By Matt Watkins
For Amarillo Globe-News
The Amarillo Venom offense rolled to a league-high 94 points against the Centex Calvary on Saturday at the Amarillo Civic Center Cal Farley’s Coliseum.
Amarillo (6-0) scored on each of its possessions in the 94-63 rout until time expired on their final drive of the game.
“We left a couple things on the field,” Venom head coach Julian Reese said. “We had to fight to get to 100. We were just trying to get to a goal that they set and fell a little short.”
Venom quarterback Nate Davis set two new season-highs for himself this week, throwing for 258 yards and nine touchdowns. Davis’ previous high was seven touchdowns last week, earning him Champions Indoor Football League offensive player of the week honors.
“He’s really starting to get a feel for the offense,” Reese noted. “We’re letting him make the calls and I just make sure it’s in the realm of what we do and he’s doing a great job at it.”
Davis also threw touchdowns to five different receivers, with Cedric Gilbert hauling in three for the second consecutive week. Overall, Gilbert caught eight passes for 82 yards to lead the team.
Amarillo also showed a more balanced attack, compiling 87 rushing yards as a team. Jah’son Patterson led the way with 55 yards on five carries, while Jer’Yl Christian tallied 13 yards on four touches and two scores.
The Venom defense also had a big night, forcing three turnovers that allowed Amarillo to pull away late. They were able to recover one fumble and picked off Calvary (0-7) quarterback Daron Ellis twice, including Kiwaski Tenner’s 18-yard pick-six that capped off the Venom’s scoring.
“We still have to clean it up a little,” said Reese. “We’re still giving up too many points. We can’t keep coming out having shootouts every week.”
Amarillo now stands as the lone undefeated team in the CIF after Sioux City (6-1) fell 76-35 to the West Michigan Ironmen (3-4). The Venom still hold a half-game lead over Dodge City (6-1) in the South Division.
Next up for the Venom will be a rematch from last week’s 70-63 win over the Texas Revolution (4-2) on Apr. 30 at 3:05 p.m. at the Allen Events Center in Allen.
Amarillo 94, Centex 63
Centex 19 15 13 16 — 63
Amarillo 21 29 21 24 — 94
A —Cedric Gilbert 10 pass from Nate Davis (Jacob Felton kick), 12:27
C —Daron Ellis 2 run (conversion failed), 6:57
A —Jer’Yl Christian 1 run (Felton kick), 4:51
C —Allen Daniels 15 pass from Ellis (Ryan Corry), 3:39
A —DeAndre Perry 20 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 2:15
C —Derrick Santee 45 pass from Ellis (conversion failed), 0:59
A —Gilbert 5 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 10:20
C —Corry 23 FG, 8:10
A —Alex Watson 28 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 5:47
C —Santee 45 from Romance Taylor (conversion failed), 4:25
A —Gilbert 40 pass from Davis (Christian pass from Davis), 3:23
C —Taylor 22 run (conversion failed), 0:48
A —Jordan DeCorte 3 pass from Davis (Davis run), 0:38
A —Perry 3 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 13:55
C —Santee 10 pass from Ellis (conversion failed), 10:08
A —Christian 3 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 7:21
C —Lache Seastrunk 2 run (Corry kick), 2:11
A —DeCorte 6 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 0:00
C —Daniels 40 pass from Ellis (Seastrunk run), 14:20
A — Team safety, 8:38
A —Jah’son Patterson 3 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 7:27
A —Christian 3 run (Felton), 3:18
A —Aiwaski Tenner 8 interception return (conversion failed), 2:37
C —Seastrunk 2 run (Taylor run), 0:28
First downs 18 25
Rushing Yards 51 87
Passing Yards 234 258
Total Yards 285 345
C-A-I 13-18-2 27-45-1
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 9-56 4-30
PASSING — Centex: Ellis 11-16-166-2. Taylor 2-2-68. Amarillo: Davis 27-45-258-1.
RUSHING — Centex: William 9-23. Seastrunk 10-14. Taylor 5-8. Amarillo: Patterson 5-55. Davis 3-19. Christian 4-13.
RECEIVING — Centex: Daniels 4-106. Santee 4-71. Mathis 4-55. Amarillo: Gilbert 8-82. Watson 6-71. Perry 8-70.
By Matt Watkins
For Amarillo Globe-News
The Amarillo Venom were able to improve on their historic start to the season with a 70-63 win over the Texas Revolution Thursday at the Allen Events Center.
Amarillo is now not only 5-0 for the first time ever, but it also now has sole possession of first place of the Champions Indoor Football League’s South Division.
Both teams traded scores throughout the first half, going into the break tied 28-28. The Revolution (4-1) were able to take advantage of a rogue point from Frankie Solomon to take a 43-42 lead into the fourth quarter.
