By Erin Baumgartner
Texas Revolution Communications Assistant
A back and forth battle saw Wichita challenge the Revs at the Allen Event Center Friday night, but ultimately Texas maintained control to top the Force 56-43. With the win, the Revs will host a playoff game this Saturday June 10.
Heading into the fourth, Texas held a 42-36 advantage over Wichita. With playoff positioning on the line, it was the Revolution who came through in the clutch with back-to-back scores, pulling ahead by 20. The first was a five-yard pass from Chris Dixon to Clinton Solomon and the second, a three-yard run by Dixon.
After shutting out the Force in the first quarter, the Revs blanked the Force in the fourth, surrendering only a late touchdown with 51 seconds left. It was the sixth game this season Texas shutout an opponent in a quarter.
While the two teams battled back-and-forth in the third, Wichita was never able to fully recover from their 13-point, first quarter deficit. The Force never led.
After a slow beginning to the last home game, scoring only seven points in the first half against Duke City, Texas racked up 28 against the Force.
While the offense stayed consistent, the defense got better as the night went on. Wichita had just 76 yards of offense in the second half as Texas compiled five sacks, 2.5 from Demario Dixon, a North Texas product. The last time Texas registered five sacks in a game was April 24, 2015 against San Angelo.
Force quarterback Jake Medlock completed less than 50 percent of his passes (14-of-29), his second-worst completion percentage of the season. The Force ground game was held to four yards on 15 carries, their worst game on the ground this year.
Michael Dyer scored three more times to cap his regular season rushing touchdown total at 20, third in the CIF. Clinton Solomon added two more scores to his league-high 26 touchdowns. Dyer set team records for most rushing yards in a season (601), touchdowns in a season, all-purpose yards in a season (1,593) and kickoff return touchdowns (4). Dyer’s 23.7 yards per kick return was the best average in league history.
Solomon’s 26 receiving TDs is also a team record. His 50 career CIF touchdowns is a league record and the Revs 26 wins are most of any CIF franchise since the league was born in 2014.