by: Rick Fincham
April 19, 2018
Albuquerque – The Revs played another close game through three quarters before penalties and poor defense late in the game did them in during the final quarter of regulation.
Quarterback Lauren Morales had his day end early after a leg injury precluded him from taking the field in the second half. He was replaced by Richard Adkins who electrified the crowd by rushing for a 29-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter. It was the first of his three touchdowns of the day and tied the score at 17-17. However, running back Jestin Kelly responded by rushing for two of his total of three touchdowns on the day during Duke City’s next two possessions. As a result, the Gladiators regained the lead on Kelly’s second touchdown of the third quarter and never relinquished the lead for the rest of the game.
The Revs attempted to remain within a couple of scores through the first part of the final quarter of play. The Gladiators iced the game after capitalizing on a Revolution interception paired with a penalty on the return that would end in a rushing touchdown from the 1-yard line by quarterback Caleb Holbrook that put the game at 51-30 with 7:53 left to play. Texas tried to respond but too many penalties on their closing drives did not allow them to make up the point differential.
Duke City’s Caleb Holbrook had four touchdowns and passed for 209 total yards on the day. The Gladiators’ Brett Bowers terrorized both of the Revolution’s quarterbacks with two-and-a-half sacks and seven total tackles in the game.
Texas is still in search of their first win of the season and will attempt to get it when they return home to play the Dallas Marshalls on April 21 at Dr. Pepper Arena.