By Cameron Irvine
Director of Communications
A back and forth all-out war broke out on the red battlefield Saturday night in front of 4,420 fans at the Allen Event Center. In the end, it was the Chris Dixon to Joe Adams connection that did the Dodge City Law in 49-42, helping the Revolution to keep pace with Amarillo atop the South Division.
With nine seconds left, Dixon evaded pressure to find Adams, his second touchdown of the night. Dodge City had one last chance to tie or win the game on a Hail Mary, but the pass was batted down at the goalline as time expired.
Momentum swung with 10:22 to play in the fourth quarter, Revs down 30-28, when Michael Dyer returned the kickoff 50 yards for a score. It was just Dyer’s third kickoff return attempt of the season and the first kickoff return for a touchdown of the Revs season. It was the fourth of eight lead changes in the game, six lead changes came in the fourth quarter.
The Revs offense was on the field nearly 10 less minutes than Dodge City and still pulled out a win thanks in part to 85 rushing yards (42 from Dyer, 33 from Dixon and 10 from Darius Fudge). It was the fourth-straight game Texas has rushed for 70 yards, third in the CIF on the ground (91.3 rushing yards per game).
The league’s two top receivers were shut down mostly. Dodge City’s Daniel McKinney had only four grabs, but did score twice. Texas’ Clinton Solomon had 5 receptions for 34 yards and a score – well under their average yardage total in the early part of the season.
Frankie Solomon had a season high 15 tackles, one for a loss and two pass breakups – including the game-clinching knockdown. Kicker Adam Peden was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points and a successful squib kick late helped run preci
ous seconds off the clock leaving Dodge City time for just one desperation throw instead of two in the waning seconds. The Revs defense is still top four in almost every statistical catagory, including first in points per game allowed (29.0) and yards per game allowed (170.5).
Linebacker LaDon Hudson continues to rack up the sacks – he has 4 in four games, good for sixth in the CIF.
The win sends Texas to 4-0 and Dodge City to 5-1. The two teams will meet in Kansas late in the season – Saturday May 27. Next up for the Revs, 4-0 Amarillo comes to town Thursday at 7 p.m. – winner will control the South Division race. Get your tickets by calling 972-422-PASS #notaschoolnight