Revolution stun Venom in the clutch

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.