By Cameron Irvine
Director of Communications, Texas Revolution
The Revs offense finished strong but started weak, while the defense started strong and finished weak all culminating in a 58-72 loss to the Dallas Marshals Saturday night at Mesquite Arena.
Texas (4-2) gave up more than 70 points for the second consecutive week for the first time in franchise history. It came at the hands of Robert Kent, the teams former quarterback, who was released earlier this season due to circumstances the Revolution organization were not willing to accept. Kent started 3-of-12 but completed 15 of his last 20 passes, through for nine touchdowns and kept a clean interception sheet. The opposite was true for Chris Dixon, who had thrown just four interceptions in 120 pass attempts. Dixon threw three interceptions and also lost a fumble. Darius Fudge also fumbled, his first fumble lost this season.
The five turnovers the Revolution committed were the most in a game since May 10, 2014.
While the Revolution fell, Texas rushed for 156 yards, the most in a game this season. Michael Dyer scored four touchdowns on 14 carries (82 yards). Chris Dixon added 66 yards and three scores on 10 carries. Both Dyer and Dixon have nine rushing touchdowns in 2017, tied for 7th in the CIF. Brandon Harold led a rough night for the defense, with seven tackles, two sacks and a blocked kick. It was the fifth blocked kick of the season. The defense hasn’t been the same since Johnathan McKnight (4 interceptions in two games) and Cody Berry suffered significant injuries and were placed on injured reserve.
The Revs led 32-31 early in the third quarter but couldn’t capture the lead the rest of the way. A botched snap resulting in a failed two-point conversion attempt kept the game tied at 38. Dallas captured all the momentum from that point forward.
Dallas (4-3) is now just a half game behind the Revolution for third place in the South Division, along with Duke City. Both the Marshals and Gladiators have byes this week, while Texas will return home to face the league’s lone remaining unbeaten – Amarillo (6-0) Sunday April 30. Doors open at 2 p.m. Kickoff is 3 p.m.