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