Gladiators score 86 in loss

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By The Staff

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.
Peters was awarded the Champions Indoor Football League Offensive Player of the Week 12 Honors after his performance against the Venom.
Kasey’s offense converted 100 percent of 4th down and red zone conversions with a total of 521 offensive yards. This award is the first ever for a Duke City player in the history of the organization.
The Gladiators continue their on-the-road marathon this week as they head to San Angelo to face the Bandits on Memorial Day for a third time this season.
San Angelo currently holds a record of 1-8 this season and the Gladiators look for the one, two, three knock out of the Bandits.
According to coach Bramante and his thoughts on scoring a playoff spot this season, “We just need to keep doing what we are doing and ride out these next two games. We are knocking on the playoff door and I think that’s motivation enough for our guys.”
The match-up is scheduled for Monday May 25 at Foster Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas and kick-off is set to commence at 6:05 p.m.
Gladiator fans can see all the action on Saturday at Altitudes Sports Grill inside Hotel Cascada.
The next home game for the Gladiators is June 6 against the Salina Bombers. The game will take place at the Santa Ana Star Center.