By: Erin Baumgartner
Texas Revolution Communications Assistant
It was a slow start for both the Revolution and the Gladiators at the Allen Event Center Friday. After an eventful 4th quarter, the Gladiators finished it out by scoring a touchdown with 23 seconds to go to push ahead for the win 35-28. The Revs (7-3) will play their regular season home finale against Wichita Friday June 2.
Duke City led the majority of the game, and didn’t trail until Keonte Grant earned the Revs a rouge with 1:36 left to give the Revs a 28-27 advantage. A minute and 13 seconds later, the Gladiators answered with a touchdown by Sedrick Johnson plus a 2-point conversion with 23 seconds left in the 4th to regain the lead, 35-28. The Revs were down 27-7 going into the final frame, but gained much needed momentum scoring 20 unanswered points (two Chris Dixon rushing touchdowns and a 12-yard Dixon pass to receiver Clinton Solomon). The final touchdown of that run, the Dixon to Solomon connection, tied the game 27-27 with 1:47 to play.
The Gladiators took command near the end of the 3rd. Up 13-7 at the break, Dexter Manley capped an 11-minute, 17-second drive on a four-yard reception in the end zone. Just a few minutes later following a Dixon fumble forced by Gladiator Ayoub Hamidah, Johnson of the Gladiators caught a 12-yard strike from quarterback Donovan Porterie to increase their lead to 20, 27-7.
The seven points the Revolution offense managed in the first half was the least amount of points the Revs have scored in a half since June 7, 2014 when Texas managed just six points against Sioux Falls.
Duke City got on the board first when Andre London caught a 17-yard pass from Porterie and flipped over the wall securing the reception off-camera. Michael Dyer scored the Revs first TD to tie the game at seven with 18 seconds left in the 1st.
Revs receiver Clinton Solomon caught five passes for 57 yards and a score, but dropped a critical touchdown opportunity with five seconds to play that would have given Texas the opportunity to force overtime or score a two-point try for the win.
Running back Michael Dyer was held to just 14 yards on eight carries and did not get an opportunity to return a kickoff. Texas, leading the league in return average (20.9), got just one opportunity to run a kick back as the Gladiators played keep-away with Texas’ dangerous special teams unit.
Frankie Solomon, fifth in the CIF in tackles per game coming into Friday’s matchup (7.7), led the Revs in tackles (14) and had a season-high five pass breakups.
The Revs will take on Dodge City (8-2) next Saturday in Kansas to continue fighting for a postseason spot.