Gladiators Fall In Wild West Shootout. QB Peters CIF Offensive Player Honors.
May 20, 2015
Albuquerque, NM – As the Duke City 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 the difference. But when it came down to it, the Amarillo Venom (6-3 CIF) defeated the Duke City Gladiators (3-3 CIF) in an 89-86 four-overtime clash at the Amarillo Civic Center. It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the game as neither team led by more than a touchdown. Coupled by 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 with 31-45 in passing, 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.
The Gladiators continue the on-the-road marathon this week as they head to San Angelo to face the Bandits this 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. On May 25th, the Gladiators will travel to Foster Coliseum to battle the Bandits and 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 25th at Foster Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas and kick-off is set to commence at 6:05 PM Mountain Time. Gladiator fans can see all the action on Saturday at Altitudes Sports Grill inside Hotel Cascada.
The Duke City Gladiators face the San Angelo Bandits on the road on Monday May 25th, 2015 at 6:05 PM Mountain Time. Viewing stream can be found at www.DukeCityGladiators.com. Altitudes Sports Grill inside Hotel Cascada (I-40 & Carlisle) will host a viewing party with great food and drink specials. Come by and wear your Gladiators gear!
**SIDE NOTE: Duke City's very own quarterback Kasey Peters has been awarded the Champions Indoor Football League Offensive Player of the Week 12 Honors. Peters threw 31-45, 390 passing yards and 8 touchdowns last Saturday night versus the Amarillo Venom. He also managed to score another touchdown on a rush. Kasey's offense was 100% in 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 next home game for the Gladiators will take place on Saturday June 6th vs. the Salina Bombers and the venue will be the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Tickets for the game will be available for purchase very soon.
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