Revs escape Salina with defensive stand

By Cameron Irvine

Director of Communications

The Revs scored the least amount of points in their last 19 games, but thanks to the improved efforts of the defense, Texas still got a critical 46-42 victory over the Salina Liberty Saturday night. The win improves the Revolution to 6-2 with four games left in the regular season.

For the first time in a Revs uniform, quarterback Chris Dixon kept a clean slate, throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions (21-of-30, 177 yards). Dixon found four different receivers in the end zone, Tavarres Williams twice.

The game was tight throughout. Texas’ largest lead was early in the fourth quarter when the team pulled ahead 40-30 on a four-yard touchdown strike from Dixon to Williams. After Salina scored twice to take a 42-40 lead, it was Joe Adams’ leaping catch between two Liberty defenders that helped Texas take the lead for good. Liberty quarterback Michael German (13-of-25, 131 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT) threw four straight incompletions in the final 30 seconds attempting to answer and give Salina its first win. Salina and CenTex are still winless in the CIF, both eliminated from playoff contention. It was the fifth game – third straight game – that the Liberty has lost by seven points or less.

The Revs defense held Salina to just 188 yards of total offense and while the Revs defense didn’t force a turnover in Kansas, the squad did record six tackles for loss, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a sack. Jeremy Coleman led all defenders with seven tackles.

Michael Dyer, who leads the CIF in all-purpose yards by 322 yards, rushed for 61 yards (10 carries), caught three passes for 19 yards and returned five kickoff returns for 95 yards, but failed to reach the endzone. Dyer (1,207 all-purpose yards) is 83 yards away from breaking the team’s single-season all-purpose yards record, held by Frankie Solomon Jr. (1,289) from the 2013 inaugural season.

Texas next travels to face Amarillo (7-1) to break the current regular season series tie. It’s Texas’ first and only trip to Amarillo this year and will be the third time the two teams play in the last five weeks. With a win over Amarillo and a Dodge City loss, the Revolution would be in the drivers seat to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Sioux City (7-2) has a bye this upcoming weekend and has a weaker strength of schedule than Texas. Dodge City (7-2), coming off a 50-point loss to Wichita, will be hosting Duke City (4-4). The Gladiators will be trying to rebound from their third loss to Amarillo this season (losses by two, three and two points).

Watch the game at Amarillo, Saturday night at 7 p.m., at the official watch party home of the Texas Revolution – Bethany Tavern, located in Allen off of Bethany Dr.