WORCESTER, MA- Fans in the DCU Center could feel the animosity between the Lions and Pirates last night in a barn-burner battle! Players from both teams shared words not suitable for this publication along with several side scuffles between plays.
Making matters worse, the yellow tinker tape flew quite often as both teams were victims of bad calls! But the first half ended with a Sean Brackett first down boom! touchdown to Devon Brown tying the score tied at 34.
Pirates special teams did their job by starting the second half with a fumble recovery, run-back touchdown. A bad hand off transition from Espinoza forces the ball loose and Pirates Defensive Back Cheatham Norrils scoops it up and runs it into the no-no zone!
Late in third, Pirates fumble during a kickoff return giving Columbus great field position. That brings up the start of the fourth quarter with Columbus on the 16 yard line down by a touchdown. Pirate defense fights hard but after three plays Espinoza goes to Johnson (and an extra point) to tie the score at 48.
Brackett and company respond by driving the ball down field with catches by Mardy Gilyard and Bones Bagaunte. Pirate Quarterback Darron Thomas comes in for several unsuccessful QB-sneak attempts. Brackett returns, but fails to convert after a 4th down, over-the-boards incomplete pass intended for Bones Bagaunte (score still tied at 48).
After a big defensive stand by the Pirates, stopping Espinoza from converting a 4th, Brackett gets the ball back with just under four minutes to play. Bracket throws a deep intersection to Columbus’ Chris Pickett who runs back twenty yards to set Espinoza and his Lions offense a first and goal with three minutes left. One play later, Durran Neal catches a blown coverage, TD for Columbus (Lions up 55-48).
Sean Bracket and Devonn Brown tie the score with a combination pass-play with a minute left in the game (55 all). Columbus does some clock-wasting on the following drive, but Pirate defense comes up big with an unbelievable fumble recovery. In a poor choice of play calling, Columbus attempts a poorly executed spotpass-thrown behind the line of scrimmage.
Bracket drives down field yet again. With a Lions pass interference call, Pirates claim four chances from the two yard line for a chance to pound one in for the game winner. Brackett decides to go to Lavonn Pearson for a one yard pass-n-dive finishing the game with a big Massachusetts Pirates win, 62-55.
These teams meet again in two weeks in Columbus, Georgia for what’s sure to be another beat-down, drag-out, barn burner! Next week, however the Lions travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for a matinee face off against the Cobras at 12:00pm. The Massachusetts Pirates stay home next Saturday when their visited by the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. Tune into NAL Youtube channel at 7pm for all the action!
By Tonya Swim
The Texas Revolution (5-7) will travel to Amarillo (8-4) for a matchup against the Venom for the second time in as many weeks, but this time in the first round of the playoffs. Don't let the win/loss stat make your decision before hand though.
The Revolution struggled in the first part of the season, but as coaching changes were made, the Revolution began coming on strong when it really mattered as shown in their 2 wins and 1 loss against Amarillo alone.
Stats show a lot, like the mistakes Amarillo had made when playing the Revs, but most don't realize is that there have been key players missing in each of the games against the Revolution. “We finally have our full team. We've never played the Revolution with every piece. Another factor is we're at home and we don't plan on losing at home. We've beat ourselves every time we've lost to them and I believe we have every thing covered with Raymond (Johnson Jr.), Xavier (Amey), and Jordan (DeCorte) back, I don't see us losing.” stated Venom Center Bernard Flores.
The game takes place on the unconventional night of Monday, June 18th with a start time of 7pm CST. Tickets start at $7 and Curious George, courtesy of Panhandle PBS will be on hand for the kids to visit. The game will be broadcast on Pluto TV.
By Tonya Swim
The Wichita Force (4-8) will travel to meet the Duke City Gladiators (10-2) for the fourth time this season, in the first round of the playoffs.
The Force have not had a lot of luck against the Gladiators during the regular season averaging a loss by 14 points, but gradually improving against them.
The Gladiators have dominated the South Division for much of the entire season, running neck and neck with the Amarillo Venom before eventually getting the wins that put them alone at the top first in the Southern division than the league.
The Force has a nine and a half hour bus ride to Albuquerque, but that is not deterring their determination nor enthusiasm for the upcoming game. “We traveled there earlier in the season, so we have an idea of what to expect and how to deal with the bus ride and their home field advantage. We have a great attitude knowing in the locker room, everyone is upbeat and ready to make the record 1-3 against Duke City.” stated Force Wide Receiver D.A. Allen.
The Force and Gladiators will play in Tingley Coliseum at 6pm MST on Saturday June 16th. The game will be broadcast on Pluto Tv.
