Venom face toughest rival in South title game

By Matt Watkins

 

For Amarillo Globe-News

The Amarillo Venom are hosting the Champions Indoor Football League South Division Championship game for the first time in franchise history when they face rival Texas at 7:05 p.m. tonigth at the Amarillo Civic Center Cal Farley’s Coliseum.

Amarillo (10-3) will face a Revolutions team that was ableto hand the Venom their lone home loss this season, 68-61 on May 13.

Texas (8-5) also took the season series from Amarillo, winning two of the three meetings.

“They came here and beat us at home the last time we played,” Reese said. “It’s leaves a bad taste in your mouth and we can’t wait to get back on the field against them.”

The fourth meeting between the two teams will be a rematch of sorts after the Venom eliminated the Revolution in the semifinals last year.

“Last year, we went down there and they hadn’t lost at home,” Venom head coach Julian Reese said. “We went down there and handed them their first loss after everyone counted us out last year.”

The Amarillo defense shut down Duke City in last week’s semfinal win, however, will need that kind of effort against a potent Texas offense.

Revolution quarterback Chris Dixon (2,382 yard with 56 touchdowns) is one of the top quarterbacks in the CIF. Add Dixon’s ability with big play wide receivers Chris Solomon and Joe West with former Auburn running back Michael Dyer and it’s a Texas offense scoring 60.5 points a game.

Offensively, the Venom counter with a great quarterback of their own in Nate Davis. Davis has thrown for 2,625 yards with 57 TDs. Davis’ favorite target Cedric Gilbert has given defenders fits hauling in 54 catches for 771 yards with 17 touchdowns.

“The most important thing is sticking to our game plan,” Reese said. “We don’t want to get too fancy, we just want to stick to the script for this week, because something’s going to happen in the game and it’s all about our response. We don’t want to get too excited, we’ve got just to take it step by step.”

A Venom victory means a trip back to the Champions Bowl for the second time in as many years.

If Amarillo beats Texas they’d play against the North Division champion Omaha Beef on Monday, June 26. Omaha stunned top-seed Sioux City 55-45 Saturday night.

The game: Texas Revolution (8-5) at Amarillo Venom (10-3), in a Champions Indoor South Division championship game at 7:05 p.m. tonight at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Cal Farley Coliseum.

Noteworthy: Texas won two of the three meetings against Amarillo this season.

Admission: Tickets start at $10.

CIF Playoff Bracket

North Division Championship

Omaha 55, Sioux City 45

Monday’s South Division Championship

Texas (8-5) at Amarillo (10-3), 7:05 p.m.

Champions Bowl

Omaha (9-5) vs. Texas-Amarillo winner, 7:05 p.m. June 26

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