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Revolution Steam Rolled by Express

May 1, 2011 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Richmond Revolution News Release

READING, PA: The Richmond Revolution (1-7) kicked off the second half of their season with a game that ended much like the first half of the season, with a loss. The host Express (6-3) kept it close with the Revolution offense as they fell behind early 7-0 on a 19 yard touchdown pass from Revolution QB Monte Purvis to WR Scorpio Brown. The Express were able to drive down the field on their next possession, taking seven plays to score, capping off the drive with a three yard pass from QB Chris Malleo to WR Jeff Willis. A two play drive for the Revolution followed directly after, with Purvis running the ball in from nine yards out. The 14-7 lead would be the last of the night for the Revolution.

The end of the first half came with some drama as the Revolution, down 21-14, took over the ball at their own one yard line after stopping Malleo's scoring attempt. They were able to complete a pass to the 12 yard line, call timeout, and then complete a 36 yard hail mary to the Express three yard line leaving three seconds remaining on the clock. Two attempts into the end zone fell short and the team carried a seven point deficit into the half instead of ending on a high note tied at 21.

The two teams traded touchdowns at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter as the team attempted to get back into the game, but two backbreaking touchdowns by the Express sealed the deal. First, Malleo hit Collin Taylor on a 48 yard touchdown pass, and then the Express ran back a kickoff 51 yards after Purvis' second touchdown toss to Brown. The Revolution were once again able to get back to within 14 points from another touchdown pass from Purvis, this one to RB Anthony Jones.

The Revolution offense, led by Purvis for the second straight game, moved the ball quite well. Purvis ran for a game high 74 yards and a touchdown, while completing 15 of 29 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Scorpio Brown led the Revolution in receiving as he continued to adjust to the offense, catching seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. WR Josh Crawford contributed 61 yards on two receptions while WR Donnie Avant and Anthony Jones each had three receptions. DB Justin Spruill led the Revolution with eight solo tackles while LB Stanley Jones contributed with the team's only sack. "I liked what I saw out of Monte tonight, he continued to grow into the Quarterback position," said Revolution Head Coach Antonio Hawkins. "We controlled the ball really well tonight, and we made a lot of progress on some important aspects. We just need to put it all together."

The team returns on May 7th for a game against the Chicago Slaughter. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05. For ticket information for the May 7 game, visit www.richmondrevolution.com or call the SportsQuest Membership Center at (804)595-8437.

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