Coach Ameer and his gang of swashbucklers are coming off their bye week with high aspirations. Taking a week off after a win over the Maine Mammoths the Massachusetts Pirates need another to keep the momentum to finish out the season. Amazingly, the Massachusetts Pirates went nine weeks of hard fought battles before their first rest, most of which were on the road. Nevertheless, they need more than a weekend on the couch to get refreshed for the number two team in the National Arena League.
When these two teams last met in week five, the Lions were the best team in the league and coming off a big win over the Jacksonville Sharks. Skip Seda and the Lions front office put together a stronger offensive than the inaugural 2017 NAL season. However, with home field advantage and four weeks of experience the Pirates came out on top 37-44 in spectacular fashion.
According to a press release from Team Pirates, written by Mick Moninghoff:
Head Coach Ameer Ismail say’s the key is to keep up the cardio. “Coming off a bye week some teams tend to get winded,” the coach said. “You do lose a percentage of your lung capacity. During the off week we watched film, studied and stayed in shape but we’ll start this week with a purpose and focus on extra conditioning.”
This is very reassuring for Pirate Nation that hopes to witness another home win against a strong Lion’s team. During the game the Pirates will be honoring “Hometown Heroes: Military, Police Fire, Medical, and Teachers” with a flag football game between the Worcester Police Officers and Firefighters! The Pirates/Lions game will air on Youtube live at 7pm or on NESNPlus on June 19th at 7pm!
By Tonya Swim
Frisco, Texas-The failure to finish at the beginning of the season put the Texas Revolation in a precarious position for the last game of the regular season.
The 4-7 Revs hosted the 8-3, second seed in the Southern Conference Amarillo Venom. Coming off of a two game loss, the Revs got the win in the last meeting of these two teams giving them high hopes of sneaking into the playoff spot.
The Venom fans were given a pleasant surprise when former Venom kicker Jacob Felton stepped onto the field for the kickoff.
The Revs Marcel Brooks took the first kickoff and got the ball out to their own 24 yard line.
Quarterback Andrew Jackson came out after two weeks on injured reserve and handed off to Darius Fudge for a two yard gain. Jackson passed to Brett Reece Jr then another hand off to Fudge to bring up second and nine with the ball on the Venom 14. An incomplete pass and then a pass knocked down by Venom Cashmin Thomas brought up fourth and nine. Jackson found Clinton Solomon for a first down then a hand off to Fudge for a loss of one put the ball on the Venom five.
Timeout Revolution 9:57 in the first quarter.
Jackson found C. Solomon in the end zone for the first touchdown in the game. Jarod Haynes' point after is blocked. At 9:32 in the first quarter, Venom 0 Revolution 6.
Haynes' kickoff taken out by another former Venom, Craig Fulton Jr and the Venom start their first possession on their own five yard line.
Quarterback Nate Davis passes to Alex Watson Sr. and the flags come out. Offsides on Tre Harlan of the Revolution. Venom are moved up to their own 19. Davis passes to Terrell Smith putting the ball on the Revs 21 and giving the first and ten. A handoff to a reactivated Jah'son Patterson and a holding call on the Revolution, which was declined, put the ball on the Revs 24 and a repeat of the down. The next pass was incomplete then another pass was knocked down by Frankie Solomon Jr bringing out Felton and the Field goal team.
Felton's attempt was blocked and the ball rolls into the end zone where Reece recovers it giving the Revs six more points. Haynes PAT is good and 6:33 left in the first, Venom 0 Revs 13.
Haynes kick off is taken by Thomas out the the Venom 22.
Davis found Fulton for a five yard gain, then an incomplete pass and pass to Watson brought up the first and goal with the ball on the Revs 10 yard line. Davis' next pass was incomplete then a bad snap had Davis scrambling when he found Fulton placing the ball on the Revolution three yard line. A pass to Watson finally got the Venom on the board, but the flags came out. Face mask on Revs Travonti Johnson, declined, Venom take the six. The extra point by Felton is good, 2:58 in the first, Venom 7 Revs 13.
Felton's onside kick touched a teammate on the knee before it went 10 yards, so the Revolution took possession of the ball on the Venom nine.
Now, here's the controversy. The face mask penalty was declined giving the Venom the six points, but then the Revolution was penalized for the same face mask putting the ball on the Venom 24.
Jackson passes to Clinton Solomon but only for a gain of four thanks to Thomas, then the next pass was incomplete placing the ball on the Venom 20. Jackson's next pass to C. Solomon was complete for a touchdown and Haynes hit the uprights bringing the score Venom 7, Revs 19 with 1:41 left in the first.
Thomas takes the kickoff out to the Venom 20. Flag, holding on the Venom put the ball back onto the Venom 11.
