As the Duke City Gladiators traveled to Amarillo last Saturday night, it’s only fitting the game turned into an old-fashioned western shootout.
With both offenses firing on all cylinders, every defensive stop made a difference. But when it came down to it, the Amarillo Venom (6-3 Champions Indoor Football) defeated the Duke City Gladiators (3-3 CIF) in an 89-86 four-overtime indoor football clash.
It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the game as neither team led by much more than a touchdown.
Coupled by a trio of field goal misses from Amarillo’s Jacob Fetzon, Duke City extended their lead to as much as 60-49 with 11:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Venom went on a 14-3 run to end the quarter, which sent the game to overtime.
Gladiators’ quarterback Kasey Peters, wide receiver Dexter Manley, and running back Seth Smith each scored their own touchdowns in extra time. But similar to regulation, the Venom answered back to the Gladiator’s scores and the wild, wild West matchup was finally decided in the fourth overtime.
Peters finished 31-for-45 in passing attempts with 390 passing yards, and eight touchdowns.
Manley added 12 receptions, 126 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Roland Bruno ended with 11 receptions, 122 yards and two touchdowns.