Photo: The Belton Journal
Story: Cameron Irvine, Revolution Director of Communications
BELTON, TX – It didn’t take long for the Revolution to find their stride Saturday night at the Bell County Expo Center. Chris Dixon, two years removed from his last pro indoor football game, threw for three touchdowns in the first half. The Revs starters, sitting on the sidelines after three bye weeks and a first half, preseason smashing of the Stealth, shut down the Cavalry in all phases of a 69-21 triumph, improving to 1-0 in CIF play.
Receiver Clinton Solomon caught four touchdowns on eight receptions for 146 yards, a career high on any professional level (NFL, AFL, IFL, CIF) for receiving yards in a game. The 4 TDs tied Solomon’s career high with the team. Dixon (17-of-24, 267 yards) finished with six touchdowns through the air, one on the ground, and completed his first nine passes. Joe Adams caught two touchdowns on three receptions for 72 yards.
The ground game was working too. Michael Dyer carried seven times for 49 yards, and gashed Centex with a 36-yard run, untouched, in the second half to blow the game open. Jordan Brown – on his first and only carry of the night – took the rock 45 yards for a touchdown, the Revs final TD of the night. Darius Fudge scored the season’s first points and saw limited action after an injury. He walked off under his own power without assistance.
Jonathan McKnight had the defenses only interception, but Texas blocked two field goals and wreaked havoc all night against the Centex offensive line with a tenacious pass rush. Frankie Solomon Jr. broke up six passes and recovered two fumbles. Texas led 21-0 before the Cavalry had a first down.
The Revs ran in four touchdowns, the most since the four rushed in the 2015 championship game against Sioux City. 9.8 yards per carry (98 yards on 10 attempts) was the second best rushing-average-per-play in the team’s five years of competition, bested only by the 105 yards on 10 carries against Mesquite last season. The 21 points were the least given up by a Revolution defense since March 20, 2015, when the Duke City Gladiators, also an expansion team at the time, got beat 56-16. It’s the least amount of points given up on the road in franchise history.