Davis' was pass incomplete then a pass to Ricardo Johnson put the ball on the Venom 18 for a gain of seven and third and three. Davis passed to Patterson was incomplete and that ended the first quarter.
The second quarter started with the Venom on the Revolution 18 bringing up the forth and three. Davis passed to Watson for a one yard gain. Another pass to Watson brought up first and goal putting the ball on the Revolution five. An incomplete pass brought up to second and goal then a pump fake and a pass to Watson was a touchdown. Felton added the one and with 12:14 left in the half, Venom 14 Revolution 20.
Felton's kickoff was taken by Brooks out to the Revolution 18.
Jackson pass complete to Tavarres Williams put the ball on their own 22 then another pass and a obsticle run through three Venom defenders and Williams added six more for the Revolution. Haynes' PAT was good, 11:53 left in the half the Venom 14 Revolution 26.
Kickoff taken out by Thomas, who was put out of bounds at the Revolution 23.
Davis had an incomplete pass then found Patterson with a touchdown pass. Felton remained perfect on his PAT's and 10:22 left in the second quarter, Venom 21 Revolution 27.
Felton's kickoff bounced then went out at the Revs eight yard line.
Jackson's first pass was incomplete then a pass to Reece was complete but stopped by new addition to the Venom Mark Sterling on the Revolution 18.
Jackson pitched to Williams was complete, but a personal foul on Revs was declined but the loss of yards pushed them back to their own 15. Jackson found Williams with a pass, but more flags, this time on both teams, holding on the offense and roughing the passer. They offset, so the Revs got their six yard gain and a repeat of the down. Jackson passed again to Williams who was brought down midfield by NaShawn Lewis and a hoard of other Venom. The next pass was incomplete, but then Jackson fired a shot of a pass to LaDon Hudson and touchdown, Revolution. Haynes again added the one and 7:32 in the second quarter, Venom 21 Revolution 34.
Kickoff was taken out by Thomas to their own eight yard line, but a flag on Ricardo Johnson moved the ball back half the distance to the goal on the four yard line
Davis passed to Watson for a gain of 9 bringing up second and one then a pass to Smith put the ball on the Venom 23. An incomplete pass with a flag of offside on the defense moved the ball to the Revolution 22 and the first and five. Another incomplete pass will have the Venom call timeout at 4:43 in the second. Davis fakes a hand off then passes to Watson for the first and 10 and the ball on the Revs 11. A hand off to Patterson will put the ball on the Revs six, then a pump fake and pass to Smith will close out for the touchdown. Point after was good and with 2:54 left in the half, the Venom 28 Revolution 34.
Kickoff taken by F. Solomon out to the Venom 23.
Jackson's pass was incomplete, then a pass to Robbie Rhodes put the Revs on the Venom 19 and a time out was called. 54 seconds left in the half, and at forth and seven, Jackson tried a pass, but it was knocked away by Thomas and the ball changes possession on downs on the Venom 19.
Davis starts out with a pass tipped back into his hands, then passes again, but brings out the flags for an illegal forward pass and the Venom are backed up to their own 12 and a loss of a down. The next play was an incomplete pass, then a bad snap was recovered by Harlan who ran it in for a touchdown. The snap for the two point conversion was taken by F. Solomon, Haynes faked a kick, but the conversion was no good. 32 seconds left in the half, Venom 28 Revolution 40.
Haynes kickoff went out of the end zone for a touch back and the Venom start on their own five yard line with 25 seconds left in the half.
Davis passes to Smith for a four yard gain, then Davis ran but was blocked and brought down for a gain of one. Third and five, flags, on the Venom backs the ball up to their own five. Davis found Patterson with a pass getting them out to the Venom 19 but the next pass was blocked by Malik Jenkins bringing out the field goal team. Time out, Venom.
Felton FG attempt from the V12, timeout Revolution. Trying again, field goal attempt, flags on the Venom moves the ball out to the Revolution 22. Felton's attempt was good to end the half. Venom 28 Revolution 40.
Haynes kicked off to start the second half and Thomas took it out but was stopped with a huge hit from F. Solomon on the Venom 24. Davis found R. Johnson with a pass for a seven yard gain, an incomplete pass then a hand off to Patterson put the ball on the Revs 16. Davis' next pass was tipped again my Jenkins, but his pass to Watson put them on the Revs 7. Another bad snap had Davis scrambling, and he recovered, but was now on the Revolution 23. Felton again brings out the field goal team, but his first attempt was met with flags on the Venom and they were backed up five. His next attempt was good, so 10:31 in the third quarter, Venom 34 Revolution 40.