That would be Texas’ last lead, as the Venom outscored the Revolution 26-6, capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Nate Davis to Cedric Gilbert to make it 63-48 with 3:36 to play. Texas would score twice more, but it wouldn’t be enough to keep Amarillo from its fifth consecutive win.
Davis threw for an impressive seven touchdowns on 18-of-28 passing with 188 yards, also running for one score. Gilbert was the Venom’s leading receiver, catching eight passes for 112 yards and three scores.
Alex Watson also caught three touchdowns on five receptions for 54 yards. Jah’son Patterson had a team season-high rushing total, going for 70 yards on 13 attempts with two touchdowns.
Amarillo 70, Texas 63
T-Joe Adams 30 pass from Chris Dixon (Adam Peden kick), 13:42
A-Alex Watson 5 pass from Nate Davis (Jacob Felton kick), 04:40
T-Michael Dyer 33 pass from Dixon (Peden kick), 02:52
A-Alex Watson 12 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 14:56
A-Davis 1 run (Felton kick), 07:02
T-Clinton Solomon 7 pass from Dixon (Peden kick), 03:12
A-Jah’son Patterson 4 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 0:19
T-Adams 15 pass from Dixon (Peden kick), 0:08
A-Cedric Gilbert 36 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 13:48
T-Adams 3 pass from Dixon (Peden kick), 9:23
A-Watson 18 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 8:23
T-Solomon 14 pass from Dixon (Peden kick), 00:10
T-Frankie Solomon rouge point, 0:00
A-Gilbert 7 pass from Davis (conversion failed), 9:36
A-Watson 1 run (two-point conversion), 9:07
A-Unknown 7 run (conversion failed), 7:54
A-Gilbert 11 pass from Davis (Felton kick), 3:36
T-Dixon 2 run (Peden kick), 1:58
A-Patterson 15 run (Felton kick), 1:15
T-Brett Reece 15 pass from Dixon (Peden kick), 0:46
VENOM QUARTERBACK NAMED CIF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amarillo, TX – The Champions Indoor Football League released its Players of the Week list today for week 8 and Amarillo Venom Quarterback was named among the honors.
Amarillo Venom Veteran, Quarterback Nate Davis was named as Offensive Player of the Week. He had 7 Touchdowns, 1 Touchdown Run for an impressive 188 total yards of passing. Coach Julian Reese echoed praises, “Nate has had some great games and has been a huge leader this season,“ Owner Stephanie Tucker said, “It has been fun to watch Nate actually enjoy playing this season and working with the rookie players.”
Amarillo plays the Centex Calvary this Saturday, April 22nd with gates opening at 6pm. This Saturday’s game is SUPERHERO GAME highlighting our “TRUE” Superheroes aka First Responders and Dispatchers. The Amarillo Venom along with Leslie Massey Farmer Insurance and Potter – Randall 9-1-1 want to say thank you by offering all first responders and dispatchers FREE TICKETS. Contact the Venom office at (806) 350-7277 or visit any Panhandle Ticket outlets or the Civic Center Box office.
For addition information, please contact Stephanie Tucker via the information at the top of this release.
Discounted Venom Tickets to Celebrate
Amarillo, TX –Ledford & Associates, PLLC, along with the Undefeated Amarillo Venom Football team, wants to offer you a fun affordable way to enjoy a night of fun after your stressful tax season.
The first 1000 fans to call the Venom office at (806) 350-7277 or order your tickets through Panhandle Tickets or Civic Center Box office will receive a ticket for only $5 for the next home Amarillo Venom game on Saturday, April 22nd at 7pm. These tickets will be on a first come first serve basis. The tickets will be seated in the corners and endzones while they last. This price excludes any fees.
“After meeting owners Toby and Stephanie, they invited us to our first game. It was a blast. I was able to bring my niece and nephew and share in the fun. Now we do not miss a game, and love the fun atmosphere,” expresses Hillary Badrow, partner of Ledford & Associates. “Last year was our first year to host a client appreciation night at the game and people are excited to go back.”
Remember, April 22nd is a special game for more reasons than just the discounted tickets prices. It is our Super Hero night where all first responders, medical, and dispatchers get a FREE Venom ticket courtesy of Leslie Massey Farmers Insurance and Potter – Randall 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District.
Ledford & Associates have been partners for the Venom for a few years, but their accountants for more. If you would like more information about how you can have professional tax help you can contact them at (806) 374-3828 or stop by at 2801 Paramount Blvd.
For further questions regarding the Venom, please contact our office at 806-350-7277.
TheAMARILLO VENOM is a proud member of Champions Indoor Football League.