Venom handle Centex, regain first place in CIF South Division

By Matt Watkins

 

For Amarillo Globe-News

The Amarillo Venom bounced back from their second loss with a much needed 60-26 win over Centex at the Bell County Expo Center on Friday night.

The Venom also got some help from Duke City, which defeated the Texas Revolution (7-3) 35-28.

That puts Amarillo (8-2 overall) back in atop first place in the Champions Indoor Football South Division with two games remaining. The winner of the division at the end of the season receives a first round bye in the CIF playoffs, and home field advantage.

The game was back and forth in the first half, with the two teams trading scores. Right before the half, Amarillo scored was able to score on consecutive touchdowns for the first time of the game on one scoring toss from backup quarterback Jack Tomlinson and the only pass from starter Nate Davis in the game, to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.

Davis was given the game off as a chance to rest a nagging shoulder injury heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

In the second half, the Venom made it 21-unanswered with a 25 yard scoring strike from Tomlinson to DeAndre Perry on the first drive of the third quarter to make it 38-20 with 11:30 left in the frame. Centex (0-10) finally answered with a 15 yard pass from Daron Ellis to Donovan Rasberry to cut Amarillo’s lead to 38-26 with 6:09 to play in the third.

However, the Venom would once again establish control of the game with a two-yard keeper from Tomlinson to extend the lead to 45-26 just 1:09 before the final quarter. After a stopping the Calvary on fourth down on the ensuing drive, Amarillo got touchdown pass from Tomlinson to Perry with 8:05 remaining to push the lead to 53-26 after a two-point conversion.

The game was officially sealed on a 27 yard rush by Ryan Goforth with 38 seconds on the clock.

Tomlinson finished the game an impressive 13-of-21 for 129 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball six times for 40 yards and one score.

Perry led the Venom receivers with five catches for 83 yards and three touchdowns. In his second game back from an MCL injury back in the fourth game, Raymond Johnson caught seven passes for 49 yards and his first touchdown since returning.

Amarillo will continue its only two game road trip next week when they play against Duke City at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M. at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday.

Amarillo 10 21 14 15 —60

Centex 13 7 6 0 —26

FIRST QUARTER

A —Jer’Yl Christian 1 run (Jacob Felton kick), 13:30

C —Daron Ellis 2 run (Ryan Corry kick), 8:10

A —Felton 24 FG, 1:35

SECOND QUARTER

C —Lache Seastrunk 8 pass from Ellis (conversion failed), 11:27

A —DeAndre Perry 30 pass from Jack Tomlinson (Felton kick), 8:19

C —Ellis 1 run (Corry kick), 3:59

A —Unknown 14 pass from Tomlinson (Felton kick), 0:36

A —Raymond Johnson 12 pass from Nate Davis (Felton kick), 0:01

THIRD QUARTER

A —Perry 25 pass from Tomlinson (Felton kick), 11:30

C —Donovan Rasberry 15 pass from Ellis (conversion failed), 6:09

A —Tomlinson 2 run (Felton kick), 1:09

FOURTH QUARTER

A — Perry 15 pass from Tomlinson (Cedric Gilbert rush), 8:05

A —Ryan Goforth 27 run (Felton kick), 0:38

Amarillo Centex

First Downs 17 12

Rushing yards 119 11

Passing yards 141 129

Total yards 260 140

C-A-I 14-22-1 11-27-1

Penalties-Yards 3-15 4-59

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

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