Kickoff was taken by F. Solomon, fumbled and picked up by Terrious Triplett giving the Venom the start on the Revolution 11. Davis hands off to Patterson for the touchdown, then with the good PAT, the Venom take the lead 41 Revolution 40 with 9:44 left in the third quarter.
Kickoff is taken by Harlan, but a holding call gave them a 10 yard penalty and the Revs will start on their own 14. Jackson first pass was intercepted by Demario Donnell, and a holding call on Robert Griffin put the Venom on their own 13.
Davis hands off to Patterson puts the ball midfield, then a fake hand off and pass to Watson puts the Venom on the Revs 18. An incomplete pass then a pitch to Patterson got the Venom in the end zone and a good two point conversion tacked on an additional two. 6:21 left in the third quarter, Venom 49 Revolution 40.
F. Solomon takes the next kickoff up to midfield, then Jackson handed off to Fudge for a three yard gain bringing up second and seven. A hand off for no gain then an incomplete pass brought up fourth and seven. Jackson ran the next play getting up to the Venom 14, and an incomplete pass and pass interference on Thomas put the ball on the Venom 10. Jackson's next pass was nearly intercepted by Jeff Branch and the Revs call a time out with 1:59 left in the third. Jackson's next two passes was incomplete, but an illegal use of hands put the ball on the Venom five, and Venom Desmond Railford ejected from the game. Jackson's hand off went no where, but his pass to Williams resulted in a touchdown. Haynes hit the uprights and with 57 seconds left in the third, Venom 49 Revolution 47.
The first kickoff was whistled dead, but the second was taken out by Thomas down to the Revolution 12. Venom start out with a false start on Bernard Flores, backing them to the Revs 17. A hand off to Patterson will put the ball on the Revs eight and end the third quarter.
Davis again handed off to Patterson for a one yard gain, time out, Venom. Davis recovers a fumble in the next play, but the ball is back on the Revs 19. Felton comes out and punches the ball through the uprights for a field goal. 12:43 in the fourth, Venom 52 Revolution 47.
Felton kick off taken by F. Solomon out to their own 23. A block in the back will push them back to their own eight yard line.
Jackson's pass is incomplete, then a pass to Williams moves them up to their own 16. Finding Williams again puts the ball on their own 24, then to Fudge to get them into the Venom territory on the 22. Next pass was incomplete bringing up third and six. Jackson runs, but is stopped at the Venom 17, just short of the first down. Jackson with the quarterback sneak plows in for the first down, putting the ball on the Venom 14. Jackson's next pass was to C. Solomon, and he was wrapped up by Thomas on the Venom seven. An incomplete pass then another pass to C. Solomon put the Revs in the end zone, but the two point conversion was no good. 6:17 left in the game, Venom 52 Revolution 53.
The Revs kickoff taken by Thomas out to the Venom eight.
Davis fumbles the hand off to Patterson and the Revs recover getting the ball on the Venom eight.
Jackson hands of to Harlan for no gain, then a pass was incomplete. Third and goal, Jackson's pass was again incomplete then a run and a pitch to Harlan and the Revolution again added some points to the board. Haynes continues his one point streak and with 3:53 left in the game, the Venom 52 Revolution 60.
Thomas again with the kickoff and he gets the ball to the Venom seven. Davis finds Watson for a gain of eight, an incomplete pass. a pass to Patterson then another incomplete pass and an offside call on the Revs put the ball on the Revolution 19. Davis finds Fulton and DeWayne Autrey body slams Fulton creating a litany of yellow to fly for the personal foul giving the Venom the automatic first down and the ball on the Revolution six yard line.
One minute warning.
Davis with an incomplete pass, then a scramble up to the one. Flags, Venom, ball on the Revs 16. Davis' pass was tipped by Hudson bringing up the third down. Davis fumbles the next play and the Revolution recovers on their own 14.
Jackson hands off to Fudge for a seven yard gain, then hands off to Fudge again for a gain of nine putting the ball on the Venom 20. Time out, Venom, last of the game. With seconds left, Jackson uses two plays taking a knee, then an incomplete pass will end the game.
Venom 52 Revolution 60.
Venom Jer'yl Christian reflects on the game. “We beat ourselves. We started out slow and went back on top then we let the lead get away. We didn't take advantage of our opportunities.”
The Revolution will travel to Amarillo for the first round of the playoffs on June 18.
Well, the 2018 season has finally concluded. The season started with 11 teams competing for a spot in the CIF postseason. Now, only eight teams remain. Four teams from the north conference and four teams from the south conference. These teams will go head to head in two playoff games. The last team from each conference will move on to the Champions Bowl.
