Revolution defeat Raiders 57-48
RICHMOND, VA: Each week seems to present a different and difficult challenge for the Richmond Revolution. Each week, the Revolution has found an answer.
Richmond upended the Rochester Raiders 57-48 on Saturday night in front of 3,116 at the Arthur Ashe Center. The victory was the seventh straight for Richmond, which improved to 10-1 and remains in position to gain home field advantage throughout the Indoor Football League playoffs. Three regular-season games remain, including a 1:05 p.m. kickoff May 29 at the Ashe Center against Green Bay.
Against Rochester, Richmond's opportune defense and special teams helped create five turnovers, including two interceptions by Louis Corum and a late fumble recovery by Jason Holman. That recovery with 31 seconds to play ended Rochester's final possession and enabled the Revolution to run out the clock.
The Revolution got five touchdown passes from quarterback Bryan Randall, who added two scoring runs. That gives Randall 15 touchdowns (nine passing, six rushing) in the past two games. He has 45 touchdown passes on the season. "Right now, we're playing some really good football. We've been able to string some together and I'm eager to see where it takes us," Revolution head coach Steve Criswell said.
Randall finished his playing career at Virginia Tech in 2004, when he was ACC player of the year. But he's a rookie at the indoor game and he feels much better about things now than he did earlier in the season. He had 39 yards rushing in addition to 171 yards passing. He had three touchdown passes in the first half and both his running scores before intermission. He was relatively quiet in the second half but did find Rodney Landers with a huge 4-yard scoring pass with 1:20 to play. "It's coming along. Coach told me it would be a process and it really is," Randall said. "There's things you start to pick up on, the game is slowing down. It's all about making plays."
Said Criswell, "Bryan's learning the reads. He's able to quickly see this or that is not happening and figure things out. He's seeing things a lot better."
The Revolution moved out to a 29-7 lead, with Randall throwing for two scoring passes (one to Antwun Williams, one to Damon Thompson) and running for two scores early. Richmond was able to take advantage of Rochester's problems holding onto the ball as three of the turnovers came early. But the Raiders, who had won four straight, weren't going away easily or quietly. They scored on the last play of the first half and then early in the third quarter to cut the deficit to eight and an intense second-half battle was on. Quarterback Perry Patterson threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns, all to Kevin Concepcion. He had eight catches for 173 yards and now has 27 touchdown receptions on the season. "Their pass-catch combination of Patterson and Concepcion is as good as you'll want to see," Criswell said.
Though the game got closer after intermission, Richmond never lost its lead. Randall's final touchdown, to Landers, came after Rochester moved within three. Then Holman had his fumble recovery. Corum's second interception of the night ended another late-game drive for the Raiders. "That was huge at the time," Corum said. "The game could have gone either way. It fell right into my hands. They're one of the best teams in our conference so we knew we'd have to have a big night and come up with some turnovers."
Said Randall, "We knew coming in they had a high-powered offense. The coaches told us we'd have to make sure we turned any turnovers we got into points. Our defense did a great job of turning the ball over and we were able to put some points on the board. This team is one of those teams that finds a way to win and that's very important when you're making a run. Particularly in this (indoor) game, where it always seems to come down to the end."
Richmond's final three regular-season games include two at home, including a rematch with Rochester on June 12. The IFL playoffs start the weekend of June 26.
• Discuss this story on the Indoor Football League message board...
Indoor Football League Stories from May 22, 2010
- Revolution defeat Raiders 57-48 - Richmond Revolution
- Slaughter Defeat Division Leader Green Bay Blizzard 50-47 - Chicago Slaughter
- Roughnecks Storm Back To Defeat Abilene, 54-51 - West Texas Roughnecks
- Defensive Struggle Goes To Amarillo - Amarillo Venom
- Extreme Spueak by Spartans, 40-37 - IFL
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.