By Cameron Irvine
Director of Communications, Texas Revolution
Momentum. Big plays can turn the tide of any football game. The Texas Revolution had it when Frankie Solomon stopped the Venom from making it out of the end zone on a kickoff return, giving Texas a 43-42 lead over their rivals from the Pandhandle. But momentum, on this night, was not on the side of the Revs.
In a battle of unbeatens, Amarillo took the last bite out of a 70-63 victory at the Allen Event Center. After Solomon’s rogue at the end of the third quarter, Amarillo held the Revolution to just one touchdown in the next 13 minutes to pull ahead. It was Amarillo’s second-consecutive win at the Allen Event Center, the only team to beat Texas at home in the last three seasons.
The Revs out-gained Amarillo 327-293 in the back-and-forth battle. Quarterback Chris Dixon accounted for all nine of the team’s touchdowns (7 passing, 2 rushing). Joe Adams caught three balls – all for scores. Clinton Solomon had 97 yards and two TDs but both were outdone by Amarillo’s Cedric Gilbert, who was tough to cover on this night – 112 yards and three scores on eight receptions.
Penalties played a big role in defeat. Amarillo committed just three (20 yards); Texas had 11 (64 yards). The stats were almost even otherwise across the board. Amarillo even countered Texas’ 104 rushing yards on 22 carries, with 105 of their its own on 21 attempts. What wasn’t even were the amount of days both teams got to rest from their previous game. Texas played just five days ago against Dodge City, while the Venom were coming off an open week and 11 days rest.
There wasn’t much defense on this early start to a holiday weekend, but when there was Frankie Solomon was usually involved (13 tackles). LaDon Hudson pitched in with 11. No one else for the Revs had more than four wrap-ups.
Texas scored with 46 seconds left to trim the deficit to eight, but the ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful. Amarillo ran out the clock from there. Texas will go back on the road – a short road – to meet the Dallas Marshals Saturday April 22 at Mesquite Arena.