Shortly after the Duke City Gladiators defeated the Wichita Force, the playoff teams and matchups were finally set. Here are your north conference playoff teams and schedule
June 16, 2018 #4 Bismarck Bucks at #1 Salina Liberty - 6:35pm CT
June 16, 2018 #3 seed at #2 Sioux City Bandits - 7:00pm CST
Two of these four teams will advance to the conference title game. The other two will be eliminated from the playoffs.
As for the south conference, here are the four teams advancing to the postseason and the south conference playoff schedule:
June 16, 2018 #4 seed at #1 (overall) Duke City Gladiators - 6:00pm MST
June 18, 2018 #3 Texas Revolution at #2 Amarillo Venom - 7:00pm CT
This year, the fourth Champions Bowl has a sponsor. Baymont by Wyndham. During the title game, representatives will be on hand to watch the game and to award the trophy to the winning team.
Super heros were out in force last night to watch the matchup between the Carolina Cobras(7-2) and the Jacksonville Sharks(5-3). What started as a close matchup, the Cobras defense found the kryptonite needed to shut down the Sharks offense in the second half.
The Sharks would win the coin toss and elect to defer to the second half, giving the Cobras the ball to start the game. Charles McCullum and the offense would strike quickly, finding Jordan Jolly on a 30 yard touchdown pass. Craig Peterson would make the PAT. On the Sharks opening drive, the Cobras defense stod tall and forced a turn over on downs. I would be short lived, with Marvin Ross intercepting McCullum in the endzone. On the next play, Adrain McPherson would fumble the snap and Dwayne Beckford would recover in the endzone for a defensive touchdown. Peterson's PAT would be block and returned by Dallas Jackson for 2 points. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, McPherson would find Chris Gilchrist for a 30 yard touchdown and with Brandon Behr adding the PAT, the score was 13-9 in favor of the Cobras.
On the first play of the second quarter, the Sharks defense would break through and sack McCullum for a safety. Peterson, would get those two points back by hitting the deuce. The Cobras defense would make another stand, forcing another turn over on downs on the 2 yard line. McCullum would find Phillip Barnett for an easy touchdown and Peterson would hit another PAT. The Sharks next drive would end with Ken Walton picking off McPherson in the endzone, giving the offense the ball on the 4 yard line. Ross would pick off McCullum again on a deep pass to Jolly, that set up McPherson to find Gilchrist again and Behr would connect on the PAT and the deuce. The next drive, the fans would see the Cobras turn the ball over on downs but the defense would hold the Sharks to just a field goal with less than two minutes left in the half. The Sharks tried to catch the Cobras sleeping by attempting an onside kick to no avail. McCullum took advantage of the good field position, finding Fabian Gurrea for a 14 yard touchdown. Peterson out of character missed the PAT. Michael Green would close out the half by going up for an interception in the endzone, protecting the Cobras 28-23 lead at the half.
Whatever Coach Schmidt said to his defense at halftime proved to be what they needed to hear. The Sharks drive to open the 3rd quarter would result in another turn over on downs and McCullum would find Jolly again for an 11 yard touchdown and Peterson's PAT split the uprights. Cedric Poole kept the Sharks from scoring whenever he broke up a pass in the endzone on 4th down to give the Cobras offense the ball back. Barnett would make a leaping catch while double covered for a 30 yard bomb and Peterson would show how he earned the nickname "the leg" by making the PAT and the deuce on the kickoff. The Sharks made a change at quarterback during the 3rd quarter, opting to let Patrick McCain handle the snaps. This would be futile, with Green getting his second pick of the game in the endzone to stop another Sharks drive. Carolina was up at the end of the 3rd 44-23.
The 4th quarter would be the Charles McCullum quarter, connecting to Gurrea on an 11 yard touchdown and another Michael Gren int would set him up to find Barnett for a 21 yard catch and run touchdown. Jacksonville would have yet another turn over on downs and this time Jolly would take advantage of the field position on a 13 run after catch. McCain and the Sharks didn't roll over and play dead, connecting with Cody Saul on a 30 yard touchdown and then going for and getting the two-point conversion. They would try another onside kick and this time Green was ready, grabbing it off the field and taking back for a special teams touchdown. Peterson would go three out of four on PATs in the 4th quarter the last one being blocked and Ross returning for two points. That would be a wash, with Peterson ending the game with a deuce.
The Cobras are riding a lot of momentum going into their second bye week before the Columbus Lions come to town on June 23, which could be the NAL championship game this season. The Sharks will have to wait till next week to see if they can find that 100 franchise victory.
