The Revolution came back around again.

And it knocked off the Amarillo Venom — again.

For the second straight season, the Venom hosted the Texas Revolution in a Champions Indoor Football South division championship game at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Cal Farley Coliseum on Monday night. It had the same outcome as that game, and for five of the previous seven meetings between the two squads, as the Revolution won 56-45 to advance in the playoffs.

The Venom finished the season 8-5, and had to wonder what kind of hold the Revolution (6-7) had on them. Amarillo has lost six of the last eight games against the Revolution, including a 60-52 loss at Frisco nine days earlier to end the regular season.

"There's no mental edge, it's just turnovers," Venom coach Julian Reese said in assessing his team's losses to its most recent foe. "We've got to take care of the ball."

The Venom were consistent offensively in the first half and made a couple of stops defensively, which is why they held on to a 30-27 advantage at halftime.

The teams exchanged touchdowns on their first couple of posessions and were tied 13-13 early in the second quarter. After a drive stalled, the Venom's Jacob Felton connected on a 35-yard field goal for a 16-13 lead, before two plays later Andrew Jackson hit Joe Adams with a 45-yard scoring pass to give the Revolution their only lead of the first half, 20-16.

But the Venom reclaimed control with touchdowns on their next two possessions, as quarterback Nate Davis showed why he's such a consummate playmaker. He flipped a backhanded scoring pass to Raymond Johnson from 6 yards out, then connected with Xavier Amey on a 22-yard scoring pass to give the Venom a 30-20 lead, their biggest of the game.

There was little offensive magic in the second half, though. The Venom didn't make their initial first down of the half until the final play of the third quarter, with the game tied 33-33.

"We just got away from what we learned to do," Reese said. "We were getting away from what we prepared to do for this game. When things go bad you can't point fingers."

The Venom turned the ball over on downs at their own 24-yard line, and three plays later, the Revolution took the lead for good on a 19-yard scoring run by Jordon Brown to make it 40-33. Brown was a big difference in the game, as he ran for 80 yards and four touchdowns, while the Venom, by contrast, ran for only seven yards.

It was symptomatic that after they scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Venom couldn't tie it because of botched extra points. The first one, after Davis hit Alex Watson on a 22-yard score,w as due to a high center snap that resulted in the ball not being kicked, and the next one, after a 2-yard run by Davis, was blocked, leaving the score 46-45.

In between, the Revolution's Frankie Solomon returned an onside kick 15 yards for a score, summing up the Venom's luck against the Revolution.

"We played a great game defensively but our kicking game at times let us down," Reese said. "We made a few mistakes and that's the story of our life this year."

After the Davis scoring run, the Revolution answered on a 15-yard run by Brown, who also ran in for a two-point conversion to make it 54-45. The Venom took over at their 4 on the ensuing kickoff, but a low snap got away from Davis and hit the back wall, resulting in a safety to make it 56-45.

There was one last chance in the final minutes when the Venom had the ball at the Revolution 1, but another bad snap got away, and the Revolution recovered and was able to run out the clock.

"We're playing at home so we're supposed to win, but (the Revolution) came out and payed a better game than us," Davis said. "Now it's back to our regular jobs."


Texas 56, Amarillo 45



First Quarter

A—Alex Watson 3 pass from Nate Davis (Jacob Felton kick)

T—Jordon Brown 11 run (Brad Dunavant kick)

A—Jah'son Patterson 3 run (kick failed)

Second Quarter

T—Clinton Solomon 18 pass from Andrew Jackson (kick failed)

A—Felton FG 35

T—Joe Adams 45 pass from Andrew Jackson (Dunavant kick)

A—Raymond Johnson 6 pass from Davis (Felton kick)

A—Xavier Amey 22 pass from Davis (Felton kick)

T—LaDon Hudson 13 pass from Andrew Jacksin

Third Quarter

T—Brown 3 run (kick failed)

A—Felton FG 29

Fourth Quarter

T—Brown 19 run (Dunavant kick)

A—Watson 22 pass from Davis (kick failed)

T—Frankie Solomon 15 kickoff return (run failed)

A—Davis 2 run (kick blocked)

T—Brown 15 run (Brown run)

T—Team safety


First Downs;15;13

Rushing Yards;80;7

Passing Yards;161;176

Total Yards;241;183




Individual Stats

RUSHING—Texas: Brown 19-80, Jackson 3-0. Amarillo: Patterson 9-27, Davis 4-(-20).

PASSING—Texas: Jackson 11-30-2-161. Amarillo: Davis 14-31-1-176.

RECEIVING—Texas: C. Solomon 4-64, Adams 1-45, Hudson 3-30, Brett Reese 1-11, Tavarres Williams 1-8. Brown 1-3, . Amarillo: Amey 7-94, Johnson 5-56, Watson 2-26.