Revolution Drop Season Opener, 44-6
BLOOMINGTON, IL: The Richmond Revolution traveled over 800 miles from Richmond, into the Central Time Zone to face their first opponent of the 2011 season, the Bloomington Extreme. The home opener for the Extreme played right into the home team's hands as a turnover prone Revolution team went down 44-6 in front of an announced crowd of 4,413.
The Revolution struggled from the outset of the game, allowing an early touchdown toss by Bloomington QB Rocky Hinds to WR James Walton, to make it 7-0. Two interceptions thrown by Revolution QB Monte Purvis and a missed field goal of over 50 yards by K Justin Parker allowed the Extreme to pile up a halftime score of 31-0, that marked only the second time in league history that a team was held to a scoreless half of football.
One of the few bright spots for the Revolution offense was the running of the football by both Purvis and RB Anthony Jones. Purvis paced both squads with 92 yards on the ground, at an 8.2 yards per rush average. For the game, Purvis completed 9 of 22 passes for only 43 yards and one touchdown, a third quarter score by WR Donva Louder who finished with two receptions for 16 yards.
The Revolution defense, forced to defend short field for most of the game, had a solid second half, giving up only 13 points, and forcing their only turnover of the game, a third quarter interception by Virginia State product DB Andre Lipscomb. The defense was led by 5 total tackles by both DB Daninelle Derricott and DE Reggie Dorsainvil, who also led the team with 1.5 tackles for loss.
"We played a lot of rookies on the field today, a lot of guys playing in their first ever indoor game" said Head Coach Tony Hawkins. "We had a new QB under center that didn't get as many reps as we would have liked, plus we played with a new center, and the familiarity just wasn't there. Our defense settled down a lot in the second half and showed what they were capable of. I am proud of the guys for not giving up and fighting to the final buzzer, and we'll be ready to take on Lehigh Valley this upcoming weekend for the home opener."
The Revolution will play host to the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, who lost to the Reading Express on Saturday night, for the first professional sporting event to be held on SportsQuest's campus. The game will be the second game in the history of the Indoor Football League to be played outdoors, and a crowd of over 2,500 is expected to attend. For ticketing information log on to the Richmond Revolution website or call the SportsQuest office at (804)595-8437. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Revolution seat cushion, and the team will be celebrating George the Eagle's birthday as a part of Kids Night. There will be a pre-game bonfire, a Rita's Ice Cream birthday cake for the kids and other planned surprises for the crowd.
SportsQuest's Richmond Revolution is a proud member of the Indoor Football League, and the 2010 IFL Franchise of the Year. SportsQuest opened the East Campus in September, and will be using all available outdoor fields to host the Jefferson Cup Soccer Tournament the next two weekends. The SportsQuest fieldhouse will be open in the fourth quarter of 2011 and will be the future home of the Revolution.
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Indoor Football League Stories from February 28, 2011
- Venom Looking Forward to Bye Week - Amarillo Venom
- Steelhawks Fall in Debut - Lehigh Valley Steelhawks
- Revolution Drop Season Opener, 44-6 - Richmond Revolution
- Extreme Start 2011 Season in Dominating Fashion, Defeat Richmond 44-6 - Bloomington Extreme
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