Revolution comeback falls short
BLOOMINGTON, IL.: The Richmond Revolution made their final long road trip of the season for tonight's game in Bloomington, IL, facing a rematch with the team that served them with their first loss of the season. Facing a "White Out" crowd in the US Cellular Coliseum, the Revolution took the field wearing their home blues.
It was a tough first quarter for the Revolution as they fell behind early, 20-0, due to two long 45 yard touchdown passes by Extreme QB Rocky Hinds, as well as a four yard run by the quarterback. The Revolution were able to get on the board in the second quarter on a 15 yd field goal by K Justin Parker, and a six yard run by QB Monte Purvis, who was filling in for injured Revolution Quarterbacks Brandon Jones and Dennis Brown.
The Revolution coaches were able to make some great halftime adjustments as they came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, outscoring the Extreme 16-3 on two Purvis runs of 11 yards and a 38 yard Parker field goal. The Revolution were unable to make it any closer, however, with each team putting up 14 points in the final 15 minutes of play. WR Scorpio Brown and RB Anthony Jones each hauled in a Purvis touchdown pass, with Jones adding a two point conversion run, before failing to recover the onside kick.
Purvis was once again dangerous on the ground as he ran for 83 yards for 3 touchdowns on 14 carries. In the first meeting this season between these two teams Purvis ran for 93 yards, which had him sitting at second in the league in rushing after one game. DB Santonyo Jones, playing in his second game with the Revolution, led the team with 8 tackles, while WR Josh Crawford once again showed his versatility by handling the kick return duties normally filled by Purvis, returning seven kicks for 159 yards.
Problems for the Revolution arose from the lack of protection provided to Purvis as he was sacked seven times by the Extreme defense, forcing the Revolution to have to attempt six field goals on the night. Justin Parker was able to knock two of them through, but missed on four attempts of 36, 39, 26 and 47 yards respectively.
"We have yet to play a full 60 minutes of football this season," said Head Coach Antonio Hawkins. "If we can avoid digging a hole for ourselves and put forward the same effort that we had in the second half tonight we'd be in a lot better shape. We've got a bye week coming up that will allow us to get some of our keys guys healthy again, so I'm looking forward to the second half of the season."
The Revolution have a bye week over the Easter holiday this next weekend, and return to action on Saturday, April 30 in Reading for a rematch with the division rival Express. The Revolution return home on May 7, for the first of three straight games, when the play host to the visiting Chicago Slaughter.
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