CenTex Cavs open against talented Revolution squad, fall 69-21
By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
There was an air of expectation at the Bell County Expo Center, with indoor football returning to Belton. Many in attendance had never seen indoor football and for some, it conjured up memories of the Indoor Football League, Arena Football League, and arena football 2 League. It was a night of celebration.
Unfortunately for the CenTex Cavalry, the Texas Revolution were the ones doing the majority of the celebrating.
The Allen-based Revolution scored three touchdowns on its first nine offensive plays and cruised to a 69-21 win over the Cavalry on Bush’s Chicken Field.
The loss dropped the Cavalry to 0-2 with a trip to Albuquerque, NM coming up on Saturday to take on the City Gladiators.
The Cavalry struggled in all facets of the game and the opportunistic Revolution didn’t hesitate in taking advantage.
Newly acquired quarterback Chris Dixon, who is a six-time Champions Indoor Football League MVP and five-time league champion, was 9-of-13 passing for 152 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. His first half performance included touchdown throws of 28 and 45 yards to former Arkansas, Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans wide receiver Joe Adams, along with a 27-yarder strike to former Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Bear wide receiver Clinton Solomon, as Texas built a 34-7 advantage by intermission. Dixon finished the night 17-of-25 for 243 yards and six touchdowns.
Former Bryant University and running back Jordan Brown added a 45-yard touchdown run, while Auburn and Oakland Raider running back Michael Dyer had a 36-yard touchdown run for the Revolution, who picked up their first win of the season.
Former Southwestern and new Cavalry quarterback Bryan Hicks, who replaced released quarterback Deron Ellis after their 55-37 season-opening loss to the Dallas Marshals on March 4, got off to an 0-of-6 start, was 5-of-17 for just 35 yards by halftime and finished 13-of-39 for 133 yards and three scores.
“We have a bunch of guys from a bunch of different backgrounds that just started working together. We’re just kind of getting it going right now,” said Hicks, who had TD throws of eight yards to Darren Mathis, 28 yards to former Winston Salem State wide receiver Donovan Rasberry and 32 yards to former University of Laverne (CA) wide receiver/defensive back Allen Daniels. “It’s a work in progress but we’re going to get better.”
Hicks acknowledged that the Revolution has been together for nearly five years and his Cavalry team has been together for just a few weeks.
“Of course it’s no fun to lose by this score, but they have a bunch of guys that have been playing together for five years. We’re a bunch of throw-together guys that are just now putting it together.”
CenTex managed only eight first downs and didn’t surpass the 100-yard mark until the final minutes through the fourth quarter. Overall, the Cavalry picked up 138 yards in the game.
But when it comes down to football, no matter what league, venue or rules, timing is absolutely everything.
“It’s a matter of timing, getting rid of the ball. In the first game, we had receivers wide open and just didn’t give them a chance. In this game, it was kind of the same thing,” CenTex coach Michael Finney said. “It’s Hicks’ first year, and he’s coming along. People have to believe from the bottom all the way to the top.”
The Revolution, who are one of the more successful franchises in the CIF, moved the ball at will against the CenTex defense most of the night. They scored 10 touchdowns, but were only stopped on three drives, The Revolution totaled 339 yards, and the Cavalry had two field goal attempts blocked.
The game also marked the home debut of former Belton Tiger and Sam Houston State Bearcat Donavan Williams and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor defensive back Eric Allen.
Duke City awaits the Cavalry arrival on Saturday night before CenTex comes back home for another crack at the Revolution on Bush’s Chicken Field at the Bell County Expo Center on Saturday night, April 1.
“We’ll get back to work and make changes and all of that stuff along the way,” Finney said. “With the support of our organization, there’s going to be some changes that go along with it.”
By Tony Adams, Sports Editor, Belton Journal