s eight scores by defense or special teams against Amarillo in the last two meetings.
Dixon finished 11-of-24 but threw for four touchdowns, all to Solomon, who finished with 86 yards on five receptions. Jerico Nelson led the defense with seven tackles, and also had a crucial interception in the end zone with the Revs clinging to a 61-54 lead. Receiver Joe Adams was on the field a lot defensively, giving help to the secondary – adding three tackles. For the second time in three games, Marcel Brooks recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
The Revolution host the Duke City Gladiators (4-5) Friday night. Duke City must win out to have a chance at the playoffs. Texas can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a Wichita loss to Dallas, Saturday. Duke City has a losing record, but is no slouch. The Gladiators have lost to Amarillo (7-2) three times by a combined eight points and lost to Dodge City (8-2) twice by a combined 10 points.