CIF Football Fans! It's the final week of the 2018 regular season. It's been a crazy year and with the game between the Texas Revolution and the Amarillo Venom, it's going to get even crazier.
With the Dallas Marshals out of Champions Indoor Football, there are four teams currently in the South Conference. As it stands right now, the Amarillo Venom are in 2nd place holding strong at 8-3. As for the Texas Revolution, Texas last at 4-7.
The Amarillo Venom are already in the postseason and will play their game next week. However, for the Texas Revolution, they have to win this game in order to make the playoffs and keep their defending CIF championship status.
In the first half of the game, the defense was giving Venom quarterback Nate Davis was under some heavy pressure. So much pressure that his offensive line couldn't help protect him. They even made penalties at critical moments in the game. In the first half, the Revolution intercepted the ball, picked up a fumble, and even blocked a field goal by the Amarillo Venom. But, at the same time, the referees were placing the ball in incorrect spots. At the end of the second quarter, the score is the Texas Revolution 40, Amarillo Venom 31.
In the second half, it looked like the tables were turning as the Amarillo Venom were starting to gain some momentum and the Texas Revolution were starting to have problems as injuries were piling up. But, the Revolution never gave up as the Texas Revolution defeated the Amarillo Venom 60-52.
This victory means that the Texas Revolution are in the postseason yet again. Depending on who wins the Duke City Gladiators-Wichita Force game tomorrow, the Texas Revolution will either play the Amarillo Venom or the Duke City Gladiators.
Congratulations to the Texas Revolution on making the postseason for another year!
By Tonya Swim
Amarillo, Texas-The Quad City Steamwheelers took a 14 hours bus ride down to Amarillo to play against the Venom and try to improve their lot in the Northern Conference.
The Steamwheelers received the ball first. Conner Hollabaugh's kick was taken by Joe Powell
out to their own 24.
EJ Hilliard's first pass of the game was incomplete. A handoff then another incomplete pass brought out Jacob Stytz for an attempted field goal but Hilliard took the snap and ran up to the V20 but was short the first down and the Venom took over on downs.
Time out QC
Nate Davis started the Venom's first possession with a pass to Raymond Johnson Jr. down to the Quad City 8. Then with an eight yard pass to R. Johnson Jr. and the Venom was on the board. Hollabaugh's kick was good and at 11:30 in the first Quad City 0 Amarillo 7.
This was Davis' 42 touchdown pass on the season.
Hollabaugh's kick is a touchback giving Quad City the ball on their own five.
Hilliard ran the ball up to the Quad City 10 bringing up second and five. A handoff and another run put the ball on the Quad City 20 and the first and ten. Hilliard fakes a handoff, but the pass was incomplete thanks to Nashawn Lewis. Hilliard again runs the ball up the right side to the Venom 17 and an incomplete pass will keep them there. Time out, Quad City. Another incomplete pass due in part to great defense by Cashmin Thomas brings up the third and ten, then a 17 yard pass to Tyler Williams in the endzone is a touchdown. The PAT by Stytz is good, the score at 5:31 in the first is Quad City 7 Venom 7.
Stytz kickoff taken by R. Johnson Jr. out to the Venom 13.
Davis' deep pass was knocked away and the handoff to Antonio Bray was a loss of three.
Davis found R. Johnson Jr. to get the ball down to the V21 but was short the first down, however a flag on Quad City's Kewan Alfred gave the Venom the option of taking just the five yards, but a replay of the down, which they took, putting the ball on their own 15 bringing up third and eight. A quick pass to Ricardo Johnson put the ball on the Venom 24 then a fake handoff and quick pitch again to R. Johnson put the ball on the Quad City 15. Another pitch, this time to R. Johnson Jr added five yards then a pitch to Bray added another one bringing up third and four. Davis found R. Johnson Jr. for another touchdown. A flag on the play for illegal defense on Terry Johnson was declined, extra point was good and with 31.4 seconds left in the first, Quad City 7 Amarillo 14.
Quad City starts their next possession on their own 8. Hilliard ended the first quarter with an incomplete pass.Starting the second quarter, Hilliard tossed to Williams but he was bounced back by Terrious Triplett for a loss of one. Time out Quad City. Hilliard ran up the middle, but only gained three because of Lewis bringing up fourth and nine on the Quad City 10 and the field goal team. The 49 yard attempt was no good and the Venom took over midfield due to the ball hitting the pylon.
Davis started out the next play with a pass to Bray for a gain of 5 then a pass to R. Johnson Jr. for a 20 yard pass touchdown. Extra point was blocked. 12:14 in the second quarter, Quad City 7 Venom 20.
