Venom Roll Over Duke City

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017


For Amarillo Globe-News

Since their embarrassing road loss to San Angelo a few weeks back, the Amarillo Venom defense has improved with each passing week.

The improved defense played a major part of the Venom’s 48-27 victory over the Duke City Gladiators in a Champions Indoor Football regular season matchup on Saturday night at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Cal Farley Coliseum.

The Venom defense, which was statistically toward the bottom of the CIF, recorded three critical defensive stops and three turnovers in front of a home crowd of 2,570 fans.

“We challenged the defense to be consistent,” Venom coach Julian Reese said. “They played really well last week in the fourth quarter, and we wanted it to carry over this week. They stepped up and played pretty big, so I’m really excited at what they’ve done.”

In a back-and-forth matchup that saw the Venom make a crucial goal line stand to hold on to a slim 24-21 lead going halftime. The defense continued to come through in the second half, limiting the Gladiators to just six points.

Earlier in the game, defensive back Leroy Trahan took advantage of a Duke City miscue with an interception at the 6:21 mark in the first quarter.

“I was just in my zone coverage and it seemed like the receiver ran the wrong route,” Trahan said of his big play. “The quarterback threw the opposite way. Since I was over there already, I seen it up in the air and told myself to go get it. When I caught it, I tripped and fell though.”

Along with Trahan, defensive backs Jevin Colbert and Ronnie Goforth contributed to the victory, with a fumble recovery and a late interception respectively.

The Venom’s 17-point fourth quarter burst was helped in large part by running back Leonard Dixon Jr., who ran for 64 yards on 11 carries.

“Leonard is a running back,” Reese said of the Union College product. “He has a quick first step and a cut back that’s like no other. We’re excited to give him the ball each and every time.”

Duke City was led by wide receiver Dello Davis, who churned out 60 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. Running back Emmanuel McPhearson gained 11 yards and three touchdowns on six carries.

With the victory, Amarillo improved to 6-3 with command over second place in CIF Southern Division, while Duke City falls to 5-5 for far in the 2016 season.

The Venom will host the Wichita Force in the final game of their three-game home stretch, starting at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Cal Farley Coliseum.

Venom 48, Gladiators 27

San Angelo 7 14 6 0 — 27

Amarillo10 14 7 1 7 — 48


DCG— Emmanuel McPhearson 1 run (Cody Nuzzo kick)

AMA— Nate Davis 2 run (Jacob Felton kick)

AMA— Felton 16 field goal


DCG— McPhearson 2 run (Nuzzo kick)

AMA— Julian Walker 15 pass from Davis (Felton kick)

DCG— McPhearson 5 run (Nuzzo kick)

AMA— Davis 2 run (Felton kick)


AMA— Tommy Curry 30 pass from Davis (Felton kick)

DCG— Dello Davis 3 pass from Taylor Genuser (conversion failed)


AMA— Felton 17 field goal

AMA— Raymond Johnson Jr. 20 pass from Davis (Felton kick)

AMA— Cameron Edwards 3 pass from Davis (Felton)

Duke City Amarillo

First downs 15 23

Rushes-Yards 9-23 25-120

Passing-Yards 158 202

Total Yards 40-181 56-322

Comp-Att-Int 22-42-2 18-28-2

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-YardS 13-82 8-40

Individual statistics


Duke City: Landrick Brody 3-12; Emmanuel McPhearson 6-11. Amarillo: Leonard Dixon Jr. 11-64; Wyreaz Bradley 9-30; Nate Davis 4-23; Raymond Johnson Jr. 1-3.


Duke City: Taylor Genuser 21-31-2-158. Amarillo: Davis 18-28-1-208


Duke City: Dello Davis 8-60; Damien Clark 7-41; Terrance Compton 2-19; Sedrick Johnson 2-13; Brock Ringo 1-18; McPhearson 1-7. Amarillo: Johnson Jr. 6-82; Tommy Curry 6-73; Julian Walker 4-40; Kent McDonald 1-10; Cameron Edwards 1-3.

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