The Amarillo Venom advanced to the Champions Indoor Football Legue Semi-Final game with a convincing 98-56 win over the Dodge City Law. The Venom will now travel to Allen, to play the Texas Revoloution Saturday night at 7:05. The winner will play the winner of Bloomington-Wichita. With the win the Venom improve to 9-4 and will be playing in the CIF semi-final game for the 2nd time in two years. Fans in Amarillo can watch the game live on Eversport.
With a home playoff game on the line, the Amarillo Venom overcame a sluggish start and scored 31 unanswered points in the second half, downing the Dodge City Law 52-35 on Saturday night at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Cal Farley Coliseum.
Trailing 35-21 with eight minutes left in the third quarter, the Venom went on a 31-0 scoring run to secure the second seed in the CIF Southern Division. The victory also guaranteed the Venom’s first home playoff contest since the 2013 Lone Star Football League championship game.
“It doesn’t matter how you start the game, it’s how you finish,” said Venom coach Julian Reese. “We were proud of the guys and how they finished the game. We were challenged coming right out of the gate, but we bounced back. It’s all about getting better with each quarter and each play, and that’s what we did in scoring those 31 points.”
Down by 14 points in the middle of the third period, the Venom (8-4) began their run, which saw quarterback Nate Davis fire a 14-yard touchdown pass to veteran wide receiver Raymond Johnson Jr.
Following a successful onside kick by Randall grad and kicker Jacob Felton, Davis culminated the four-play drive with one-yard touchdown run at the 2:16 mark to even the game at 35 points apiece.
The Law (8-4) attempted to retake the lead, as quarterback Derrick Bernard fended off Venom defensive end Desmond Raiford and linebacker Gary Saylor and threw a downfield pass. However, defensive back Jevin Colbert intercepted the throw, swinging the game’s momentum heavily into Amarillo’s favor.
“All week in practice, Coach has been giving us scramble drills,” Colbert said. “We were facing a running quarterback, so if he gets to running in the backfield, still find your receiver and play pass first. I just listened to my coach, stuck to my key and came up with the pick.”
After a Davis pass to a diving wide receiver/defensive back Julian Walker for the go-ahead score, Felton tabbed another successful onside kick to put the ball back in Venom hands. A 20-yard field goal by Felton, a Venom defensive stop on fourth down and a two-yard touchdown run by fullback Wyreaz Bradley sealed the Amarillo victory.
“It all started with last year,” said Bradley, who rushed for 27 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. “When I decided to come back here, I came back for a reason: I wanted a ring. So I want to do whatever it takes, put the team on my back and lead us to the championship.”
While Davis went 14-of-26 with three touchdowns and one interception, Johnson Jr. and Walker led the Venom receiver corps with nine combined catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, defensive back Jemichael Williams led the team with eight total tackles, as Raiford and defensive lineman Justin Williams each tallied a sack.
Dodge City was led by Bernard and running back Dominique Carson, who racked up a combined 157 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Defensive back Kory Stamps, who played for the Venom earlier this season, captured an interception for the Law.
The Venom will host the Dodge City Law once more at 7:05 p.m. next Saturday at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Cal Farley Coliseum.
Venom 52, Law 35
Dodge City 6 15 14 0 — 35
Amarillo 0 21 14 17 — 52
DCL— Dominique Carson 4 run (conversion failed)
AMA— Wyreaz Bradley 2 run (Jacob Felton kick)
DCL— Derrick Bernard 4 run (Carson 2 pass from Bernard)
AMA— Davis 3 run (Felton kick)
DCL— Brandon Venson 38 pass from Bernard (Jared Wood kick)
AMA— Julian Walker 15 pass from Davis (Felton kick)
DCL— Carson 38 run (Wood kick)
DCL— Bernard 18 run (Wood kick)
AMA— Raymond Johnson Jr. 6 pass from Davis (Felton kick)
AMA— Davis 1 run (Felton kick)
AMA— Walker 4 pass from Davis (Felton kick)
AMA—Felton 20 field goal
AMA—Johnson Jr. 16 pass from Davis (Felton kick)
AMA— Bradley 2 run (Felton kick)
Dodge City Amarillo
First downs 16 22
Rushes-Yards 21-159 27-73
Passing-Yards 20-89 26-154
Total Yards 43-248 53-227
Comp-Att-Int 9-20-1 14-26-1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 16-108 8-70
Dodge City: Derrick Bernard 11-84; Dominique Carson 9-73; Brandon Venson 1-2. Amarillo: Wyreaz Bradley 10-27; Leonard Dixon Jr.6-24; Nate Davis 9-17; Raymond Johnson Jr. 2-5.
Dodge City: Bernard 9-20-1-89. Amarillo: Davis 14-26-1-154.
Dodge City: Ricardo Johnson 4-29; Carson 3-31; Venson 2-39. Amarillo: Johnson Jr. 6-65; Julian Walker 3-49; Tommy Curry 3-15; Bradley 2-25.
With the 52-35 victory over Dodge City, the Amarillo Venom have clinched a home playoff game to be held June 11. The Venom will face familiar opponent Dodge City. The winner will travel to Allen to face the Texas Revolution. For tickets visit panhandletickets.com or 806-350-PASS.
From Albq Journal:
The Amarillo Venom eliminated the Duke City Gladiators from Champions Indoor Football postseason contention Saturday night with a 69-46 victory at Tingley Coliseum.
The Gladiators (5-6) led 34-28 early in the third period before being outscored 41-12 the rest of the way. QB Nate Davis led Amarillo (7-4) with six TD passes and no interceptions. Raymond Johnson had four of those scoring receptions.
Helping to foil Duke City was that it was called for 19 penalties totaling 156 yards.
With one week left in the regular season, Amarillo holds a two-game lead over Duke City for the final playoff berth in the CIF’s Southern Division.
The win was the second in three weeks by the Venom over Duke City.