Kickoff taken by out by Powell who made it to the Venom 24 before being taken down by Demario Donnell. Hilliard used one play, a 24 yard pass to Quinton Pedroza for a touchdown. Extra point was blocked, 11:46 in the second, Quad City 13 Venom 20.
Stytz kickoff taken by R. Johnson Jr. out to the Venom 13.
Davis used passes to Terrell Smith, Antonio Bray, Xavier Amey and Ricardo Johnson pass to get the ball up to the Quad City 20. A flag for an illegal snap against the Venom backed the ball to midfield and a fourth and eight. Davis ran the ball up to the Quad City seven then used a timeout. Davis found R. Johnson in the endzone. Hollabaugh's kick was good, 7:12 left in the half Quad City 13 Venom 27.
Williams took the next kickoff out to the Venom 20 yard line.
Hilliard handed off to Williams then a pass to Keyvan Rudd for a touchdown. Stytz extra point was no good, 5:50 left in the half, Quad City 19 Venom 27.
Thomas took the next kickoff, but couldn't get past the five, so the Venom start on their own five yard line. Davis found Amey for a 32 yard pickup to the Quad City 13, an incomplete pass then a pass to Bray put the Venom on the Quad City six, then a keeper up to the four bringing up fourth and one. Davis used Bray to get the Quad City two but then fumbled and Quad City took over at their own six yard line.
Hilliard handoff to Williams was stopped by Triplett on the Quad City 24. Hilliard's pass to wide open to Darius Hicks resulted in a touchdown with 57.3 left in the half. Two pt conversion good, but a false start on Quad City Anthony Pruit, backed them to the Venom seven and the replay of the two point conversion. Another flag on the offense, for delay of game, moved them back to the Venom 12. The next two point conversion failed when Hilliard was sacked by Jeff Branch. Quad City 25 Venom 27 with 53.7 seconds in the half.
Stytz kickoff taken by Thomas, but a flag for illegal blocking on the Venom's Smith and a facemask on Quad City's Johnson allowed Stytz to redo the kickoff. This time Thomas took return for a 40 yard kickoff return. The two point conversion failed and with 37 seconds left in the half, Quad City 25 Venom 33.
Hollabaugh's kickoff bounces out of the endzone and Quad City took the ball at their own five yard line.
Hilliard's pass was limited to a two yard gain when Louvan Green came into the play. Then a flag for false start on Rudd put the ball half the distance to the goal on the Quad City three. Hilliard was again sacked by Branch bringing up the third and twelve with 25 seconds to go in the half. Hilliards next pass didn't make it's mark due to coverage by Thomas and the field goal attempt was no good. 14.5 seconds left in the half Quad City 25 Venom 33.
Venom start midfield and Davis passes up to Amey for a 10 yard gain. Next pass went aray then Davis finds R. Johnson Jr. for his forth touchdown tonight. The extra point was good and with 2.9 seconds left in the half, Quad City 25 Venom 40.
Hollabaugh's kickoff is touched at the Quad City five. Hilliard handsoff to Williams to end the half.
The Venom start the next half on their own 13. First with an incomplete pass then two passes to Amey to move the ball up to the Quad City 10. The next play had Davis rushing to throw, as he chunks it out of the back of the endzone, but then he found R. Johnson Jr. and tallied Johnson Jr.'s fifth touchdown of the night. Hollabaugh added a point and at 11:21 in the third, Quad City 25 Venom 47.
Hollabaugh's kickoff taken by Johnson up to the Venom 24. Quad Cities first possession of the half started with a false start, moving the ball back to the Quad City 21, but Hilliard ran the next play and got a 16 yard gain and first and ten. Hilliard tried to run again, but was stopped by Desmond Raiford for a loss of one then and incomplete pass brought up the third and 11.
Hilliard pitched to Williams who got to the Venom six and the first and goal but Hilliard ran into Jer'yl Christion and Donnell for a huge 4th down stop with 7:28 left in the third.
Venom take possession of the ball on their own 5 and start with a false start moving the ball back half the distance to the goal on the Venom two. A pass up to R. Johnson got them to the 10. Davis had an incomplete pass before finding Amey for a deep catch on the Quad City nine. A toss to Bray was knocked out of bounds at the Quad City four and Davis was scrambling to get rid of the ball again starting the incompletion of three passes resulting in a turnover on down at the Quad City five.
Quad City again started off with a false start backing them up half the distance to the goal on their own two. A handoff to Williams drew the personal foul on the Venom when he was tossed into the Venom bench giving Quad City 15 much needed yards and the first and ten. A pass to Rudd put them on the Venom 11 then a keeper a gain of two. Hilliard fakes a pitch completing the pass for a touchdown, but and illegal formation negated the touchdown and backed Quad City up to the Venom 14. Time out, Venom.
Hilliard passed to Rudd for a touchdown and a two point conversion was completed by pitching to Williams then a pass to Pedroza in the endzone. 1.8 seconds left in the third, Quad City 33 Venom 47.
Stytz onsides kick picked up by Venom's R. Johnson and the Venom start on the Quad City 14 to start the fourth quarter.
Davis' handoff to Bray lost two yards, but a pass to R. Johnson got the ball up to the Quad City five bringing up the third and one. Davis' handoff lost one yard then Quad City called a time out. Davis handed off to Branch for the first and 10 then a run for a no gain. An incomplete pass and a pass interference call in the endzone against Powell automatically place the ball on the two yard line. Davis pitched to Christian getting up to the half yard, then tried a keeper and was pushed back, but a flag placed the ball on the quarter hash. Davis' pitch to Bray lost three yards, then Davis was flushed out and ran up to the one yard line bringing up third and goal. Davis handed off to R. Johnson Jr. and he ran it in or the touchdown. Hollabaugh's extra point was good and with 9:04 left in the game, Quad City 33 Venom 54.
Hollabaugh's kick taken by Powell out to the Venom 22 and stopped by Richard Mitchell. Hilliard's first pass was intercepted by Thomas and the Venom get the ball back on the Quad City five.
Davis' pass was incomplete bringing up second and ten. A pass to Amey, then R. Johnson put the ball on the Venom 20. Davis then found Smith with a pass for a touchdown. Hollabaugh added the one and with 6:52 left in the game, Quad City 33 Venom 61.
The kickoff goes out of bounds giving Quad City the ball on their own five.
Hilliard found Tyler Jones to complete a pass to the Quad City 13 then found Darius Hicks to bring up the first and 10 on the Quad City 19. Hilliard's next pass was incomplete then a delay of game moved them back five yards. Another incomplete pass was negated by the pass interference call on Triplett giving Quad City 15 yards. Hilliard passed to Jones then scrambles into the endzone for a touchdown. Flags on the play was offsides on Raiford and the touchdown stands. A two point conversion pass to Rudd was good and with 2:37 left in the game, Quad City 41 Venom 61.
Statz kicked off but the Venom called a timeout. The onside kick was recovered by Lewis and the Venom start on the Quad City nine.
Davis' pass was incomplete then a handoff to Bray was a loss of two. Davis' connected again with R. Johnson Jr. for Johnson's sixth touchdown on the night and Hollabaugh's PAT was good. 1:58 left in the game and Quad City 41 Venom 68.
Kickoff was taken by Powell for a 41 yard kickoff return. Two point conversion was good and with 59.8 seconds left in the game, Quad City 49 Venom 68.
The next onsides kick was marred by the flag against the kicking team and the Venom started first and 10 on the Quad City four yard line.
Davis handed off to Bray for a three yard gain, but fumbled the next play and Quad City recovered on their own five.
Hilliard passed to Rudd then tried to run up the middle, but was pushed back by Branch and Green for a two yard loss. Time out, Quad City. A pass to Hicks added six more to the board, but the two point conversion failed. 10 seconds left in the game, Quad City 55 Venom 68.
Statz with the onsides kick recovered by Amey at the Quad City 18.
Davis hands off to Bray then the game buzzer sounds.
Final Score Quad City 55 Venom 68.
Cashmin Thomas had an interception and a kickoff return this game. Did that help him boost his confidence going into the playoff run? “No, it didn't. Every time you walk on the field you are supposed to have confidence. Mom always told me to stay ready so you don't have to get ready.”
The Venom improve to 8-3, but are tied with two Northern teams.
The Venom travel for their last regular season game to Frisco, Texas Saturday. Game begins at 7pm and can be viewed on Pluto tv.
By Tonya Swim
The Amarillo Venom (8-3) will be traveling to Frisco, Texas to play the Texas Revolution (4-7) Saturday night.
The Venom are coming off of a win against the Quad City Steamwheelers while the Revolution is coming off of a shutout loss against the Duke City Gladiators.
The last match up between these two teams saw a plethora of penalties on both sides but the Revolution came out on top.
When asked, Venom player defensive end, Steven Fluker stated “We are going to practice hard, focus, have good energy, study the teams past games and just be mentally and physically prepared to go through this team to play for this ring!”
Amarillo has already clinched the number two seed in the South and first round home field advantage on June 18th.
Texas, however, needs a lot of help. Texas can clinch the number three seed in the south with a win and a Wichita loss. With only a win, the Revs can clinch a wild card berth.
The game will start at 7pm at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas and can be viewed on Pluto TV.